About

Name: Holly Harkness
Occupation: Manager, Technical Communications

Affiliations:
Society for Technical Communication (STC)
Membership manager of the Atlanta chapter
Have also served as chapter president.  
Assistant manager of the Society’s Management SIG

American Society for Training and Development (ASTD)

What’s with the name of your blog?
Scott Adams created a character named Tina the tech writer for his comic strip Dilbert. She’s brittle, humorless, literal, and wonders why she doesn’t get any respect or interesting work. Like many caricatures, Tina has a basis in reality.

This blog will explore issues in technical communication and its professional association the Society for Technical Communication.

My previous blog can be found on LiveJournal. This covers my term as president of the Atlanta chapter. The President’s Blog

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8 Responses to About

  1. Bill Albing says:

    Holly, that’s for joining KeyContent.org. Look around and let us know if you have any questions. By the way, your blog entry on Jared Spool’s comment about tech writing is malformed — it should be http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2007/05/16/where-did-technical-writing-go/. You might want to edit the syntax to make sure it displays and links correctly. Thanks for blogging. We’ll add a link on our site to yours. Keep up the good work!

  2. hharkness says:

    Thanks, Bill!
    I fixed that link.

  3. Mike Hughes says:

    Good to find your blog! BTW, you are the LAST person I would ever call Tina 🙂

  4. Susan says:

    Hi Holly, just found your blog after following your Twitter. Just added you to my blogroll and Twitter. Look forward to reading your posts.

  5. hharkness says:

    Thank you, Susan!
    I was in Shanghai two years ago. If I ever get back there, I’ll look you up!

  6. Jack Massa says:

    Hiya, Holly,
    I am finally able to do some research into social media and blogging. I am enjoying your blog and also Mike Hughes’. I notice you are using WordPress and he is on blogger.com. Any upsides or downsides to WordPress you’d care to share?

    – Jack

  7. hharkness says:

    Jack,
    I moved to WordPress from LiveJournal because LiveJournal puts advertising on your site.
    Both were free.

    WordPress has a self-hosted version (also free), but I’m on the version that WordPress host.
    It’s more work to set up a self-hosted version, but you have much greater flexibility in design. You can also add some cool widgets to your site. Since you are technically talented, you might enjoy the self-hosted version.

    I’m don’t know the advantages of WordPress over Blogger. Tom Johnson has written extensively about WordPress — the positives and negatives– on his blog http://www.IdRatherBeWriting.com.

    When you start your blog, send me the link!

  8. Holly,
    LOVE the title of your blog! Of course, even in spite of the fact that I’m way behind schedule, the name had me too curious to leave without find out, “Why? Why not call her Tina?” 🙂

    So, thanks kindly for following me on Twitter and thanks, too, for giving an explanation behind “Don’t Call Me Tina!” (Else, I wouldn’t have been able to get to sleep tonight! :-))

    Keep STRONG, Tin… I mean, Holly! 🙂

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