About

Hi, I'm Coley!

Emoji of Coley wearing a rainbow heart shirt and headphones waving hello

I'm a documentarian (often known as a technical writer) who specializes in crafting comprehensive documentation for growth-stage startups.

Keep scrolling or follow the links to get to know more about:

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Fast facts:

Queer Californian in France πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ‡«πŸ‡·
who loves the ocean, 🌊
reading dystopian fiction, πŸ“š
going on adventures with my dog, 🐢
& playing board games with my friends and family. πŸ§‘πŸ’œ

Mimi & Coco Pride Co

Progress Pride flag sticker from Mimi & Coco Pride CoMy wife and I recently launched Mimi & Coco Pride Co to provide representation and education for LGBT identities. Highlights include our current sticker pack and an identity glossary!

Skills

Technical Skills

  • Developer docs
  • User docs
  • Git & version control
  • Docs-as-code
  • Lightweight markup languages
  • Content management systems
  • Content planning & mapping
  • Explanatory graphics

Communication & people skills

  • English: Native
  • French: Fluent
  • Advocate
  • Visionary
  • Public speaker
  • Attentive listener
  • Organized
  • Empathetic

Writing

Public cloud SaaS installation guide

Multi-cluster installation guide with instructions for creating and configuring a compatible Kubernetes cluster, configuring LDAP and SMTP, installing TLS, and configuring and installing the product.

Installation guide

Product end-user tutorials

Introductory-level end-user tutorials. This specific writing sample explains how to upload a repository of custom technologies to use within the product, as well as make changes to that repository.

End-user tutorials

Non-software example

College preparation curriculum to help students ages 14-18 prepare for, apply to, and pay for higher education in the United States. I no longer maintain this resource, but the scope of the course shows how I can organize and research information, then present it to a specific audience.

College preparation class

Speaking

Codeurs en Seine meetup | May 2021

Docs-as-code: Document the product with the product

Producing excellent documentation should be considered a product feature, but how can we produce this documentation and keep it up to date? How can we ensure the participation of our technical collaborators who have the knowledge we need to document but might not like contributing to documentation? Let's discuss it!

Meetup replay (French)

tech.rocks CTO gathering | September 2020

Challenges of Technical Documentation
(les enjeux de la documentation technique)

Technical writers are kind of like librarians or documentarians. They know where to find the information you need without necessarily being experts about everything.

I use a method called docs-as-code. It's a great solution when the people contributing to documentation have technical profiles. Using a docs-as-code system makes it more likely that developers will contribute.


Presentation writeup (French)
Illustration of Coley acting as a librarian by Tommy Dessine
Coley acting as a librarian, illustration by Tommy Dessine

Values

I am a queer, disabled woman in tech; my key values won't be a surprise!

  • Diversity, equity, & inclusion
    We need diversity and representation in tech. If that makes you uncomfortable, let's chat about it.
  • Accessibility
    Disabilty exists because the world's default is not accessible. Let's work together to change that.
  • Balance
    Work is only one part of my life. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is one of my non-negotiables.
  • Transparency
    Products are only as healthy as the people creating them. Transparency helps maintain trust and results in a better product.

I'd love to hear from you!