My good friend Ricardo Feliciano has created an amazing new initiative that we’re excited about, Docs Thursday. It’s a time for us to consider the open-source documentation we use and love, and see how we can contribute to improving it.
My road to becoming a technical writer can be boiled down to two facts:
I love open source software.
I’m not very adept at coding.
These two points seem to conflict with each other since so many great OSS (open source software) projects are lacking in documentation. Many are written with a higher expectation of prerequisite knowledge than I had when I began my journey.
I’d like to see a world where the projects I use are documented for the beginner. I’d like to see project maintainers ask themselves “If this tool is someone’s first attempt at using something like this, what do they need to know to hit the ground running?”
It’s for these reasons that I’ll be spending the third Thursday of next month, and the months thereafter, giving back to the tools I use and love. I hope you’ll do the same.
<promotion class="shameless self"> and if you love Pantheon, consider spending next Thursday looking at some of our docs issues labeled
Help Wanted, to see if you can contribute your expertise to help others.