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Posted 18 June 2004 - 10:42 AM
I really enjoyed your article. It was very well-written
and I learned why I should care about XHTML, even
if I knew nothing about it before. It was very practical
One small point: The dictionary at dictionary.com
classifies the word "crap" as "Vulgar Slang".
Don't get me wrong. I've used worse words myself. :-)
However, I feel that your writing will be even more
professional if you avoid words like that.
On the other hand, I understand that some authors
deliberately use this technique to emphasize a point
or to command their readers' attention.
And, yes, Jill, I'm jealous. :-)
Posted 18 June 2004 - 01:43 PM
Anthony's suggestion about buying Ezine Announcer software is right on. I've used it for probably close to two years now. The software comes with a database of sites that accept article submissions (places like ideamarketers.com that collect articles available for republication) and helps you fill out each form individually by auto-filling fields on the submit page. It's at ezineannouncer.com
I've also used Karon's service. She has a database of individual ezine editors/publishers that accept guest article submissions via email. Truthfully, I probably already know about most of those on her list, but I'm not real organized about distributing my articles via email. So, my primary motivation was saving time. I paid her to do her thing while I went on my merry way doing another thing.
Both of the above you could do for free, but it takes a lot of time upfront to find all of the right sites and ezines.
On the subject of style, I noticed a couple of people commented that you used the word "crap". This is just my opinion, but I think it depends on what kind of image you want to portray. Personally, I think it fits in well the way you've used it.
To those of us with non-technical backgrounds, you techie guys tend to be stereo-typed as geeks who like to talk and write in long, mysterious code words. IMO, your tone, sentence structure, and word choices in the article help demonstrate that you are not the stereotypical techie. You can communicate in a way that we non-technical site owners can understand.
Now, if you really ARE a geek that likes to throw around mysterious words, then you have a problem.
P.S. I totally hate photos of myself, so it was a big step for me, too to put a picture on my sites and profile. Hang in there with it. It only hurts for a little while.
Posted 18 June 2004 - 05:27 PM
PS Oh, and well done on your first article, MCP - I think you'll find it's a turning point.
Posted 18 June 2004 - 07:24 PM
BTW- dictionary.com is wrong. (kidding)
I won't use "crap" in my next article!
Posted 19 June 2004 - 01:39 PM
I do realize however, that this is not a forum to annouce each time I write and article so I won't post em any more after this.
Edited by MCP, 19 June 2004 - 01:50 PM.
Posted 19 June 2004 - 01:44 PM
Posted 19 June 2004 - 01:47 PM
It is called "The Web Designer Versus the Web Developer: Who is Right?"
"For some reason, they have the same goals, but can't seem to agree on the right way to achieve them. Your designer swears that you need a super slick interface with all the bells and whistles and lots of vibrant color to draw the user's attention. Your web developer tells you that you need blue underlined text links and a white background at all times because it is more usable. Both want you to have a successful web site, and neither can tolerate the other's point of view. So who has the right idea?"
Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:43 AM
Cute nose Brian!
Well I see nothing wrong with MY photo - hmmph!
Posted 08 July 2004 - 07:42 PM
Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:15 PM
Good article Chris - You're on your way...
(and your article was well written and very informative too!)
Posted 20 September 2004 - 08:32 PM
what do you think Chris?
Edited by Jill, 20 September 2004 - 09:04 PM.
Posted 20 September 2004 - 09:38 PM
Posted 20 January 2005 - 05:53 AM
congrats on your article!
You could start an adwords campaign to get your article out there!
Just avoid the 'expensive' keywords to keep the expenses under control...
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