Recently, a small print shop in my city closed because the owner was retiring. He sold some of his printing equipment to another printer, but he said that one of his machines was destined for the scrap heap: his Linotype machine. Modern printers never use Linotype anymore. The technology is obsolete. And so is the skill of operating a Linotype machine. ...Read the whole thing. There are days when I need a little encouragement, another motivation to keep plugging away at this peculiar hobby, and I think Jacobsen provides one here. And there are others, too. The ability to string words into a sentence and sentences into stories aids you in everything from small talk to speechmaking, from the ability to tell a good joke to typing a coherent email. So worry not when the rejection slips roll in: We still have our reasons.
You could fill a hefty book with a list of skills that the business world once valued highly, but that are now only seen as antiquated curiosities. Skills that are closely tied to a specific technology are only in demand as much as that technology is.
Some skills, however, are not tied to technology, and are thus change-proof, or unobsoletable. ...
The skill of using words well, the ability to write a message that gets results, is change-proof. No matter how much technology has changed, the basic principles of writing have remained constant. Your ability to write will never become obsolete.
(Picture: CC 2007 by ornoth)