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Write Open Source

By Rolfe Dlugy-Hegwer
A behind-the-scenes look at technical writing for open-source software. We connect with writers and other doc experts to hear their stories about overcoming challenges, working on special projects, and learning new methods.
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Jim Angel, Infrastructure Cloud Consultant at Google, on how NOT getting a $1/hr raise launched his tech career

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Diagrams help your readers understand. Chris Metz gives "A brief demonstration of Mermaid.js"
This episode is a video demo, which you can see here on spotify or vimeo.   Chris Metz is a freelance solutions architect and tech writer with cloud and emerging technologies based in Danville, California, near the San Francisco Bay Area.  In "A brief demonstration of Mermaid.js," Chris  shows us how to use Mermaid.js to add diagrams to your documentation.  Chris recently added the Diagram Guide to the website, where he is a regular contributor. To me, this diagrams-as-code has several benefits: It separates the content of the diagrams from how they are presented, which means that all your diagrams have a consistent look. The search results will include your diagrams when you edit and search your docs. Writers and developers can directly create diagrams without using specialized tools or creating asset files that get lost.
February 13, 2022
Jim Angel, Infrastructure Cloud Consultant at Google, on how NOT getting a $1/hr raise launched his tech career
Jim Angel volunteers as a Kubernetes Member/Contributor and Cloud-Native Ambassador and leader in the Kubernetes Docs SIG. Here, he shares his personal story of getting into tech, localizing the Kubernetes docs, and leadership opportunities.
January 27, 2022
Tim Bannister on contributing to the documentation
Tim Bannister is a technical lead for the documentation special interest group and a consultant at The Scale Factory. Here he talks about contributing to the documentation and joining the documentation special interest group (SIG). For Podcast notes, visit
December 24, 2021
Mike McKiernan at Red Hat tells us about using Git Commit to automate adding metadata to his content files
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November 16, 2021