Lileks pities the technical writers:
Of course there were manuals. In binders. Sitting on the shelf of everyone’s desk. Never used. Tossed out en masse. I feel a bit of sympathy for the people who wrote them, but that’s probably misplaced. A job. They were paid. Wasn’t creative. Kept the lights on.
Yeah, I’ve written manuals for money. Pretty good money, actually.
But one does not finish a manual or set of updates to documentation and feel any sense of creative accomplishment, for sure.
Kind of like writing a backwater blog.