You wouldn’t tell it from my accent, but I was born and raised in Wales. I went to London to study journalism and spent about seven years working in print and radio, mostly as a staff news reporter. My earliest online credit is a 1996 research byline from the Independent on Sunday.
After that, I spent about five years traveling around the world. To fund myself, I did a lot of office temping jobs, but I also did a few stints working on sailing ships.
When I returned to Europe, I retrained as a technical writer and did that for almost fifteen years in the consumer electronics, data analysis, education, retail, and security sectors. I wrote software documentation for users, system administrators and developers.
I completed a master’s degree in informatics (computer science for liberal arts grads) and eventually rose to the grade of principal technical writer before switching to the field of developer relations. In my current role, I’m a solutions engineer. I write a weekly DevRel blog.
While not reflecting my current standard of writing, my undergraduate dissertation Animal Rights in the British Broadsheet does contain original research. It also demonstrates that it is possible to convert a Mac Word 5.1 document to DocBook, although the images reflect the limitations of the original format. My paper on Square-Rig Sailing was submitted in completion of the requirements of a City & Guilds in Technical Communications Techniques. My graduate dissertation Why Don’t Women Play Video Games? was researched and written in a hurry, but contains some unexpected findings.