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An easy way to build a web site

 

Vol. 6, No. 3, 27/4/2005

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen

first name


Web logs (blogs, for short) are hot stuff online. Why? For starters, blogs
are -

* instant publishing
* simple and inexpensive for non-techies to create update
* a quick and easy way to build a mini web site
* a great way to foster community
* fooling filters by bypassing the email inbox (via the web or a web
feed)
* truly democratic (you don't need money, tech savvy or a printing press
to publish)

You can find blogs by CEOs, politicians, customer support staff,
celebrities, journalists and even homeless people…seems everyone's getting
in on the act.

I've set up a blog to test the waters. Yes, it's crass, but I've called it
"Cut The Crap".

After almost 10 years online, I've seen a lot of garbage in the guise of
web content. It's time to get real.

My new blog will serve as a repository for the "worst of the web" -
bloated writing, jargon, waffle, piffle, gobbledygook, bureaucratese and
marketing hype.

What better way to learn excellence than by seeing examples of what not to
do?

Take a look and post your comments on the blog or email me your best (and
worst) examples -
http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/

If you'd like to have a go at setting up a blog, try
http://www.blogger.com/

Yvette

PS you can also sign up to receive new blog postings via RSS (what's
that?).

PPS if you find value in this newsletter, do forward it to your friends.


Web content tip

When you're online, watch out for wolfpacks, zombies, typosquatters and
honeypots. Huh?

You don't need to be an IT genius to work with online content but it helps
to at least talk turkey with the techies.

Brush up on your tech-speak with this curious list of weird acronyms and
tech term oddities.

Tech talk -
http://www.webopedia.com/DidYouKnow/Computer_Science/2005/weird_tech_terms.asp



Email tip

Any online publisher knows that email marketing ain't as easy as it seems.


Despite filters and formatting fickleness, it's still a wonderful world
wide web.

When you need a lift, see the brighter side with these seven email
marketing cartoons -

Email cartoons - http://www.marketingsherpa.com/sample.cfm?contentID=2953



Readers write

Long-term readers will remember our guest columnist, Pollyanna, who
faithfully submitted 500 or so heart-warming words each week during the
years 2000 to 2003.

Pollyanna shared her anecdotes, inspirational advice and wisdom on a
colourful range of topics, from how to handle criticism to making the
perfect cuppa.

She could find a silver lining in any everyday activity - parenting and
grandparenting, gardening, teaching, cooking, working out, dressing up,
changing fashions, "silver surfers", driving, shopping…

In response to demand, I've compiled all 115 stories into six e-books for
sale online and instant download.

Simply order, use our secure payment system and print out your e-book (or
read directly from the screen of your computer).

Place the pages in a plastic-sleeved folder, whack on a red bow and you
have the perfect Mother's Day gift (don't forget it's May 8 in Australia).


Get 'em while they're hot.

Make mum's day - http://www.brizcomm.com.au/shop/



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...?


If you can't make next month's Canberra workshop, email me now to find out
my rates and to arrange a time.

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



Surf Club (web site reviews)

The Meaning of Food
http://www.pbs.org/opb/meaningoffood/
"What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table,
and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning."
Explore our relationship with food and life, family and culture through
the stories, recipes, photos, quizzes, desktop backgrounds and links on
topics from slow food to weird food.
In a net shell: Food glorious food.

Zoom Quilt
http://www.eviltree.de/zoomquilt/zoom.htm
Step into this unusual collaborative digital artwork for a never-ending
journey. Use your mouse to zoom into the dreamlike world and go deeper,
deeper, deeper…
In a net shell: A click in time.

NameVoyager
http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/
How popular is your name - or the one you've chosen for your child? The
NameVoyager is a Java-based application showing you the trends of names in
America during the past century. Simply click and type in an initial or
name and zoom in to see its ranking for each decade.
In a net shell: Innovative.

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



Reader choice

For fans of the comic strip, For Better or for Worse

For fans of Calvin And Hobbes

An artist who produces a painting a day

and for other people's rejected or found photographs

- submitted by Ian Duncanson of Brisbane.


Food for thought

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the
public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly.

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



Top links from last issue

Singing Horses

How to implement a CMS

Face Transformer


Friends and sponsors

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.

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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]

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
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An easy way to build a web site
Vol. 6, No. 3 - April 27, 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

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From the editor, Yvette Nielsen


first name


Web logs (blogs, for short) are hot stuff online. Why? For starters, blogs are -

* instant publishing
* simple and inexpensive for non-techies to create update
* a quick and easy way to build a mini web site
* a great way to foster community
* fooling filters by bypassing the email inbox (via the web or a web feed)
* truly democratic (you don't need money, tech savvy or a printing press to publish)

You can find blogs by CEOs, politicians, customer support staff, celebrities, journalists and even homeless people…seems everyone's getting in on the act.

I've set up a blog to test the waters. Yes, it's crass, but I've called it "Cut The Crap".

After almost 10 years online, I've seen a lot of garbage in the guise of web content. It's time to get real.

My new blog will serve as a repository for the "worst of the web" - bloated writing, jargon, waffle, piffle, gobbledygook, bureaucratese and marketing hype.

What better way to learn excellence than by seeing examples of what not to do?

Take a look and post your comments on the blog or email me your best (and worst) examples -
http://www.livejournal.com/users/crapblog/

If you'd like to have a go at setting up a blog, try http://www.blogger.com/

Yvette

PS you can also sign up to receive new blog postings via RSS (what's that?).

PPS if you find value in this newsletter, do forward it to your friends.




Web content tip


When you're online, watch out for wolfpacks, zombies, typosquatters and honeypots. Huh?

You don't need to be an IT genius to work with online content but it helps to at least talk turkey with the techies.

Brush up on your tech-speak with this curious list of weird acronyms and tech term oddities.

Tech talk



Email tip

Any online publisher knows that email marketing ain't as easy as it seems.

Despite filters and formatting fickleness, it's still a wonderful world wide web.

When you need a lift, see the brighter side with these seven email marketing cartoons -

Email cartoons



Readers write


Long-term readers will remember our guest columnist, Pollyanna, who faithfully submitted 500 or so heart-warming words each week during the years 2000 to 2003.

Pollyanna shared her anecdotes, inspirational advice and wisdom on a colourful range of topics, from how to handle criticism to making the perfect cuppa.

She could find a silver lining in any everyday activity - parenting and grandparenting, gardening, teaching, cooking, working out, dressing up, changing fashions, "silver surfers", driving, shopping…

In response to demand, I've compiled all 115 stories into six e-books for sale online and instant download.

Simply order, use our secure payment system and print out your e-book (or read directly from the screen of your computer).

Place the pages in a plastic-sleeved folder, whack on a red bow and you have the perfect Mother's Day gift (don't forget it's May 8 in Australia).

Get 'em while they're hot.

Make mum's day



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...?


If you can't make next month's Canberra workshop, email me now to find out my rates and to arrange a time.

Consulting services



Surf Club (web site reviews)


The Meaning of Food
http://www.pbs.org/opb/meaningoffood/
"What we consume, how we acquire it, who prepares it, who’s at the table, and who eats first is a form of communication that is rich with meaning." Explore our relationship with food and life, family and culture through the stories, recipes, photos, quizzes, desktop backgrounds and links on topics from slow food to weird food.
In a net shell: Food glorious food.

Zoom Quilt
http://www.eviltree.de/zoomquilt/zoom.htm
Step into this unusual collaborative digital artwork for a never-ending journey. Use your mouse to zoom into the dreamlike world and go deeper, deeper, deeper…
In a net shell: A click in time.

NameVoyager
http://www.babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/
How popular is your name - or the one you've chosen for your child? The NameVoyager is a Java-based application showing you the trends of names in America during the past century. Simply click and type in an initial or name and zoom in to see its ranking for each decade.
In a net shell: Innovative.

More web site reviews



Reader choice

For fans of the comic strip, For Better or for Worse

For fans of Calvin And Hobbes

An artist who produces a painting a day

and for other people's rejected or found photographs

- submitted by Ian Duncanson of Brisbane.




Food for thought

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." - Cyril Connolly.
More quotes & jokes



Top links from last issue


Singing Horses

How to implement a CMS

Face Transformer





Friends and sponsors

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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