Ryan Macklin wrote an excellent description of feeling like an impostor, which is something that I’ve suffered from throughout my career. Or more precisely, something that I’ve inflicted on myself.
I’ve long been a devotee of table of contents (TOCs) in documentation, both online and offline. This was the accepted best practice, and I rarely thought much about it. After all, TOCs allow the reader to skim and do an efficient visual search for the information that interests them.
But I wouldn’t be writing this if I didn’t have some concerns about automatically including TOCs. Is it really necessary? Do readers use them, do they ignore them, or do the TOCs actually annoy them?
I’ve found that the answer is a frustrating “All of the above.”
I don’t usually create resolutions for the new year. It just wasn’t a thing that I, or my family or friends, ever did. But I’m working on my annual goals for work, and it got me thinking about professional development, and what I can do about that in 2014.
I’ll try to create a list that’s fairly realistic, but I’m still going to organize these goals by the likelihood that I’ll actually get around to them.