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Sayonara, TechCommGeekMom

This post is to announce to the tech comm world that TechCommGeekMom, which has been a tech comm blog running for two years now, is closing its book. I’m just burnt out trying to come up with original articles and spending my time curating relevant information to include on it. It’s time consuming like you wouldn’t believe. Since this was a labor of love—well, the love is lost now. I want a divorce. In fact, I’m leaving tech comm altogether, if I’m going to be forthcoming. Why? I’ve just had enough of it all. Sure, I was all revved-up when I got out of grad school, ready to go and share all my ideas and knowledge with the world, but the world is fickle and unkind. Decent tech comm jobs are hard to come by. My blog was an extension of me showing what I know beyond my resume in the tech comm field. Well, after going to several conferences and working in the field now, it turns out I don’t know too much, and I don’t think I’ll ever catch up. I’m not cut out for this, so I’m quitting while I’m ahead.

Instead, I’ve chosen to fall back on topics that I feel more comfortable with, and I’m pursuing those. I’m going back to what I originally majored in during my college years—history—and I’ve been accepted at Princeton University to pursue a PhD in British History. I’m rather excited about it all. It’s been eating away at me for years that I never followed up my initial studies to transcribe the works of Algernon Sidney beyond his Discourses Concerning Government work and write about them. To supplement my income, now that I won’t be working in tech comm during my studies, I’ll be working during the week at the NJ State Library helping amateur genealogists with their research digging through old newspapers and census records. Once I receive my PhD, I’m hoping that I can go get a job working at the Tower of London or the British Museum, cataloging antiquities or something like that. Maybe working at Debrett’s Peerage would be even more ideal. I’ll need to work weekends too, so I’ll be working at the local yarn shop helping other knitters. Providing knitting help should be interesting, since I can’t even knit beyond your basic knit and purl stitches. It’s an important life skill knowing the difference between merino wool, cashmere wool, and knowing what’s made of acrylic instead, after all.

Yes, getting back to basics will be good for me. It’ll be busy, but it’ll be less stress, less tech. Just what I need.

So, thanks, tech comm, for the kicks and giggles. It was good while it lasted.

Oh, and I hope to see a bunch of you at the 2014 STC Summit.

(Update 4/1/14 at 11:14 PM: Happy April Fool’s Day. Read my post tomorrow afternoon.)


Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

4 thoughts on “Sayonara, TechCommGeekMom

  1. Farewell, adieu, auf wiedersehen. Give me a call: I myself recently decided to give up tech comm and become a sheep herder. (How hard can it be? It’s WOOL, for Pete’s sake.) So I can set you up with some of that merino wool, cashmere, and what-all. I know even less about knitting than you, but if I’ve learned anything from tech comm it’s how to get by without being a subject-matter expert.

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