I am hoping this produces some good discussion.
What are your thoughts to this quote I found:
Deborah S. Bosley, a clear-writing consultant and former University of North Carolina English professor. "Academics, in general, don’t think about the public; they don’t think about the average person, and they don’t even think about their students when they write,” she says. “Their intended audience is always their peers. That’s who they have to impress to get tenure.”
Do you feel we as technical writers do the same? Do we write to our peers and engineers in order to impress them or do we write to our audience? What tips or steps would you say help you write to your audience? Do you take into account their reading level? If yes what do you do to ensure your writing is at a particular level and what reading level do you aim for?