Welcome

I like to ask questions, figure things out and then explain how stuff works. I suppose that's why I ultimately became a technical writer.

I say "ultimately" because I've had several writerly incarnations. It started in college when I was the nerd who loved term papers and turned them in early. Then in corporate jobs I'd be loaned out like a harem boy to whatever department needed help with an important memo or presentation. Then I decided to pursue writing directly as a junior copywriter in an ad agency. From there I evolved into public relations, where I found a closer proximity to truth in crafting semi-journalistic content. I also wrote freelance articles for business publications.

Eventually I claimed my inner geek, went back to school to study computer science and wrote code for a living. But the dotcom crash and H-1B visas ended that dream. So I retitled my resume and worked as tech writer documenting software for the next ten years. In code and documentation, truthfulness is key. Time, money and perhaps life itself might depend on your getting it right.

Now in my dotage my search for the truth continues, albeit on a new plane. I still ask people lots of questions—turning every conversation into an interview. And I consume news aggregators like an untethered search bot. That's because my mind's internal GPS requires at least three points of reference to validate information.

But sussing things out isn't easy in a world where nearly everyone interprets reality from a fixed point of view. For most people it's a search for validation, not truth. Reminds me of this quote from Mark Twain: “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” He also said: “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”

As for detours, occasionally I like to share a story from my life. I do so reluctantly given my intensely private nature. However, some of these stories insist on being told. And they rattle around inside me until I set them free.

So welcome to my blog. Perhaps you will find something interesting here. If you'd like to get in touch, contact me.

Peace be with you.

Ted K. Seastrom