New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Resolutions.  What to say about new years resolutions.  I hate them.

Ok, so that might be a little strong, but I don’t particularly care for them.  I don’t swear at midnight on January 1 to lose a few pounds.  You’ll not hear me promise to lower my cholestoral (although I probably should), nor will I make any other sorts of promises.  I find that once real life kicks back into high gear after the holidays resolutions become secondary and somewhat unimportant and often fall to the wayside.

This year, however, after resisting as long as I could, I broke from this philosophy and made a resolution. I promised myself I would broaden my horizons and learn some new tricks of the trade.  I’ve been a Technical Communicator for almost seven years and I feel my skill set is still very thin.  Much of the work I do is limited to Word. I don’t know Framemaker or any other authoring tool.  I’ve done no online work (other than social media and I don’t think that counts).  I feel these are things any neophyte writer should be schooled in.

Part of my shortcoming has been circumstance.  The jobs I have held haven’t required some of the skills I mentioned. But that’s an excuse and excuses are for lazy people.  I’m not lazy.

Being a member of the Technical Writing World community and following so many great writers on Twitter I realized that I’m behind the times for our industry and I need to pull up my socks and get some work done.

I’ve got my sights set on Content Management strategies and tools as wells web design concepts, but I don’t plan on stopping there.

So, after my little rant and a bit of self-loathing (sorry about that, by the way), I guess my question is if you had to pick one Tech Comm skill (or any skill for that matter) you’d like to learn in 2012 what would it be?

I’d love to hear from you.

 

Comments

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    Sandy Stuckless Post author

    Point taken, Marie.  And your absolutely right.  If your committed to learning new things and broadening a skillset, it shouldn’t take the turning of the calendar to get your a– ahem, yourself in gear.

    Your example is a great one and I’m happy for your success.  Now it’s my turn 🙂

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    Sandy Stuckless Post author

    Point taken, Marie.  And your absolutely right.  If your committed to learning new things and broadening a skillset, it shouldn’t take the turning of the calendar to get your a– ahem, yourself in gear.

    Your example is a great one and I’m happy for your success.  Now it’s my turn 🙂

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