✍️ Benefits of Technical Writing
and exciting newsletter changes!
Happy Monday everyone! ☕️
There are now 300+ readers for Dishing The Data, which I find truly special, so thank you all! ❤️
With that in mind, I have some exciting news regarding this newsletter. I am going to change things slightly after some long thinking and conversations. Most of the feedback from people I get is that they like the ‘Insider Insights’ section, where I speak of personal experiences and thoughts.
This got me thinking, there are so many fantastic newsletters out there for tech and AI news (I tried to list them but there are literally so many). The value I add in this space is therefore quite small. My ‘edge’ is that I am a practising Data Scientist that can offer invaluable information from the inside.
Therefore, going forward Dishing The Data will focus mainly on my insights into the data science and tech world. There will still be a weekly news round-up plus all the extra things, but it won’t be the biggest focus.
I hope you excited about this change as much as I am, and looking forward to the next chapter!
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Benefits of Technical Writing ✍️
I have been writing online for over two years now. If I would have said this to my teenage self, they would have been shocked. My interests were always maths and science, and dreaded any form of writing or even reading.
But like anyone, my younger self was very naive. Writing and reading are two fundamental mediums that we communicate through. Imagine if Einstein never wrote down his findings on relativity, or Newton on his theory of gravity?
A slow lesson I have learned over the years is that by writing things down you will know them better. I am pretty sure most people are aware of this, but I am surprised at how many execute it.
When it comes to more technical fields such as data science, tech, and medicine being able to explain concepts mirrors your understanding of them. I can’t count the number of times where I started writing a technical article only to realise I had so many gaps in my knowledge (I am looking at you Bayesian stats 😅).
By writing on technical topics you are effectively teaching to the internet. As the classic saying goes from Edgar Dale:
“you remember 10% of what you read, but 95% of what you teach.“
So, my advice to anyone is to start writing right now (especially you tech professionals). If you don’t want to write online, start writing more in your day job about the projects you're working on and their findings. Not only will this make you understand the concepts more, but will boost your creativity and more people will know about your work.
What’s Been Cooking 🥘
Some tasty stories this week:
Canva Joins AI Surge - The graphic design software and website has recently integrated AI into its service.
LinkedIN Also Joins AI Surge - LinkedIN will provide AI tools to help in the sales, marketing and learning processes on its app.
Adobe Launches AI Project ‘Stardust’ - Adobe are announcing their new AI driven photo editing tool.
Weekly Favourites ❤️
📕 Book - Stalingrad by Antony Beevor. A terrific book on one of the most influential and important battles during WW2. Really enjoying it so far, as I am quite a keen history buff.
🎙️ Podcast - Strike it Big: Michia Rohrssen. Big fan of this podcast and the latest episode was a banger. Being very interested in tech and startups Michia’s story is very interesting about how he cofounded, grew, and sold his startup.
📝 Blog - Intro, Perceptron & Architecture: Neural Networks 101. I have a secret. I am not that knowledgable about neural networks. So, I am now on a so-called ‘side quest’ to educate myself and write a series of blogs along the way.
(PS: Some links are affiliate links that I get a kickback from with no extra cost to you 😎)