Author Archives: Michelle Corbin

First impressions or assumptions based on the words we use

I love the Nielsen Norman Group articles. Their tag line summarizes their style of writing well: “Evidence-Based User Experience Research, Training, and Consulting.” Their articles are focused, on a single topic, and they always include inline links to other articles … Continue reading

Posted in Copy editing, Language, Terminology, Writing | 2 Comments

Standard English is built from agreed-upon conventions

I’m busily preparing a course for the UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Technical Communication certificate program. It is “Grammar and Style for Technical Communicators.” I’ve chosen three (yes, three!) textbooks, and I continue to find wonderful articles across the bloggersphere and … Continue reading

Posted in Copy editing, Grammar

The value of edit summaries

After you complete an edit, do you take the time to review your edits as a whole and write an edit summary for the author? Or, is this (or some part of this) just part of your email that you … Continue reading

Posted in Copy editing, Substantive editing, Technical Editing | 2 Comments

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

Posted in Blog

Many hats…but one love of technical editing

About a year ago, I wrote a post about where I was taking my blog — I was widening the scope to include more than just technical editing topics as my very first post suggested. I did post on a … Continue reading

Posted in Content Strategy, Information Architecture, Technical Editing

Learning from the 2015 web design trends

Hello, loyal readers! Here we are, at the end of another year, and I once again struggled to keep an even publishing schedule of posts. I start out strong, hit a vacation time, and struggle to get back into the … Continue reading

Posted in Content Strategy, Information Architecture

Defining information architecture

A few year’s ago, I made a pass at defining information architecture from a technical communicator’s perspective, which described how I morphed from a technical editor into an information architect, and which was mostly based off of Peter Morville’s work. … Continue reading

Posted in Information Architecture