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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen
Almost a year has passed since the last newsletter. Thank you for hanging
in there and welcome to new readers who have been waiting patiently for a
I've been in reflective hibernation since we last spoke. Now, with spring
about to emerge Down Under, it's time to leave my cave and step back out
in the world again.
Your many messages of support made the difference, as did your generous
and helpful comments in the recent newsletter survey (almost 400 of you
filled it out - thank you).
Your preferences re publishing frequency were pretty much evenly split
between fortnightly and monthly. I'll take the middle road and send out
the newsletter every three weeks and we'll see how that goes.
Another clear message from the survey is that most of you (60 per cent)
want the newsletter to stay free. Fair enough but a girl's gotta eat so
let's call it "shareware" - I'll write for free if you forward the
newsletter to a mate or two each issue, okay?
(Content may still be queen but she has a helluva tax bill.)
On with the show...
PS Read some of the comments and suggestions made about this newsletter
(they might help you in your own e-publications)
Web content tip
If I've learnt anything in the past eight or so years in the content game,
it's this -
No matter how great your writers and editors, designers and techies, if
the whole organisation doesn't "get" the Net, your web site will never
achieve its full potential.
As usual, I didn't mince my words in a recent article for The Canberra
Though aimed squarely at government, anyone with a web site will benefit
from the advice in "Seven ways to sabotage a web project" (log in to Free
Tips then choose Articles).
At your service
"We are privileged to have had a passionate writer, who knows her stuff,
motivating us to create even better content." - Jonathan Halls, Learning
Executive, BBC, London.
Discover the secrets to creating compelling and effective online content
in a one-day workshop with Australia's own web guru, Yvette Nielsen.
* Web Content Management
* E-newsletters & Blogs
* Online Writing & Editing
Public workshop dates have been set for Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Perth,
Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Canberra. For details and
bookings, see -
The world is growing smaller as the Internet's tentacles stretch further
across the digital divide.
According to my stats, this newsletter has more than a few subscribers
from countries other than Australia.
Unless you ask for country of origin when subscribers sign up to your
newsletter or blog, you'll have to guess by their email addresses.
With many people using web-based email services and .com domains (rather
than country suffixes such as .com.au), it's hardly accurate.
Apart from curiosity, I like to know where you come from to ensure I'm not
breaching any international email laws when I send out my newsletter.
Ignorance may not be a defence. If in doubt, find out where your readers
are from and search Google for the relevant laws.
More email tips... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/
Canberra reader Deborah May reviews the new book, "The Secrets of Jin
Send in your short review of a book, movie, CD or DVD and I'll happily
publish it here.
Read the review... -
The Y Files
Have a Net-related question you need answered quickly but don't have the
time, knowhow or patience?
For $10 of your money, I'll give you my time to find the answer to your
We can negotiate a rate for more complicated, time-consuming quests.
Email your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Surf Club (web site reviews)
The Stained Apron
Never be rude to a waiter or bar attendant, unless you don't care what
you're really ingesting. That's the message at The Stained Apron,
dedicated to venting food servers' frustrations and educating the dining
public. Read pet peeves, confessions, rants, revenge tactics, pilfered
restaurant property and celebrity stories.
In a net shell: Scary.
The Riddle Nut
How many letters are in the alphabet? Eleven (ie "the alphabet"). Grrr.
Stay away from this site unless you have lots of time on your hands. These
quick, one-click brainteasers span language, math, logic and just plain
infuriating silliness. Read the question (carefully) then hit the answer
button to see if you're right.
In a net shell: Clever clogs.
2004 Top Ten Favorite Words
While mobile phone and email messages distill communication to its barest
essence, true language lovers still enjoy long words, judging by
Merriam-Webster's annual survey. See the top 10 words culled from
thousands of responses submitted online to America's foremost publisher of
language-related reference works.
In a net shell: Discombobulated flibbertigibbets.
When Love Hurts
Feeling scared, humiliated, pressured or controlled is not the way you
should feel in a relationship. That's the message at this site designed to
raise awareness of the warning signs of emotional, physical or sexual
abuse. Take the quiz to find out if you're in danger.
In a net shell: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
High-speed Video Clips
Ever feel as though you're operating on slo-mo? See everyday life as it
should be - slooow - through a special high-speed camera giving super
slow-motion playback that can't be seen with the naked eye or a standard
video camera. Start in the hall of fame with the bouncing rubber ball,
exploding egg and bursting water balloon.
In a net shell: Melting moments.
With the world connected more than ever before, everyone is affected by a
US presidential election. This site, set up by two Americans, gives web
readers from different countries a chance to "pretend" vote. At the time
of writing, candidate John Kerry was way ahead of George Bush globally,
including in the US and Australia.
In a net shell: Classic ballot.
More web site reviews... - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp
Go Publish Yourself
Educates individuals on the topic of self-publishing by providing them
with quality tips, insights, information and resources.
- submitted by Christopher Willitts, executive editor and founder
* Email your brief review of a non-commercial web site, e-newsletter or
blog to email@example.com
Food for thought
"Bluntness is a virtue." - Allison Ling.
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Top links from last issue
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Remember, this newsletter is shareware. If you found value in it, please
forward a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.
Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia
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