Join us at TC Camp, Jan 25

Many of us from the North Bay Communicators Network will be heading down to TC Camp on January 25.


TC Camp is an Unconference focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local bay area conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.


If you’d like to carpool, email <>, or join in on the discussions on our mail list ( Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Big Discount – Intelligent Content Conference


I’ve got a special promo code for big discounts to attend the Intelligent Content Conference!

The 6th Annual Intelligent Content Conference is taking place in San Jose, CA on Wednesday Feb. 26- Friday Feb. 28, 2014. Hosted by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler and Ann Rockley of The Rockley Group, the event is filled with learning opportunities, including presentations from 70 leading experts.

If you register now through January 31 and use the discount link below, you’ll receive a big discount:

ALL ACCESS PASS $1250 (regularly $2050)
CONFERENCE ONLY $999 (regularly $1550)
WORKSHOP ONLY $400 (regularly $650)

Here’s the link to register with the discounted rate:

After you register, someone from the ICC will follow up to confirm your hotel reservations at a special discount room rate. Note that although payment for the conference is due at the time of registration, you will not be charged for your hotel room (if you reserve one during the registration process) until you check out at the end of the conference.

Here’s more info:

About the Conference

The sixth annual Intelligent Content Conference takes place February 26-28, 2014 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose, CA. The event will equip attendees with the knowledge they need to break down the barriers preventing them from connecting content with those who need it. More than 70 experts will present examples, standards, methods, strategies, and tools needed to deliver the right content, to the right people, at the right place and time, on any device.


Simply put, ‘intelligent content’ is content that is not limited to one purpose, technology or output. It’s content that is structurally rich and semantically aware, and is therefore discoverable, reusable, reconfigurable and adaptable. It’s content that helps you and your customers get the job done. It’s content that works for you and it’s limited only by your imagination. Learn more about intelligent content and how it can benefit your organization.

* Content Strategy
* Content Engineering
* Content Marketing
* Digital Publishing
* eBooks, Apps, and Mobile
* Structured Authoring
* Adaptive Content
* Language and Culture
* Personalized Content
* Dynamic Publishing
* Content Reuse
* Translation Automation
* Information Visualization
* Big Data and Analytics

Looking forward to seeing you there!

January Meeting: Making the Most of WordPress

Want to learn more about WordPress and how you can make the most of this useful tool? Join us on Tuesday, January 21!

  • Basics – We’ve all heard how easy it is to set up a website with WordPress, but what’s really involved and what are the fundamental pieces?
  • Plugins/themes – Once you’re up and running, how do you add more functionality and customize the appearance?
  • Where is it used and how can you use it? – Not all WordPress websites “look” like WordPress websites. What are some of the different ways the WordPress technology can be used?

Our presenter will be Chris Burbridge – Chris is a WordPress expert with nearly 20 years experience working with technical teams and laypersons to use technologies, combined with a knowledge of writing and business, to communicate effectively.

For more information, visit

If you have specific WordPress questions, send them in ahead of time and Chris may be able to work that in to his presentation.

This meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm and will be completely “virtual” through GoToMeeting. Space is limited, so RSVP to <> if you’re planning to attend.

December Social

Please join us for a holiday social at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato on Tuesday, December 17 from 6-8pm. Lets get together to make plans for the new group in the new year! Bring your ideas and suggestions to help make the North Bay Communicators Network a reality.

If you think you may be able to join us, please RSVP to <>.

November Meeting

Our first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov 21 at 7pm (till 8:30 at the latest). This will be a virtual meeting through GoToMeeting. We’ll discuss the following items ..

  • Future meeting schedule
  • Future meeting venue(s)
  • Website features .. what do you want to see?
  • Call for volunteers to manage portions of the website

We will also have a walkthrough of the website back end (WordPress) to familiarize people with the features and options available.

If you’re interested in attending, please send an email to <>. We will send out the GoToMeeting invitations earlier in the day on Nov 21.

If you’re unable to attend, but want to help out, send us an email and we’ll let you know what’s needed. Feel free to continue to post ideas to the “Ideas” forum and we’ll discuss those items at the meeting.

Attendance is limited to 25, so be sure to RSVP early (I can’t imagine that we’d have that many people, but you never know).

STC-NorthBay .. what’s next?

Our meeting on October 29 was well attended and quite productive. We have decided to create a new group that is not directly affiliated with STC to support communicators (of all types) in the North Bay. This group will meet regularly (frequency to be decided) and will likely alternate between educational meetings and socials. We hope to continue meeting at the Petaluma Senior Center since it seems to be a central location and has WiFi (so we can offer remote attendance).

We are hoping to locate a sponsor who will fund the meeting venue, but we have a plan for that so shouldn’t be a problem.

The new group will be called “North Bay Communicators Network”, and will have a web presence at

The success of this group will depend entirely on involvement and support by the members. There will be no dues and no membership requirements. If you want to be involved, you are a member.

We will be setting up a new maillist for the group, which you will need to subscribe to if you want to receive emails and information.

You are, of course, encouraged to renew your STC membership and affiliate with one of the other local chapters if you’re benefiting from that organization. This new group is not intended to be a replacement for STC, but to provide local and more personal support for communicators in the area.

More info will be sent out in the coming days/weeks.


Welcome to the North Bay Communicators Network website! We are just getting things set up, so bear with us for now. You should be able to log in or register add new ideas to the “Ideas!” forum.

If you have an avatar registered with, that image will be used in your forum profile.

Over the coming days and weeks we will be adding more information to the website. Please do add your suggestions to the forum and volunteer to help out.

Announcements and information about this group will be sent to the NBCOMM Yahoo group. You can sign up for that mail list at ..

STC NorthBay chapter is closing

STC NorthBay members will likely have received an email indicating that STC headquarters is closing our chapter for “low activity.” We are sad to see the chapter come to an end, and value the networking and social time we’ve had together. We are hoping to have a final meeting (or two) as a chapter and you’re all invited at no charge. Proposed date is Oct. 24.

We encourage you to remain members of STC and affiliate yourselves with one of the other Bay Area chapters:

We are planning on starting a new group that’s independent of STC, a resource that will provide an opportunity for professionals involved in a wide range of writing and publishing fields to network and socialize. This group will be open to anyone (STC members or not) at no charge. Details of this new group will be sent out to this list, and you’ll have the opportunity to sign up for another mail list we’ll use to communicate within the group. We will formalize plans for this new group at the Oct. 24 meeting, so be sure to join us if you can!

Starting Your Own Business — Virtual Conference Preview!

STC is offering a 3-day virtual conference on “Starting Your Own Business.” This online event will include presentations on all aspects of starting your own business or freelancing shop.

If you are a business owner, independent consultant, freelancer or trainer, you should definitely consider attending. Prices are very reasonable. For more details or to register, visit the virtual conference website ..

Monique Semp, one of our STC NorthBay members, is one of many distinguished presenters at this conference. She is offering to give us a virtual preview of her 30 minute presentation!

Strategy First: Launching Successful Technical Communication Projects

You’ve decided to take the plunge and begin your new career as an independent consultant, but now what? You need a place to work! This session covers important topics such as location, computer hardware and software, furnishings (both immediate necessities and business/tax planning for future purchases), ergonomics, IT concerns (outlets, networks, backup methods, etc.), and building your reference library (both online and old-fashioned print books). You’ll receive checklists and references to help you create an office that you’ll not only want to spend time in, but that fosters productive (and lucrative) work.

This “preview” is scheduled for April 9, 2013, at 7pm. If you’d like to join us, please contact the STC NorthBay webmaster at <> at least 24 hours in advance (Monday evening).

What’s a TC Camp?

TC Camp is an “unconference” focused on Technical Communications issues, skills, challenges, and the various applications used by technical communicators.

So, what’s an unconference? It’s an event where users suggest topics, get together and discuss them in detail. It’s even described in Wikipedia .. check it out.

The purpose of TC Camp is to provide a local bay area conference for technical communicators that is driven by the members of that community–writers, editors, designers, and the people who support them.

  • Date: Saturday, 26 January 2012
  • Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Venue: Silicon Valley Cloud Center, 222 Caspian Dr, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Cost: Workshops are $30, the rest of the day is FREE! (and if you use this code “SCOTTCAMPS”, the workshop is 50% off)

This looks to be a lot of fun and seems like a good opportunity to learn something new. Visit the website for details and registration ..