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Part 5: Backup > Writerly Sites

Chapter 18. Writerly Sites

To get the latest advice, news, and gossip, go online. These sites will keep you up-to-date on trends in online writing. Some will also answer questions and entertain your own rants, as you talk to other writers or folks who care about the impact of Web text.

Blogdex http://blogdex.media.mit.edu/ Crawls all over the Web looking for links to blogs and reports back the results of this democratic survey.
Blue Ear http://www.blueear.com A collaborative enterprise sharing good writing and lively discussions, guided by Ethan Casey, an editor who is tuned into the excitement and anxiety of writing for the Web.
ClickZ http://www.clickz.com/design/write_onl/index.php Nick Usborne's column on marketing writing is a weekly must-visit. Browse the rest of the site for practical advice on marcomm.
Cluetrain Manifesto http://www.cluetrain.com/ Get a clue, by browsing this manifesto against conventional marketing. Written by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searles, and David Weinberger, this is the classic revolutionary call to arms in favor of conversation and writing that is “natural, open, honest, direct, funny and often shocking.”
Content Exchange http://www.content-exchange.com/cx/index.cfm The tiptop of sites devoted to the process of creating online content, with discussions, newsletters, advice, news, jobs, and classifieds. Home of the stars: Amy Gahran and Steve Outing, and a cast of (literally) thousands.
Contententious http://www.contentious.com A great ezine aimed at anyone who is creating content for online media, meaning, mostly, the Web, from Amy Gahran. News, tips, insider insights.
Cyberjournalist.net http://www.cyberjournalist.net Jonathan Dube's helpful site for anyone who writes on the Web, but especially journalists. Tips, headlines, links to job sites.
Eastgate Systems http://www.eastgate.com/HypertextNow/ Thoughtful essays on the literary approach to links, in fiction, poetry, nonfiction—serious hypertext.
Eaton Web http://portal.eatonweb.com Checks out thousands of blogs and lists favorites under a few dozen categories.
Edit-Work.com http://www.edit-work.com/ For advice about editing and writing on the Web and a discussion list for Web editors.
e-Media Tidbits http://www.poynter.org/tidbits/index.htm Started by Steve Outing, the interactive media columnist for Editor & Publisher Online, and hosted by the Poynter Organization, this Weblog offers short takes on the business of online media.
E-Writers.net http://e-writers.net/tips.html Christine Reed responds to e-mails from writers, posts advice, book reviews, and links for online writers.
E-Zine Tips http://ezine-tips.com/ Advice on content, format, list management,
Good Documents http://www.gooddocuments.com Dan Bricklin, veteran of the software wars, gives practical advice on business writing on the Web.
Inscriptions http://www.inscriptionsmagazine.com Jade Walker sends out this sympatico e-zine for writers once a week, and the site archives back issues. Focus is on professional writing, not just online writing.
Insert Text Here http://www.inserttexthere.com/ Online writing jobs and media news, reflecting the personal take of Michelle Nicolosi.
Internet Content Net http://www.internetcontent.net/ Home of e-Media Tidbits, the collective Weblog headed by Steve Outing, and an archive of content (rather than new material) because the site ran out of money in the dot-com crash.
Internet Marketing Center http://www.marketingtips.com/tipsltr.html For marcomm tips and a heavy dose of self-promotion.
Jargon Free Web http://www.jargonfreeweb.com/newstory.html Join the crusade to stamp out jargon in press releases on the Web.
Jim Romenesko's Media News http://www.poynter.org/medianews/index.cfm Gossip, breaking news, and a great take on journalism on paper, on the air, and on the Web. You may want to make this a regular visit.
Marketing Profs http://www.marketingprofs.com/index.asp Great info on marketing, most of which applies to online copywriting. From professors and professionals.
Marketing Sherpa http://www.marketingsherpa.com/index.cfm Advice and news on marketing writing and the content business.
Markets for Writers http://www.marketsforwriters.com Anthony Tedesco and his little brother Paul put together this wonderful, up-to-date listing of places you can sell your Web writing, taking off from their book, Online Markets for Writers: How to Make Money by Selling Your Writing on the Internet.
Media Bistro http://www.mediabistro.com Founded seven years ago by freelance journalist Laurel Touby, for writers, editors, copywriters, producers, designers of new media, this site offers links to current articles, job listings, lively discussions, nitty gritty details of insurance, contracts, freelancing.
Media Channel http://www.mediachannel.org To follow trends in all the media, but particularly the Web, look at this nonprofit's action toolkits, special reports, forums, and job lists.
Media Map http://www.mediamap.com Research, news, and jobs for online and print journalists, and PR folks.
National Writers Union http://www.nwu.org/ A fighter for freelancers, the union offers sample contracts, legal defense, and a place to gossip. (Not just Web writers, here). Worth visiting, for their defense of freelancers against corporations grabbing all rights from writers.
New Media Studies http://newmediastudies.com/ A fascinating, if artsy, take on all forms of communication over the Internet. Lots of theory and examples of hip design.
Nielsen Norman Group http://www.nngroup.com For the latest usability research, some of which relates directly to text.
NUA http://www.nua.ie/surveys Want a stat right away? NUA collects summaries of all Internet surveys, and gives you links to the original research. Plus, Gerry McGovern and his staff comment on online writing. Check their count of Internet users: How Many Online?
Online Journalism Review http://ojr.usc.edu/index.cfm For news from around the world on many kinds of online writing, from the USC Annenberg School for Communication. Plus a jobs board and a list of resources for online reporters. Good stuff.
Online News Association http://www.journalists.org A focal point for online journalists, with its own conference and occasional research.
Online Writing List http://www.content-exchange.com/cx/html/owl.htm Sign up for this discussion, with daily digests. Follow trends, learn inside dope, and, maybe, answer some
Pew Internet and American Life http://www.pewinternet.org/ Lots of great info on your visitors.
Poynter http://www.poynter.org/research/nm.htm Resources for online journalists, with news items and fascinating articles by real writers—and researchers.
Publish http://www.publish.com/ The online site for the paper magazine offers insider articles about content, e-marketing, usability, standards, and operations.
Rank Write Roundtable http://www.rankwrite.com Heather Lloyd-Martin and Jill Whalen answer questions from folks who want to write their way to search heaven.
Science Sites http://www.sciencesitescom.com Merry Bruns' site, with lots of resources such as the Web Editor's Toolkit, and tips on how to find a job writing or editing online.
Studio B http://www.studiob.com/ab/lists.asp David Rogelberg's site has a great e-mail newsletter for professional writers, particularly those concentrating on high tech subjects.
Sun Oasis http://www.sunoasis.com/newmanna.html David Eide's resources for online writers, with interviews, articles, tips, and links to job sites, plus a zine with his own poems, and other folks' stories.
Target Marketing http://www.targeting.com/index.html Jim Sterne's corporate site offers articles and research reports on what works and what doesn't, in online marketing.
The Page of Only Weblogs http://www.jjg.net/portal/tpoowl.html Lists faves, topical obsessions, journalistic blogs, and only blogs.
The Titanic Desk Chair Rearrangement Corporation http://www.tdcrc.com Fun rants on personalization and gonzo marketing from Eric Norlin and Christopher Locke in their newsletter, plus rants and chapters of their work.
University of California Graduate School of Journalism http://www.journalism.berkeley.edu/jobs/othersit.html#NewMedia Writing-related job banks on the Internet, with a focus on reporting jobs. Most jobs are in traditional TV, radio, and newspapers; but some are online.
Uncle Netword http://www.uncle-netword.com A site devoted to web text, not design, infrastructure, or whatnot. Styleguide, tips, and articles.
Useit.com http://www.useit.com/papers/webwriting/ Jakob Nielsen's research on writing for the Web. After you read these articles, browse the rest of the site, for valuable insights into the way people think and act when using the Web.
User Interface Engineering http://world.std.com/~uieweb/ Jared Spool's group comes up with startling conclusions in its research; you may dispute their statistical validity, but you can't deny their ideas are controversial.
Web Editors List http://www.topica.com/lists/webeditors To discuss Web editing with other editors.
Weblogs.com http://www.weblogs.com From Userland, this site lists new and updated sites by the hour.
WinWriters http://www.winwriters.com A site devoted to online help within software and on the Web. Great resources. Run by an actual writer, Joe Welinske, the site acts as ground zero for conferences, workshops, and advice about customer assistance.



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