Friday, April 22, 2005

Published Work (So What is it you do Again?)

A consultant or freelancer of any kind needs to be able to ask the question, "so what do you do?" I like to tell people I'm a blogging consultant, but more often than not, I'm a technical writer. What I do on any given day is just as likely to be writing whitepapers[1].

Here are a few samples of papers that I have written or to which I have been a major contributor:

Windows Server 2003 Reviewer's Guide

Good, Better, Best: Windows SharePoint Services Integration with Microsoft Office

Integration Guide for Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services

Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Custom Management Pack Development at Microsoft

Advanced Smart Tag Tools

Smart Tag Security

Office XP and BizTalk Integration

Coexistence of Windows Server 2003 and Windows NT 4.0

1. A whitepaper is a balanced document which lays out a company's opinion on a specific topic, often with supporting arguments and information. The "balanced" is the tricky part. It means that the document is supposed to be fair and honest. In practice, this also means "balancing act", because the paper must also be true to a company's view of itself and the strengths of its product. A better word than balanced might be "credible".

Yeah, credibility is something that whitepapers have in common with blogs. Is it any surprise I find blogs interesting.


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