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Enter the Year of the Snake


Volume 2, No. 1, 24/1/2001


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 2, No. 1 Enter the Year of the Snake January 24, 2001

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

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Welcome back and Happy Chinese New Year.

According to the astrologists and feng shui consultants, snake years
often herald dramatic events after the celebratory Year of the Dragon
due to the short-sighted excesses of the Dragon's play.

Could be a warning there for web site developers who don't want to
join the ranks of the dot.bombs. Spend your money on useful, clear
content, not flashy gimmicks.

The Year of the Snake is also ideal for self-improvement through
studies and classes. That's good news for me - I've set the date for
brizcomm's first two-day Web Content Workshop (Thursday and Friday,
February 22-23, at the Sheraton Brisbane Hotel). We already have
several bookings, including a woman flying in specially from Peru
(true story).

Next week I'll give you the dates of the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide
and Perth workshops along with a new one-day Just Write Workshop for
those of you who've already completed the original one-day content

The revamped brizcomm site is only weeks away and incorporates lots
of your valuable suggestions from our first online survey (see item 3).

Thanks so much to the 46 of you who took the time to fill it out
(a great response, 10% statistically speaking). Wish I could give you
each a $20 e-voucher (maybe next year). Our first five winners are
raechel, margl, Cleveland, karenb and wical.

Will reveal more plans and surprises next week.


PS See what the Year of the Snake has in store for you at


1. Web content tip
2. And the survey shows…
3. Q & A
4. Columns
5. Surf Club links
6. Reader's choice
7. Weekly thought


1. Web content tip

My folder is overflowing with useful links and tips amassed during
the holidays but I won't overwhelm you first week back.

One of the best articles I've read recently is "Dot Success
in an Era of Dot Bust" by marketing guru Pastor Ralph Wilson:


2. And the survey shows…

The most popular parts of the newsletter, in order of priority, are
links to articles, web content tips, site reviews, web news/events
and the joke (although one reader actually disliked the weekly

Your professional backgrounds are fairly evenly spread between
marketing/advertising/sales/PR, IT&T, creative and education/research.

Average age of readers is between 26 and 45, with twice as many
female readers as male.

I'll share more findings next week. Thanks again to all respondents.


3. Q & A

In response to one reader's suggestion, I've include a question and
answer section in this week's newsletter to see how you like it.

All I need now is a challenging content-related question so I can
attempt to nut out the answer for you and publish it next week.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


4. Columns

brizcomm's eclectic assortment of unpaid but devoted columnists
are back to entertain you this year.

Pollyanna shares her thoughts on New Year celebrations while
Cameron Koo discusses things that bite, sting, scratch and annoy
Gold Coast dwellers.

Carol Ann White and Old Grumpy are allowing the muse an extended

Read them at http://www.brizcomm.com.au

* New "reader writers" are always welcome at brizcomm - check the
guidelines then submit your contribution for consideration at:


5. Surf Club

48 Hours
For hot headlines in medicine, stop by this free health-related
news service. Find out what's happened on the medical front in the
past 48 hours or search for jargon-free information on a range of
topics, from dandruff to cardiac bypass surgery. Other goodies
include article synopses, audio interviews, simple statistics
graphs, chat and links.
In a net shell: Just the facts.

Fun School
Keep the kids out of your hair with this colourful interactive grab
bag of free, educational games for kindy-goers to sixth graders.
The fun includes puzzle and board games, arcade, jokes, silly stories,
free screensavers and colour-in pages. Parents even have their own
In a net shell: Cool school.

Face Generator
This face transformation tool is cheaper than a facelift and way
more fun. Manipulate the facial features of your friends and foes
then send the result as a link. Though just for kicks now, potential
uses of the Face Generator include optical stores, medical services,
legal and police force applications and hairdressing. (Works only in
Internet Explorer 4+.)
In a net shell: Face off.

Wacky Uses
Did you know that Alka-Seltzer or Coca-Cola can clean your toilet? Or
that Crayola chalk will stop ants? And yoghurt can soothe sunburn?
Learn lots of alternative uses for everyday products at this clever
In a net shell: Handy.

Skyscraper Page
Fans of tall buildings have created this homage to the skyscraper. See
the "World's Tallest Diagram", a searchable database producing a colour
graphic of tall buildings arranged by height along with details
including address, architect and number of floors. Explore the forums
and skyline photos or follow the links to views of cities and tall
buildings, Lego skyscrapers and an interactive aerial view of Manhattan.
In a net shell: Tall stories.

Yoga, a Sanskri word meaning "union", is a 6000-year-old scientific
technique for spiritual development. The goal is unification of body,
mind and spirit. Learn more at this cleanly designed site where you can
view illustrations of yoga postures, discover Pranayama and the seven
Chakras, ask questions in the forum, listen to free yoga music radio
or download free yoga mp3s.
In a net shell: Simple.

Discover how many seconds old you are, your wedding ring size or
pretty much any other calculation with a free megaConverter. The
site is an ever-growing set of weights, measures and units
conversion/calculation modules. Don't miss the megaResources page
for jokes and facts.
In a net shell: Bookmark it.


6. Reader's choice

In response to yet another survey suggestion, here's your chance
to share your review of a favourite non-commercial web site.

You get two or three short sentences to make your point.

Send 'em to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


7. Weekly thought

"Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be
carried out immediately." -Charles M. Sheldon


Seeya next week.


PS If you like the newsletter, please forward to your friends -
and suggest they sign up for their own copy ;-)

Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683

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

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