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Where have all the web content sites gone?

By Melissa Brewer
Posted Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Many web content websites have vanished or stopped in their tracks in the last few months.

It's quite amazing that this has happened, actually, in the aftermath of the September 11th tragedies -- more people than ever are now using the web to get vital news information in real-time. (Family members in my household now visit international news websites to get a different perspective on the events going on!)

Content is still around, websites still advertise for content creation jobs, and yet the websites for web writers and the content community have dissipated to a small, yet vital, few.

So, if you're looking for support, news, and training, where should you go? Here's a rundown of the surviving -- and thriving -- websites and communities for those of us who write online!

Web Page Content
(http://www.webpagecontent.com/) Articles and products to improve web content >From the website: "75+ ways to make your web content more usable, readable, credible, accessible and profitable, and attract more traffic through search engines. New articles every week or so." An interesting mix of content and creation how-to's.

Contentious
(http://www.contentious.com/articles/011210.htm) Amy Gehran continues to write her monthly articles on online writing and content creation at (http://www.contentious.com). Meet with her when she travels to DC!

Online Content UK
(http://www.onlinecontentuk.org) Online Content UK has moved up to fill the gap in the UK content scene. They are now hosting events, an online discussion group, and they plan on adding UK Content Creation jobs in early 2002.

Independents Day
(http://www.independentsday.org/about_id/aboutid.php) >From the website: "INDEPENDENTS DAY is a worldwide project celebrating independent content and design on the web. It's supported by an informal network of designers, artists, writers, editors, developers, and producers who create content and design to enrich the web."

Web Writer News
(http://www.webwriternews.com) Emily Moorehead's website is packed with news, columns, and resources for web writers.

If I missed your website, which is a definite possibility, please email me your details at mysmys@home.com and I'll let everyone know you're out there!

About the Author
Publisher of The Web Writing Buzz Newsletter (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/webwritingbuzz) The Writer's Online Survival Guide (http://mysmys.tripod.com/thewritersonlinesurvivalguide/) *32 packages of Ramen Noodles = $4.00
*230+ Writing-Specific Job Sources Online = $4.00 *Not having to spend hours searching on the web for new ramen noodle recipes or dead-end writing job links= Priceless* mysmys@home.com