I haven’t always been a technology writer, though writing has always been a part of my work. I started my career training to teach people how to horse ride. When I left the equestrian industry, I became a full-time magazine writer.
The challenge, and rewards, of teaching people to horse ride.
Horse riding is challenging to teach as you have an animal that your rider needs to build a partnership. And they have to learn how to communicate with their horse.
So, making lessons enjoyable and fun taught me a lot about, well, teaching. I could be teaching children one day, adults the next day and all at different levels of ability. I also learned how to prepare and present information.
Part of my training involved writing documents. I found I enjoyed that as much as the teaching, so I started writing for equestrian magazines.
From horses to technology writing
I became a full-time magazine writer in 1989. I’ve always been a technology geek, and I soon found that being a technology writer was the right fit. I interviewed a large number of subject matter experts from technical staff to ‘C’ level executives for many different magazines.
As a technology writer, I’ve articles and features about business technology for magazines in the UK, Europe, and the US. Including The Times and The Independent newspapers, StrategicRISK, The Caterer, Retail Systems, Marketing to name a few.
Magazines, TV, radio and books
I appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Newsnight’ programme and BBC TV and radio.
I also wrote a book about Internet Marketing and worked for a couple of years as an internet marketing consultant. I’ve written 14 other books on historical topics.
In 2016, I took a basic course in Instructional Design and followed that with extensive reading about instructional learning, course writing, and design.
Around the same time, I saw a 4-week boot camp advertised on the Freelance Writers Den on writing interactive eLearning courses. Taking the boot camp made me realise how much I missed teaching and so I added eLearning course writing to my writing services.
In my spare time, I’m writing another book, about the renowned windmill painter, Karl Wood.