Telling Your Story Using the ProEdit Approach

Great writing moves the world. Every day, companies rely on ProEdit to tell their story, teach their employees, hire staff, and explain their products. Creative Teamwork Each project begins with a kickoff meeting. We discuss your business objectives and outline a plan to meet your deadline. Our award-winning team of writers, editors, and instructional designers learn your company voice to develop content that speaks to your audience. We apply...

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Making It in Today’s Gig Economy with Confidence and Good Advice

Leap into the gig economy with confidence and some good advice. The gig economy allows people to choose their work and monetize their assets. It promises flexibility and control. Increased gig worker demand is driven by customers who only want to pay for the projects and services they need right now. For new workers, however, entering the gig economy is scary. Gigs don’t have the stability of traditional jobs. They worry, “Do I have...

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Clutter: How to Remove Extra Words that Make You Sound Boring

When was the last time you finished reading a paragraph and then realized that you have no idea what it said? This is one symptom of boring writing. Hopefully, you weren’t reading your own report. The easiest way to correct boring writing is to remove clutter. Clutter is any extra sentence, word, or syllable that doesn’t contribute to your main point. If your words aren’t helping you, they’re hurting you. Clutter bores...

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ProEdit Wins Another APEX Award for Publication Excellence in Technical Writing

ProEdit has won a tenth APEX Award. ProEdit submits some of the team’s favorite work for consideration in the APEX Awards. This year, our team was honored to receive an APEX Award in the technical communication category. The competition draws writers, designers, and communicators from across the industry. ProEdit’s latest submission was a 72-page technical manual for an international non-profit organization. We designed the manual...

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My Baby Learns Language Better Than I Do

Learning a new language is like staring through a window at a whole new world. I’ve been learning a new language while my one year old is learning English. Guess who’s ahead. A few months ago, my family and I moved to Asia. I started learning a new language—one of those really hard ones. My wife and I get to watch while our baby learns language too. Our sweet little girl is just beginning to talk. My Baby’s Better At This I...

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Jibber Jabber: The Unwritten Ablaut Reduplication Rule

English is rich with fun, eccentric conventions that go unnoticed. Like The Unwritten Adjective Rule, The Unwritten Ablaut Reduplication Rule is a maxim that we all seem to follow instinctively. You’ve definitely used it, but you’ve almost certainly never noticed. Ablaut Reduplication In linguistics, reduplication is the expressive repetition of a single word, or the pairing of a word with another of similar sound or spelling....

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User Manual Motion Graphics and How to Use Them

User manual motion graphics add clarity and interest to digital documentation. Good user manual motion graphics can illustrate procedures faster and more clearly than words and pictures can. Videos, cinemagraphs, animated gifs, and microinteractions are useful in different contexts. Knowing when to choose each type of motion graphic can make or break your user manual design. Here are some tips for making quality motion graphics for your digital...

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7 Tips for Working Less When You’re on Vacation

Make your next vacation better by working less. No one wants to work during vacation. It’s no fun, and family time suffers. Taking restful breaks from work is healthy and makes us more productive in the long run. But sometimes, we have no choice. Small business owners, new employees, commissioned salespeople, and workers in certain professions often need to work a little while they’re on vacation. Here are some tips to minimize how much you...

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Lessons from Amazon’s Typo Catastrophe

One Amazon employee took down almost half the internet with a single typo. Here’s what happened, and how to protect your business from costly mistakes across all kinds of systems and media. Amazon’s Typo Takedown As It Happened On February 28, 2017, Amazon Web Services’s S3 experienced a major service disruption. S3 hosts hundreds of thousands of websites and apps. The interruption came suddenly and lasted almost four hours. A...

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4 Dastardly Reasons People Make Typos On Purpose

People who make typos on porpoise always have an agenda. Have you noticed an uptick in the number of high-profile typos lately? We’re editors by trade, so we may be a little biased, but it feels as though official Twitter accounts are making weekly headlines for their typos. It’s happening so often that it begs the question whether people are making typos on purpose. Why would someone do that? We’ll count down the four most...

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Half the World Is Now Online

More people are using the internet from mobile devices than ever before, and social media is changing how companies provide content and do e-commerce. We Are Social and Hootsuite have published Digital in 2017 Global Overview, which details worldwide internet and social media statistics. The report provides data about internet penetration, social media usage, mobile phone subscriptions, and much more. The report is below. Half of the...

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10 Content Curation Questions to Ask Before You Share

If you share stuff online, then you do content curation. But are you sharing worthwhile content? The following ten questions come from Srividya Kumar at eLearning Industry. These are the essential questions you need to ask for effective content curation (the editorial comments below are ours): 1. How recent is the information? (Criteria: Currency) Many writers use present tense along with time markers like “now,” “just,”...

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