When I look back at the last 2 years as a tech writer, the moments in which I’ve had the most fun have been when

  1. I wrote a Python or Javascript tool to automate some documentation task…and it works! and colleagues adopt it, grassroots style!
  2. I rewrote a bunch of old crusty content for minimalism in DITA and shared/structured the heck out of it…without much developer input. ‘Cause I understood it!

Most recently I’m have fun with rewriting some hardware help for DITA. Since the hardware specs are already in DITA, I was able to single-source between them, plus turn a bunch of essays about hardware implementation into really terse tables. yay!