Corona – work from home

Countries in lock-down, schools and universities closed, shops not open, only supermarkets offering their goods, borders closed. Welcome to 2020. Who would have thought that a few months ago. A virus spreading from China, probably originating from the USA,  laming economies, transport sectors, tourism, and asking for special measures from companies…so there I am, working from home.

home work

Communication is done via Teams and e-mail,  weekly Skype meetings with team member and manager should keep me up to date and busy. Still, missing your colleagues face-to-face is a weird feeling. Social contact is different..forget about office jokes or be glad you don’t have to listen to them..your choice.

Problematic is that I went down from three monitors to one tiny laptop screen. The company is willing to send one to my address, but the table i work on  is too small to hold it. So, i just make do. Also have to et around that I now live in my office..so working hours are a bit fluid.

If you might get bored at home, here are a few tips.

  1. Join the Slack community on https://www.writethedocs.org. Chat, share tips, look out for remote meetups.
  2. Just type ‘technical writer blog’ in your search engine and have fun. There are more than you would imagine. Quite a few have stopped, others just keep going.
  3. Always wanted to get some API writing knowledge? Check out Tom Johnson his blog. He offers a free API course.
  4. Listen to blogs on technical writing. You tube offers some basic stuff. The ones i like are done by Cherryleaf.
  5. For everything new under the sun about European machine related writing, visit Ferry Vermeulen his blogs.

Feel free to share your home work experiences.

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