I'm a Sr. Software Engineer with about a decade in the industry. Haven't worked for FAANG. Mostly worked at startups and now, more recently, at IT Departments of Large Banks and Financial Institutions. I'm a full-stack engineer with experience in Python, C#, Java and a whole bunch of front end and back end technologies.
I'm considering switching to a technical writer, as I have a very popular tech blog and have been told that I have the gift of the (written) gab. Other reason is that I no longer feel comfortable competing with 20 something millenials who are lot faster than me, and work longer hours (some on stimulants like Adderall etc).
I've also contributed to a lot of open source API docs on github and feel that a Tech Writer career might be more fulfilling. I don't need the 140K and can make do with atleast a 100K in Tech Writing.
I would like to know those of you who have successfully transitioned from SWE to Tech.Writer
1) How did you go about it?
2) How do you deal with the drop in Salary? I currently make 140K in San Francisco. What can I expect as a Tech Writer at Uber, or FAANG company? Or would it be a stretch to aim for FAANG with no Tech Writer career experience?
3) Is there anything you regret about the switch?
4) Is it possible to make SWE level salaries after few years? If yes, at what kind of companies / Tech Writer jobs?
4) Any other useful info would be much appreciated.