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Vol. 3, No. 39, 6/11/2002

In This Issue:
* From the editor
* One-day web-writing workshop
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly thought
* Need content?
* At your service
* Things that make you go huh?

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From the editor
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Well, it's official - you're a member of one of the
smartest communities on the Net.

On Saturday night, brizcomm was named the winner
of the Smart Communities category of the
prestigious Asia Pacific ICT Awards (Australia) 2002.

More than 500 people packed into Conrad Jupiters on
the Gold Coast for the glittering annual awards

The award is recognition of the vital role of content,
community and communication in the ICT industry
(information communication technology).

Young Brisbane company Vision6, which developed
the software that drives this newsletter, was also
recognised with the Start Up award (if you'd like me
to set up a trial account with the tool for your own
e-newsletter, just holler).

To complete the trifecta, Toowoomba-based Elizabeth
Ure (brizcomm's web programmer), won the Regional Community
Skills award with her WheatCalc software.

Just goes to show that you don't have to be big or
government funded to make a difference, thanks to new

Information is the currency of the new knowledge economy.
Through networking (and Net working), everyone can share in
the riches.

Thank you for helping make brizcomm a smart community. With
1353 newsletter subscribers, I couldn't drink a champagne
toast to each of you (despite my best efforts) but
will try to bring you some photos from the big night next

Minister's media statement -

International awards in Cairns next year -

Asia Pacific ICT Awards -


PS ironically perhaps, this week's newsletter is missing
quite a few bits owing to a hastily scheduled
stay in hospital (no, not due to alcohol
poisoning) - I had to have a suspicious lump removed from
my armpit (in light of my run-in with malignant lymphoma a
few years ago). I'm still a little groggy so will
keep this one short but we'll be back to full strength next
week ;-)

One-day web-writing workshop
Still a few seats left for the workshop on Friday week -
but not for long so book soon (I'm taking January off).

We'll cover -
* the basics of good writing * prioritising and
managing content * grammar/punctuation for the Net
* web-writing techniques * tips for snappy text *
when to use multimedia * hooking your readers * hints
for headlines and captions * effective linking
* online style guides * editing process
* compelling content ideas and trends * online
case studies * hands-on writing/editing exercises.

Brisbane, Friday, November 15 (numbers limited to 10). More
details and bookings at -
(also available for in-house delivery - minimum of four

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/

Web content tip
With Christmas decorations starting to appear in shops
and streets, it's time to think about how to handle the
holidays online.

Why should you bother? To show that you and your visitors
are human beings, not just "eyeballs" or credit cards.

Usability expert Jakob Nielsen says - "Commemorating
special events is a way for web sites to connect to users
and be seen as welcoming environments, rather than places
focused solely on money grubbing."

Read the rest of Uncle Jakob's advice for celebrating
holidays and special occasions on web sites -

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Email tip
If you use a "public" or f*ee email address to register
at sites or with newsletters, keep track of your

When you change or dump that address, be sure to notify
everyone who sends you useful mail (discussion groups,
newsletter publishers, respectful online retailers).

E-zine expert Janet Roberts says a recent study by Return
Path and Global Name Registry found 31 per cent of all
email addresses change every year (41 per cent for work
email). Only 22 per cent of people notify publishers when
they change their address.

Thanks for the tip, Janet -

* when you need to change your email address for this
newsletter, just follow the link at the bottom then sign up
again with your new address.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Readers write
Enjoy the fashion and colour of Australia's most famous
horse race through the eyes of our columnist,
Pollyanna -

Overseas readers might enjoy the story behind yesterday's
emotional race, when jockey Damien Oliver (photographed by
Getty Images) dedicated his win on Media Puzzle to his
brother Jason, who died after a race fall in Perth just
seven days ago -

Send your book or movie review (or any other contribution)
to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/readerswrite/default.asp

The Y Files
Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Surf Club (web site reviews)
* reviews are previewed on ABC Local Radio Queensland about
8.35pm Mondays - tune in at http://abc.net.au/backyard/

Sorry, Surf Club will return next week. In the
meantime, check out the archives at -

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp

Reader choice
Send a brief review of your favourite site to

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/showcategory.asp?categoryid=26

Weekly thought
"Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of
community." - Anthony J. D'Angelo.

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/

Need content?
To reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web
site in your own publication, please
email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

More: http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/

At your service
Need someone to motivate the troops, write or rewrite
content, edit or proofread, critique your own site or
e-newsletter? Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Things that make you go huh?
"Yvette, this is the best ebook ever! Oh my God, who knew??
(disturbing genitalia)...BTW, I LOVE the virtual autopsy
(mystery lover here...)." - Tina Swift, Library Business
Manager and freelance writer, western Massachusetts.

Ready for some extreme surfing? Want to be titillated,
taunted and tempted?

Buy a copy of Odd Bods - 50 bizarre sites about the human
body and shock your dinner party guests with tales from the
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Grab your credit card to pay securely online for instant
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Only 9.95 (incl. GST) in Aussie dollars (that's about five
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Available in .exe format for PCs (.pdf for Macs coming).
Don't worry, we'll tell you how to download it - it's super

Go on, live dangerously and get it while it's hot -


Bobby Approved (v 3.2) Unusual Corporate Gifts other than a Gift Basket

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