Write the Docs Podcast
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Write the Docs is a series of conferences, local meetups, and Slack groups focused on all things related to software documentation. We consider everyone who cares about communication, documentation, and their users to be a member of our community. This can be programmers, tech writers, customer support, marketers, and anyone else who wants people to have great experiences with software. This podcast is focused on topics discussed and debated within this community.
||CleanWTD Episode 19: Static site generators, with Jessica Parsons||Jessica Parsons, a documentation engineer from Netlify, joins us for Episode 19 of the WTD Podcast. Jess recently conducted a Static Site Generator workshop at the Australian Write the Docs conference at Melbourne. It was really excellent, and we've bee||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 18: Recap and thoughts on Write the Docs Australia 2018||In episode 18 of the Write the Docs podcast, we discuss the recent Write the Docs Australia 2018 conference held in Melbourne. Jared was an emcee at the event and shares his inside perspective about what made the event so successful. We dive deep into t||11/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 17: Structured writing — reasons and approaches||In this Write the Docs podcast episode, we chat with Mark Baker about structured writing, specifically focusing on his new book Structured Writing: Rhetoric and Process. After introducing and defining structured writing, Mark explains the four domains y||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 16: An open-source Grammarly for tech docs?||This episode focuses mainly on testing tools. Last month, some rockstar WTD community members spent a few days at the Pronovix offices in Szeged, Hungary, trying to create a series of open-source testing tools. Specifically, they wanted to create a ‘c||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 15: User research, tech writer stereotypes, and conversations||After a short summer break, we've returned to the WTD podcast and taken up our mics again to talk about important doc issues. In this episode, we first chat about assumptions we have regarding our users and the value of doing user research. Basing the d||7/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 13: Postman for API development and docs — Interview with Postman Founder||In this episode, we chat with Abhinav Asthana (founder and CEO of Postman) to explore how Postman, a REST client, can be used to create, collaborate, and publish API documentation. If you work with API documentation, you've probably used Postman to make||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 12: Founding ideas behind Write the Docs||In this episode, we chat with Eric Holscher (WTD cofounder) and Mikey Ariel (WTD Europe organizer) about the Write the Docs community itself, including origins, founding ideas, goals, challenges, trends, and roadmaps for the community. We dive specifica||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 11: Combining Forces for Documentation Sources -- Exploring the Mozilla Developer Network's Web Docs project||In this episode of the Write the Docs podcast, we chat with Kadir Topal, product manager for Mozilla Developer Network Web Docs project, about how they manage this large body of documentation for web developers. The MDN project provides standards-based||11/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 10: What's going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners||In this episode, we talk about what's going on in our lives as documentarians and product owners. Chris talks about challenges in collaborating with reviewers in efficient ways. Google Docs works great for gathering comments, but it isn't so good for st||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 9: Chatbots in Documentation||In this episode, we're joined by Ellis Pratt from Cherryleaf to talk about chatbots in documentation. What are chatbots, and how can you incorporate them in your docs to enhance the user experience? Are chatbots the next evolution of wizards? What are s||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 8: Stack Overflow's Documentation Failure and Open Source Challenges||In this episode, we're joined by Beth Aitman to talk about what happened with the Stack Overflow Documentation Beta. What did Stack Overflow try to do with documentation, and why did they abandon the effort? Why did their effort to crowdsource docs fail||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 7: Let the robots do the work||In this podcast, we first explore the flourishing community of technical writers in Poland, discussing why the tech writing scene in Krakow is taking off so quickly and what trends this young tech writing community is embracing. We're joined by special||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 6: Metadata and UI copy||In this episode, we explore the role of metadata in documentation and how it can be used to classify topics and assist in the discoverability of information. We're joined by special guest Eva Jackolis who explains a strategy for metadata used in German||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 5: Where do we belong?||In this episode, we explore where technical writers belong in an organization. Is tech comm best placed within engineering, marketing, product management, or another group? We also talk about strategies for doc navigation, in particular, the merits of i||4/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 4: Continuous Integration and Docs like Code||In this episode, we talk about continuous integration strategies for docs (for style, screenshots, and REST calls). We also dive into discussions around docs as code, including how to encourage developer collaboration, how to stay informed about the cod||3/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 3: Technical writing trends for 2017||In this episode, we discuss top technical writing trends for 2017. Chris discusses how more technical writers are interacting with support groups, and even being embedded within support departments. Jared discusses how docs are being planned for earlier||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 2: Findability -- helping users find what they're looking for||In episode 2 of the Write the Docs podcast, we explore how to help users find what they're looking for in your documentation. We talk about various tools for findability: search, tags, faceted filters, sidebar navigation, inline links, related links, te||12/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWTD Episode 1: This week in tech comm||In this first episode, we introduce the co-hosts, the podcast theme, and chat about a few articles. The four co-hosts include Jared Morgan, Carlee Potter, Chris Ward, and Tom Johnson. We're located in Sydney, Brisbane, Berlin, and California. In this ep||11/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
The topics and discussions are interesting and engaging.
My one suggestion is that they can improve the sound quality and mics they’re using. They often talk over each other or have awkwardly long pauses due to lag and connection issues.
Otherwise, I’m very glad I found this show.