Author Archives: Liz Fraley

STC Events Plan for 2019

As you may recall, in December 2018 the East Bay chapter partnered with Silicon Valley, Berkeley, and San Francisco to float an idea to all of you: merging the four chapters into STC NorCal. We asked for your input, and you responded brilliantly – thanks to all who contributed.

Although the response was overwhelmingly positive: 88% of all respondents supported the plan as written (of these, 62% indicated strong support), and offered a variety of reasons and suggestions for their approval. Some folks had very reasonable concerns regarding responsible budgeting and content archiving, to name a few. The chapter leadership will work to address these points going forward.

Unfortunately, our grand experiment didn’t work out. It’s a lot harder getting the machine to change than expected. However, we’re taking what we learned to try again. We picked the event from the last six months that had the best response from our members.

What does this mean?

A lot less push email and a lot more fun.

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Mastering Your Website 101 – 30 April 2019 [Meeting]

Feeling intimidated about running a website? Considering moving from your old hosting service to another? Don’t know the difference between your HTTPs and your PHPs? Want to learn some tricks and tips for streamlining your web presence with social media?

Then this is the webinar for you. We’ll go over the basics of creating and running a website using WordPress and cPanel, along with some additional tools designed to make your webmastering easier.


  • Establishing a domain.
  • Hosting the content of that domain.
  • Creating content on your hosted domain by using WordPress.
  • Managing website background details with tools like cPanel.
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The Current Market for Technical Communicators in the Bay Area [Virtual Meeting – 10 April 2019]

As a veteran recruiter of technical content developers, Andrew will present his insights on the current job market for tech writing and other services in the Bay Area. Where are the jobs now, and where might they be moving in the next year? How can you stay relevant in your current role, or grow to fit a new one?

About Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis has recruited technical content developers in the SF Bay Area since 1995. He is a former software industry Technical Writer and has a reputation for both understanding and championing the role of content development.

Andrew enjoys helping those who communicate complex information get ahead by recognizing and refining their value to technology companies. He’s candid and connected and, just as importantly, he likes to help tech industry workers achieve independence from intermediaries.

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Social Time: 6:00-7:15pm
Presentation Time: 7:15-8:30pm
Location: NorCal STC on Facebook
Cost: Free

Go to Berkeley or Watch Remotely! 

Andrew will be at the Berkeley STC Chapter in person but they will be streaming their meeting live over Facebook. You can watch – without braving 5:30 traffic. 

Get interactive! The Berkeley team will be monitoring the chat window. Hop onto NorCal STC on Facebook, and you can ask the speaker your burning questions in real-time!

How do I see the feed? 

On the NorCal Facebook page, there’s a navigation link for Videos on the left hand side. Refresh the page as the Presentation Time gets closer. As soon as the feed is live, a RED DOT will appear next to the Video link. Click the link and then join the livestream.

TC Camp & API Workshop – 26 & 27 April 2019 [Event]

Unconference – Saturday 27 April

Hosted this year at San Jose State University, TC Camp is a weekend of collaboration and creative energy. At this popular techcomm getaway, you’ll do more than talk shop with Silicon Valley’s best technical communicators – you’ll come away with a whole new set of information development skills and resources. Soak up five expert workshops on topics like static website generation, promoting smooth SME communication, and more. Learn more…

Pre-Camp Full-Day API Training – Friday 26 April

And don’t miss the pre-camp full-day API Training bootcamp on April 26! A working understanding of good API documentation is swiftly becoming a prerequisite for many Bay Area writing positions. Whether you’re a beginner to the concept, or have some experience with APIs but could use that extra edge, this is the event to solidify your knowledge and transform it into high-value savvy. Learn More…

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