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Vol. 6, No. 4, 9/6/2005

In this issue:

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen

first name


Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and ask for help in life.

I decided to quit smoking two weeks ago. I'd quit cold turkey eight years
ago before foolishly taking it up again during a personal crisis.

To make the task as painless as possible, I chose to give up the evil weed
on a weekend when I'd be distracted - at a calm-abiding meditation
retreat.


Nicotine withdrawal started kicking in the first evening and by Sunday
morning I was far from calm.

My defences broke down and I felt overwhelmingly sorry for myself and
every other miserable being who'd fallen prey to the tobacco companies.

Two days later I rang the Quitline for help. They advised me to make it
easier on myself and wean off the smokes gradually. I was convinced and
made a mercy dash to the local pharmacy for nicotine patches, gum and
jellybeans.

An hour later, I felt great and have not experienced any cravings or
irrational irritation since.

What's this have to do with the web? Simple - why struggle trying to
develop a site inhouse unless you have a team with all the specialist
skills needed to do the job properly.

Save yourself time, frustration, money and embarrassment - outsource to
experts (but check their track record to be sure you're getting value for
money).

For profiles of independent professionals and FAQs, see Content Jobs
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/contentjobs/) on brizcomm.

To save you time hunting, you can find minimum recommended rates
(http://www.alliance.org.au/docman/task,doc_details/Itemid,Array/gid,8/)
for writers and photographers on the MEAA site.

Yvette (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au)

PS See the latest examples of bad web and email writing on my new blog,
Cut The Crap (http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/)


Web content tip

As more people switch to high-speed broadband for their Internet, the
possibilities grow for richer content.

While researching the web for freeware tools to use on a site I developed
recently for a non-profit group, I found some handy tools you might like
for your own sites -

Localendar (http://www.localendar.com/) (simple events calendar)
Picasa (http://www.picasa.com/) (Google's image editing and organising
tool)
Jalbum (http://jalbum.net/) (Java-based online photo album software)
Photo Story
(http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx)
(Microsoft XP screen show program)


Email tip

Have a file too big to send by email, even if it's zipped?

YouSendIt lets you email large files (up to one gigabyte) quickly,
securely and easily to one or more recipients.

Give it a go. (http://www.yousendit.com/)


Readers write

Those of you who checked out the new e-book have discovered Pollyanna's
true identity.

Yep, Pollyanna is indeed my mum. Know I'm biased but I reckon you'll enjoy
these stories, particularly if you're a grandparent.

Try the sample stories (http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/index.asp) and, if
you like them, buy a copy for yourself or as a gift (print it at a copy
shop and save your own printer ink).


Phone coaching

Have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs, e-learning,
intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need objective, plain-English advice on information architecture,
navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout, e-marketing, writing
and editing...?


Email me (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au) now to discuss your needs for
coaching, consulting or training.

Consulting services - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/



Surf Club (web site reviews)

The Daily Dancer (http://www.dailydancer.com/)
Thanks to the Net, anyone can create their own reality TV show. The Daily
Dancer is a computer geek who loves to dance! Each weekday morning, you
can visit his blog and watch him dance to a different song.
In a net shell: Why oh why?

Optimal Breathing (http://www.breathing.com/)
Is the way you breathe making you sick or stealing your energy, hampering
your productivity, stifling your self expression or shortening your life?
Take the online test to find out how well you breath.
In a net shell: Take a breather.

Working Title (http://www.cuechamp.com/working_title.htm)
See every movie ever made in just a couple of minutes. Don't choke on your
popcorn! (uses Quicktime)
In a net shell: High-speed film.

More web site reviews - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/surf/default.asp



Reader choice

Oh! Mikey (http://www.fuccon.com/main.html) A Japanese web site detailing
the exploits of an American immigrant family, the Fuccons, living in Japan
- who just happen to be store mannequins.

- submitted by Ian D of Brisbane


Food for thought

"It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes
of statistics." - Fletcher Knebel, Reader's Digest, December 1961.

More quotes & jokes - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/freetips/



Top links from last issue

(http://www.waveofdestruction.org/)

Cut The Crap web log (http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/)
Email marketing cartoons
(http://www.marketingsherpa.com/sample.cfm?contentID=2953)

NameVoyager (http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/)


Friends and sponsors

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra (http://www.sakya.com.au/)
Home of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, one of the few meditation masters in
Australia. The Society supports the teachings and meditation practices of
Tibetan Buddhism, in particular those of the Sakya Lineage, as well as
promoting Tibetan culture in general.

Inspiring Leaders and Advancing Women (http://www.deborahmay.com/) Two
great new e-newsletters from Australian organisational development expert
Deborah May packed with practical tips, advice, encouragement and support
to help you achieve your potential at work.
(http://journoz.com/) WANT TO SWAP LINKS OR ADVERTISE HERE?
Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au (mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au)


New e-booklets

Coming soon -

* Web Project Planning Kit (everything you need to get started)

* Odd Bods E-booklet (50 bizarre web sites about the human body)


Client testimonials

Comments from recent clients -

"Your independent assessment of our web site confirmed a number of our
suspicions and raised a few important considerations to take us to the
next step. Thank you for both the quality and the promptness you fulfilled
our request. It was an important first step in a major re-evaluation of
our
web site." - Michelle Bryne, Corporate Communications Manager, Newcastle
City Council.

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid
to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to - speaking in
plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and
interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on
our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication
Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book
your workshop (http://www.brizcomm.com.au/workshops/) , critique
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/) or coaching
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/consulting/) session with Yvette
(mailto:yvette@brizcomm.com.au) today.

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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.


[Send to Friend link]
(http://www.vision6.com.au/vemail/mail/friend.php?id=0&k=e109eed)

Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2005 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect
information in articles, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do
not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site
might be down temporarily. Privacy policy
(http://www.brizcomm.com.au/privacy.asp)

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Vol. 6, No. 4 - June 9, 2005





In this issue:
From the editor, Yvette Nie...
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
Phone coaching
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Food for thought
Top links from last issue
Friends and sponsors
New e-booklets
Client testimonials

Sign up | Home | Contact | Archives | Change address | Services






From the editor, Yvette Nielsen


first name


Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and ask for help in life.

I decided to quit smoking two weeks ago. I'd quit cold turkey eight years ago before foolishly taking it up again during a personal crisis.

To make the task as painless as possible, I chose to give up the evil weed on a weekend when I'd be distracted - at a calm-abiding meditation retreat.

Nicotine withdrawal started kicking in the first evening and by Sunday morning I was far from calm.

My defences broke down and I felt overwhelmingly sorry for myself and every other miserable being who'd fallen prey to the tobacco companies.

Two days later I rang the Quitline for help. They advised me to make it easier on myself and wean off the smokes gradually. I was convinced and made a mercy dash to the local pharmacy for nicotine patches, gum and jellybeans.

An hour later, I felt great and have not experienced any cravings or irrational irritation since.

What's this have to do with the web? Simple - why struggle trying to develop a site inhouse unless you have a team with all the specialist skills needed to do the job properly.

Save yourself time, frustration, money and embarrassment - outsource to experts (but check their track record to be sure you're getting value for money).

For profiles of independent professionals and FAQs, see Content Jobs on brizcomm.

To save you time hunting, you can find minimum recommended rates for writers and photographers on the MEAA site.

Yvette

PS See the latest examples of bad web and email writing on my new blog, Cut The Crap




Web content tip


As more people switch to high-speed broadband for their Internet, the possibilities grow for richer content.

While researching the web for freeware tools to use on a site I developed recently for a non-profit group, I found some handy tools you might like for your own sites -

Localendar (simple events calendar)
Picasa (Google's image editing and organising tool)
Jalbum (Java-based online photo album software)
Photo Story (Microsoft XP screen show program)





Email tip

Have a file too big to send by email, even if it's zipped?

YouSendIt lets you email large files (up to one gigabyte) quickly, securely and easily to one or more recipients.

Give it a go.




Readers write


Those of you who checked out the new e-book have discovered Pollyanna's true identity.

Yep, Pollyanna is indeed my mum. Know I'm biased but I reckon you'll enjoy these stories, particularly if you're a grandparent.

Try the sample stories and, if you like them, buy a copy for yourself or as a gift (print it at a copy shop and save your own printer ink).





Phone coaching


Have questions about web sites, e-newsletters, blogs, e-learning, intranets or some other online publishing project?

Need objective, plain-English advice on information architecture, navigation, usability, strategy, design and layout, e-marketing, writing and editing...?


Email me now to discuss your needs for coaching, consulting or training.

Consulting services



Surf Club (web site reviews)


The Daily Dancer
Thanks to the Net, anyone can create their own reality TV show. The Daily Dancer is a computer geek who loves to dance! Each weekday morning, you can visit his blog and watch him dance to a different song.
In a net shell: Why oh why?

Optimal Breathing
Is the way you breathe making you sick or stealing your energy, hampering your productivity, stifling your self expression or shortening your life? Take the online test to find out how well you breath.
In a net shell: Take a breather.

Working Title
See every movie ever made in just a couple of minutes. Don't choke on your popcorn! (uses Quicktime)
In a net shell: High-speed film.


More web site reviews



Reader choice

Oh! Mikey
A Japanese web site detailing the exploits of an American immigrant family, the Fuccons, living in Japan - who just happen to be store mannequins.

- submitted by Ian D of Brisbane




Food for thought

"It is now proved beyond doubt that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics." - Fletcher Knebel, Reader's Digest, December 1961.

More quotes & jokes



Top links from last issue


Cut The Crap web log

Email marketing cartoons

NameVoyager






Friends and sponsors

Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra
Home of Lama Choedak Rinpoche, one of the few meditation masters in Australia. The Society supports the teachings and meditation practices of Tibetan Buddhism, in particular those of the Sakya Lineage, as well as promoting Tibetan culture in general.

Inspiring Leaders and Advancing Women
Two great new e-newsletters from Australian organisational development expert Deborah May packed with practical tips, advice, encouragement and support to help you achieve your potential at work.

WANT TO SWAP LINKS OR ADVERTISE HERE?
Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au




New e-booklets

Coming soon -

* Web Project Planning Kit (everything you need to get started)

* Odd Bods E-booklet (50 bizarre web sites about the human body)





Client testimonials


Comments from recent clients -

"Your independent assessment of our web site confirmed a number of our suspicions and raised a few important considerations to take us to the next step. Thank you for both the quality and the promptness you fulfilled our request. It was an important first step in a major re-evaluation of our web site." - Michelle Bryne, Corporate Communications Manager, Newcastle City Council.

“Yvette created a supportive atmosphere where no question was too stupid to be asked. She was very approachable and easy to listen to - speaking in plain English without any jargon.” - Communication Officer, Brisbane.

"Yvette has the uncanny ability to make complex issues sound simple and interesting at the same time. I couldn't wait to get back to working on our web site - I was left bursting full of ideas." - Senior Communication Officer, State Government

Accelerate the learning curve and save time, money and frustration - book your workshop, critique or coaching session with Yvette today.





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.

Send to a Friend


Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
37 Hannan Crescent Ainslie ACT 2602 Australia

© 2000-2005 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect information in articles, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site might be down temporarily. Privacy policy





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