UX Writing Weekly #169

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🧧 Happy Lunar New Year! 🐯 It’s the year of the tiger and a great time to announce
the 2022 Writers in Tech Salary Survey! It only takes a few minutes and will help writers around the world negotiate a fair salary.

Share it on social media, tag the UX Writing Hub, and get a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate. The winner will be announced in two weeks. Help us get to 2,022 respondents!


WHAT’S INSIDE ✍️


Issue #169 (Feb 2nd, 2022)
  • The hidden costs of online activity
  • Being less polite in UX writing
  • A UX writing case study
  • What did you do before you became a UX writer/content designer?



ARTICLES 📰  

🌱🌎 Every website you visit, every email you send, every tweet, like, and upvote, every action you take online has a hidden cost: energy consumption that’s increasing global carbon emissions. And while
changing user habits can have an impact, so too can product teams by creating more sustainable digital products and experiences.

Sobering figures, steps you can take right now, and more in:

Surfing the web isn’t just bad for your brain—it’s terrible for the environment
🤵 “Yes, please!” “No, thank you.” “Hat-tip to your magnificence, my good fellow!” In the outside world, those little niceties go a long way. But inside a user interface? Not so much.

Why UX Writers Have to Learn to Be Less Polite

🔬 Here’s a great UX writing case study exploring opportunities for a better flow at NordVPN and the importance of a good “value proposition.”

UX writing case study: NordVPN



MICROCOPY BITE 💬

Want to start cleaning up your inbox? Gmail makes it easy to select all messages that match a search. Then, just click the trash icon and say bye-bye to all those old emails.




PILLARS OF COMMUNITY 🏛️
Hot topics and trending posts from community members. Join the conversations below!



UPSKILL: LIVE EVENTS & MORE 📚


UX Salon Words conference:

Join Regine Gilbert, author of Inclusive Design for a Digital World, for an enlightening talk on employing strategies to create collaboration, inclusive, and accessible experiences—only at UX Salon WORDS 2022. (March 7th–9th)

Use our coupon code for a 10% discount: UXWritingHub10

Former or current UXWA student? Save 40% (email for details).



And sign up now for our next UX Writing Hub event: The Relationship Between UX Writing and Copywriting (Free on Feb 17th)



Podcast:
Ghost is a powerful non-profit, open-source alternative to paid content management systems. In this episode, David Ramos talks about how the “creator economy” works, how to use Ghost to be successful online, and how the quality of the audience is better than the volume of the audience.

Building friendly content that sticks with David Ramos @ Ghost



JOBS 👔

Side hustle:
The UX Writing Academy is recruiting mentors! Help aspiring writers break into the field and earn a little pocket change in the process.


Are you a writer living in the Silicon Wadi, aka Start-up Nation, aka the third-best tech ecosystem in the world? 🇮🇱 Then you’re in high demand this week!



  • Join Elementor as they expand their UX team with a UX writer.


Many other new opportunities around the world await you on the job board:



PORTFOLIO 🎨

You don’t need to spend a fortune to build and host a portfolio site. Just ask UX writer and UXWA grad Carla Kargaard. Simple, clear, easy.

https://private-shop-f82.notion.site/Hi-my-name-is-Carla-985613f0cdda4c90bc59ebf8ba8beab4



VOX POPULI 🗣️

Join our online communities, and take part in the discussions and debates that are shaping the field.


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See you next week!

— Written and curated by Yuval Keshtcher, Aaron Raizen, and the UX Writing Hub team —