Monthly Archives: December 2009


I love lists. Numbered or bulleted, lists lay out ideas in a readable, digestible format. Lists corral unruly thoughts into a parade of hopes, goals, steps, or plans. Lists rock. As a techincal writer, I spend my days grouping data into lists–numbered lists for procedures, bulleted ones for general or nonsequential items. If I know anything about tech writing, it’s that a tech writer who doesn’t understand the gravity, the flexibility, the utter imperative of lists in good technical writing, a writer who hasn’t beaten bullet points into submission, is no technical writer at all. Given the way lists govern my workday, it’s no surprise I’ve adapted them to my …

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