August 12th, 2011 16:00 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Keith Johnson, Technical Writer and Author
Keith Johnson is a Senior Technical Writer with fifteen years of IT experience. Also, Motivational Author with five years of writing experience, drawing upon blogging, travel, social networking, and personal experiences to write books that will empower his readers.
Hello Keith, how are you today?
I am great, thank you for asking.
How long have you worked as a Technical Writer?
Fifteen (15) years now.
How did you decide to become a Technical Writer?
I first discovered the joy of writing in college, at my Alma Mater, Willamette University. I majored in Philosophy and also served the campus as News Editor of the student newspaper. After working as a Software Trainer for several years in Brazil, I decided to merge my writing skills with my professional interests in computer software and technology.
What do you enjoy documenting the most?
Microsoft Windows and Web-based applications.
What is your position on open-source software?
Open-source software is great, especially when there is no proprietary application that can perform a certain task. At times like these, I turn to open-source applications. However, there are still some great proprietary applications that the open-source movement has yet to catch.
What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon)
Computer Programming Certificate from the Computer Learning Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
Masters of Science in Education from Nova Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
What software programs do you use the most as a Technical Writer?
1. Microsoft Office Professional Edition
2. Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise Edition
3. Adobe Technical Communication Suite
How can someone get in touch with you?
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.