Hi, I’m Jenny. Some quick facts about me:
- I’m a technical writer, and have been for quite a while now. If you want to ask “how long?” then you should interview me. I’m older than I look but younger than I seem.
- I’ve written for end-users and IT pros. I’ve created training materials, IT policies and procedures, user and admin guides, and the odd disaster recovery plan. I’m known for being a tech-savvy writer, tackling projects that involve first-to-market technologies, tight deadlines, and alternative publishing methods. My commitment to in-depth product understanding and project success makes me a person that developers, testers, project managers, and consultants want on their team. I’m not afraid to put my hands on the product and I’m comfortable with building my own test environment (provided I have the needed machines, real or virtual). Although I can write from specs only, if I have to, I prefer to write straight from the software.
- After years of dedicating myself to my career (nearly to the exclusion of all else), I’m going back to first principles, as it were, and remembering what I used to like to do for fun. It’s a perpetual journey and I’ve discovered (and rediscovered) a lot about myself, learned new skills, and developed new tastes.
- I’m a freak for books, letters, and books about letters (and books consisting of letters). I send postcards, notes, and small things to random people via Postcrossing and sendsomething.net. I collect interesting postcards anyway and being able to send them on a spontaneous round-the-world trip makes me happy. Not to mention, the prospect of welcoming a similar traveller, myself.
- I lost my heart in San Francisco and it landed in Seattle. Although it’s been kicked around a bit since then, I don’t think I could feel as comfortable anywhere else.
- I’m no stranger to writing online. Back in the early 2000s, I started a personal blog, first on Blogger.com (pre-Google), then on my own web site. In the evolution of that blog, I became familiar with web site administration and could do some pretty good damage to Perl and PHP scripts. I also used a bunch of blogging software, including Greymatter and Movable Type (when it was simple & free), before finally giving myself over to WordPress. That blog eventually ran its course and after around 4 years, I was done. After I shut it down, I published a book of the archives through Blurb.com.
- In the course of operating my personal blog, I was included in the (out of print) O’Reilly book Essential Blogging (Chapter 10, “Blogging Voices,” page 228, to be exact). I didn’t discover this until years after the fact, but I still think it’s pretty cool.