As per my experience, very few people take documentation seriously. A lot of people opine that documentation is tideous and boring. Nobody has time to go through pages and pages. People want something interesting and easily accessable.
A few days ago, I was invited to my college as a guest speaker. The college had organized a career guidance session. I was asked to share views on technical writing as a career. I also had some instructional designers with me who had come to talk about their field. I noticed, youngsters are more interested in instructional designing as opposed to technical writing. For the same reasons I mentioned earlier.
It just got me thinking. Do we need to introduce more interesting mediums to technical writing? Will it help users connect to the content we deliver in a better way? The world is going digital. Almost everything is available at a ‘touch’ (Android and Windows phones). Can we switch to more interactive mediums than going the conventional documentation way?
My bet: Yes. We need to adapt ourselves to the changing demands of the market. I think it’s time we focus more on Mobile, Podcasts, and Social Media.
Do share what you feel about this.