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Volume 1, No. 18, 24/5/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 18 Are you cut out for content? May 24, 2000

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

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This is the year of content and, if I had any doubts, the number
of inquiries I receive each week from people wanting to enter the
industry confirms it.

"Do I need writing experience, what about technical skills like
HTML and PhotoShop?

"Can you recommend a book, web site, recruitment agency, mentor?"

"How much should I charge?"

I've already touched on fees for online content work in previous
newsletters - if you missed those, see the archives at

Much as I enjoy advising would-be content workers and promoting
this exciting new industry, spare time is perilously short these
days between workshops, consulting, writing and emailing.

Fortunately, original content guru Amy Gahran has come to our
rescue with an excellent feature for people considering entering
the online content game (see web content tip below).

Read it now, sharpen your skills and get out there. There's no
shortage of work around town, or around the globe for that matter,
for web-savvy writers.

Quite a few new portals and vortals are about to launch and will
be seeking original, purpose-written local content.

The papers rarely list content jobs, or the positions are disguised
with ridiculous techie names. Word of mouth, email and writing or
content-related sites (such as www.content-exchange.com) are still
your best sources.

I'm also offering this newsletter as a conduit for online content
job seekers and employers. A one-off six-line ad costs $50 - email
me for details.




1. Web content tip
2. Working together
3. Free books
4. Virus protection
5. New columnists
6. Surf Club links
7. Weekly chuckle

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1. Web content tip

Online content guru Amy Gahran has another ripper this week with her
guide for anyone wanting to enter the online content business.

Discover the personal qualities you'll need to survive in this
booming industry.

Anyone considering hiring a content pro should also read the article:

Part one:

You might also like to bookmark these for reading at your leisure:

How to transfer your writing talent to the web:

How much to charge as a freelancer:

SalaryZone - see how others are doing online:

New Brisbane-based B2B vortal seeks freelance writer/journalist for
regular weekly ebusiness column in respected national print
publication. Topics to include basic ecommerce advice, technology
news and trends as well as local case studies. Must be self-motivated,
reliable and accurate with a genuine interest in ebusiness issues.
Email mark.white@ozecorp.com

2. Working together

Can two independent professionals live and work together without
going mad?

Freelance writer Rob Einaudi reckons it can be done, with a little
ingenuity and flexibility.

Read his advice for cohabiting eworkers at:


3. Free books

Since he was nine, Brisbane's Greg Fogarty has been intrigued by
one of Australia's most bizarre, brutal and baffling family

The crime was committed 30 years ago in Melbourne, in the street
where Greg grew up.

The killer of Theresa Crawford and her three children has never
been caught.

Greg hopes his book, Almost Perfect, will lead to a conviction.

If you'd like an autographed copy of Almost Perfect (and live in
Australia and are willing to write a short review for brizcomm),
email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

First in, first served but non-winners will go in the random draw
for a surprise (even I don't know the prize) later in the year.

For more information about the Crawford family murders, see:

* WARNING: the site includes explicit and disturbing photos.


4. Virus protection

Yet another destructive virus has hit our shores.

For protection against the NewLove virus and for other latest fixes,
see ZDNet Downloads Anti-Virus Centre:


You can download a free anti-virus program here:

and another one here:

* no program is worth a pinch if you don't update it regularly


5. New columnists

New brizcomm columnists Old Grumpy and his virtual antithesis,
the NetWit, have been drawing favourable fan email from readers.

If you haven't met them yet, here's your chance:

Old Grumpy

the NetWit


6. Surf Club

Brisbane-based Firehorse lays claim to being Australia's first web
site. The newly revamped ezine features punchy articles, columns,
reviews and links. Regular features include Reddog Live Reporting
(local gig guide, reviews and band links) and Inside Surfin
(results and photos from the ASP tour).
In a net shell: Ride on.

The Queensland Independent Online
In May 1993, The Queensland Independent (TQI) became the first
Australian newspaper to go online. The Brisbane community
newspaper is produced by journalism staff and students at the
University of Queensland. TQI is distributed free each month to
suburbs near the university's St Lucia campus and sold at
newsagencies and by subscription. Read the stories in PDF format
or HTML then follow the link to listen to NewsWatch radio current
In a net shell: Hot off the server.

The Complete Guide to Medical Tests
Medical tests can be scary if you don't know what's involved.
This American site provides information on more than 400 tests.
Browse or search the database to find out the purpose of the test,
how to prepare, and potential risks or side effects. Naturally,
double check with your own doctor.
In a net shell: Testing, testing ABC.

fAf, short for fineArtforum, claims to be the longest-running
arts magazine on the Internet. It was founded in 1987 as an
email newsletter to provide news and information for the global
arts and technology community. Read about achievements,
developments, events and opportunities related to the new media
arts community or visit the online gallery.
In a net shell: Fine.

Asian Recipes
When you tire of "meat and three veg", click on the map of Asia
and try a new regional dish from Afghanistan to Vietnam. As well
as recipes, you'll find cooking tips and techniques, herbal
remedies and folklore, and history and culture.
In a net shell: Tastes of Asia.

This free site lists forthcoming events for business, industry
and professionals throughout Australasia. Promote your conference,
seminar, trade show or courses online with a free listing. Attendees
can register online and the portal will send registrations to you
for invoicing.
In a net shell: Pack your portal.

Birdcam 2000
Two peregrine falcons have settled into a human-made nest box on
top of the Kodak Tower in Rochester, New York, to raise their
third family. Visit the Birdcam to follow their progress with
updates every five minutes. Visit the galleries page to send
postcards or see pictures of the day. You can also learn about the
habitats of peregrine falcons, their rebound from threatened
extinction, their role in human myth and history, the parents'
family tree.
In a net shell: Bird's eye view.


7. Weekly chuckle

These are things people actually said in court, word for word:

Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July 15th.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he
woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.

Q: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and
blue lights flashing?
A: Yes.
Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: What did she say?
A: What disco am I at?

Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep,
he doesn't know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the 20 year old, how old is he?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
A: Yes.
Q: And what were you doing at that time?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8.30pm.
Q: And Mr Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you
began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practising
law somewhere.


Be content, or change jobs.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683
Brizcomm, PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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