Welcome to Technically Speaking!
My name is Ryan. I'm a technical writer for the LabVIEW Control Design & Simulation group at National Instruments. When people ask what I do for a living, I respond with "I write software manuals." I follow that up with an explanation and then maybe a little bit about what the LabVIEW Control Design & Simulation products do. Somehow I don't think there is a common definition of "technical writer" the way there is for "district sales manager" or similar positions. Along these lines, I intend for this blog to explore various aspects of technical writing that I deal with on a daily basis. Because my work is about combining technology and writing, you can expect that synthesis to spill over into this blog. I promise to stay somewhat on topic and to try hard not to misspell any words.
A little bit about me:
I joined National Instruments as a technical writer in October 2004. I moved to Austin from Richmond, VA, where I lived for a year after graduating from Virginia Tech in 2003. In my spare time I do fun things like produce electronic music, spin techno records, read lots of books, and enjoy the sunny weather in Austin.
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