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About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started 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, TechCommGeekMom.com, 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. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.

A memorial tribute to Donn DeBoard, 1954-2020

This past week has been rough. One of my friends and tech comm mentors, Donn DeBoard, passed away.  He was one of my biggest advocates, and I will sorely miss him.  I wrote a memorial announcement that’s going to be … Continue reading

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Work with Persona — Beyond Empathy Map

Step to facilitate the user-centered design process Source: Work with Persona — Beyond Empathy Map Kirk St. Amant posted this on Facebook today, and I found it interesting. I’m not sure that I’ve always been taught to include empathy and emotions into … Continue reading

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How to Prevent UX Workers From Quitting

Solving one issue can clear up so many of the problems user experience practitioners have on the job. Source: How to Prevent UX Workers From Quitting If you’ve ever worked in UX or CX or content strategy, this is an … Continue reading

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Maintaining Your Principles While On the Job

Ooh…she’s going into controversial territory here… (Well, yeah, I am. What’s new?) I’ve heard some people say that the COVID-19 pandemic and world events really has them looking at life very differently now on a number of levels. One of … Continue reading

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What is UX Writing? | UX Booth

There’s a new job in town. Google’s looking. Amazon’s looking. Dropbox, Paypal…many of the big players in tech are now looking for User Experience Writers. This week, Kristina Bjoran explains how writing-focused user experience designers will be a critical part … Continue reading

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A plea, to everyone – from content designers, everywhere

Content design is an actual thing It sounds obvious, but content design is a real thing. Before trying to advocate what content designers are, it’s probably easier to explain what they’re not. Source: A plea, to everyone – from content … Continue reading

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How Can a Company That is Largely Remote Be a Great Place to Work? – LinkedIn

While going through my LinkedIn thread today, I found this article, and discovered that it succinctly tells what’s needed for an effective and positive experience in having a remote workplace: How Can a Company That is Largely Remote Be a … Continue reading

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Is remote work finally back on track in tech comm?

Today, I was reading Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post about remote work, and how Facebook is realizing that a lot of people like remote work. Surprise, surprise! They acknowledge there’s some down-sides to working remote in some cases, but they want … Continue reading

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A reflection: Finding work during lockdown….PFFFT.

As I write this, we’ve been under shelter-in-place for almost nine weeks where I live. Where I live, we are very much near the heart of where the worst outbreaks are in the United States. With the exception of leaving … Continue reading

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How Gen Z can succeed during a recession, from a millennial who’s been there – Forbes

The current pandemic is unprecedented, but there are some clear economic lessons to be learned from the 2008 financial crisis. – Elizabeth Segran How Gen Z can succeed during a recession, from a millennial who’s been there I found this … Continue reading

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