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Vol. 2, No. 11, 4/4/2001


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Vol. 2, No. 11 New site sees light of day April 4, 2001

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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By the time you read this (Thursday morning Brisbane time),
brizcomm's new site should finally be ready for your viewing
pleasure at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/

We're still adding and refining content so be sure to stop by
regularly over the next few days to see what's new and give us
your feedback.

One of the additions to the site we're most proud of is the online
jobs database for Australasian content workers and those seeking
content professionals.

Talented young Toowoomba programmer Elizabeth Ure built the database,
and pretty much everything else on the site, from the ground up.
Noosa designer Matt Tanner gave us a hand with the graphics.

You can post your online profile or project free (at this stage) so
go for it. (I've had several requests for web-savvy writers this week
so I know the work's out there.)

To save you time and trouble booking workshop places, the new site also
offers online credit card payment through the National Australia Bank's
secure site.

Speaking of workshops, I've set the dates for the two-day Web Content
Workshops in Sydney and Melbourne.

Unfortunately I can only spend so much time on my site and newsletter
before I have to work for a living.

Help me keep this content free by spreading the word on the workshops,
particularly the new ones in Sydney and Melbourne next month (see below).

That will keep me content and you in content.


PS Good luck to all the entrants in the annual Drake/Women in IT
Scholarship Awards, to be presented in Brisbane on Thursday evening.

PPS I'll be back with Peter Gooch on 612 ABC Radio again around 9pm
on Monday.


1. Web content tip
2. New workshops
3. The Y Files (Q&A)
4. Columns
5. Surf Club
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly thought


1. Web content tip

Australia's Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance has posted its
new rates for freelancers for 2001.

The hourly rate has risen to $124 and a day is worth $617 (hint:
you'll get closer to these rates online than in print). See the
"My Work" section for freelancers at http://www.alliance.org.au/

And don't forget to create your profile in Content Jobs at brizcomm.

Speaking of money, Content-Exchange founder Steve Outing has a solid
round-up of potential online revenue streams:


You should also post your free professional profile at Steve's site:


2. New workshops

I'll be conducting a two-day Web Content Workshop in Sydney from
Thursday and Friday, May 3-4, and Melbourne from Thursday and Friday,
May 24-25.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues over the border.

I still have a few seats left for the new one-day Email Newsletters
Workshop in Brisbane on Thursday, April 26, but you'd best be quick.


3. The Y Files (Q&A)

Email your content-related question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au
In the meantime, read previous Y Files on the new Free Tips
page at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/


4. Columns

As if you hadn't heard, 2001 is the Year of the Volunteer.

But it's not all warm and fuzzies, as Pollyanna reveals.

Meanwhile, Bill Harper bites off more than he can chew with his
wedding cake.

Read them both in Readers Write at http://www.brizcomm.com.au/


5. Surf Club

You can't beat a live show to make your feel alive again. Find out
what's on stage in Queensland with this free new online magazine
covering theatre and other performing arts. Have your say in the
forum or explore the news, views and reviews, auditions, theatre
and company listings, and useful links.
In a net shell: Bravo.

The Internet can be a great escape, especially when you're not
feeling your best. The Starlight Children's Foundation of Australia
has created a fun site especially for seriously ill kids. Create
your own web site, play games, try arts and crafts, learn new jokes
and magic tricks, send virtual cards and swap messages with other
kids or Captain Starlight himself. Adults have their own area with
wish stories and ideas to get involved (eg sponsorship, volunteering,
fundraising or online credit card donation).
In a net shell: Beam me up, Cap'n.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter
Discover your true path with this free 70-question online test. The
Keirsey Temperament Sorter II aims to "help you pin down your temperament,
serving as a guide in your search for the right job or career path,
relationship, and communication style". The same test is used by many
Fortune 500 companies and universities.
In a net shell: Ideal.

If you need four good reasons to quit your job, step this way. You'll
find inspiration for unshackling, sample resignation letters, tips for
quitting with style and dignity, breaking news on big-name quitters,
daily cartoons and a quit clock to find out how long you have before
you're due to resign.
In a net shell: Over and out.

You could easily waste days at this massive collection of timelines on
the Web. The chronologies include Ancient Egypt, composers, Doctor Who,
toys and games, coffee, costumes and even Santa Claus.
In a net shell: Online timelines.

Roman Numeral Generator
The Romans might have been able to figure it out their numeric system
but it's Greek to many of us. Enter the number you want to convert
(Arabic or Roman) and this handy little tool will give you the equivalent
In a net shell: Number 1.


6. Reader's Choice (see archives in Surf Club at www.brizcomm.com.au)

Okay, your turn. Email your brief site review to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


7. Weekly chuckle

A koala walks into a restaurant, orders a sandwich, eats it,
shoots the waiter in the arm and then walks out.

The waiter runs after the koala and says: "Hey, what did you do
that for?"

The koala says: "Look me up in the dictionary and you'll find out."

So the waiter looks up "koala" in the dictionary and it says:
"Eats shoots and leaves."


Don't forget to explore the new site - and let us know what you think.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 61 (0)4 41 771 8683

brizcomm - online content consulting and training
PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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