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Hey imp -

This is totally random thought that came up during the whole childbirth thread.

Ages ago, before DN came back, *I think* you asked about kid-friendly professions that might let you stay at home. Please ignore the rest of this message if that wasn't you. *grin*

If you are ever interested in a career change, I think you'd make an excellent tech writer. That's what I do for a living - I actually got a merit award for it. It still blows my mind because I was the last person in my group of college friends that I pictured writing for a living. My proofing and editing still sucks, but I'm getting better.

Anyway, given how well you write just for fun, I'm willing to bet you'd be a much better and/or more productive tech writer than me.

Even as full time job, it's way more low key than administrator work - the hours are generally better: 9 to 5 or flex unless under deadline.

It pays well and although some of it is moving to India, it's far less likely to go overseas. End users might not care about where the orginal programming was done, but it doesn't pay to send documentation to India only to pay an American editor to make sure there are no "surprises" in the docs stemming from cultural issues etc.

It's also hard to find tech writers that are strong on the technical end of things. My guessimate based on the tech writers I've met is that maybe 1/2 of the field comes from the world of English majors. They aren't necessarily tech savvy or have had any experience supporting users.

As a network administrator, your experience in troubleshooting and teaching people how to use computers is a serious advantage. If you can read code on any level, that's even better.

Anyway, my duty to excise my brain of extranous thoughts is done. Post or e-mail if you want more info. *grin*

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