Re: Help

Subject: Re: Help
From: Dan BRINEGAR <vr2link -at- VR2LINK -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 1997 09:58:10 -0700

>Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 16:54:34 -0700
>From: Jim & Peggy <taflar -at- UTW -dot- COM>
>Subject: Help
>I want to get into telecomuting and would like suggestions on how to
>accomplish this goal.

The Phoenix Chapter of STC offers the "Insider's Guide to the Arizona
Technical Communications Market," and their employment homepage (which I
don't work on anymore) is at:


...we used to have a telecommuting and independent contracting PIC, dunno
if it's still active.

I believe the Silicon Valley chapter
ty_of_Technical_Communication> and
<> also offered a similar guide.

For Java-related materials, I'd recommend first looking into former
techwhirler Laura Lemay's stuff at:


Dr. Dobb's Journal also has some fairly useful Java-related articles
archived at:


... and then wandering over to Gamelan at:
<> where everything Java can eventually be tracked down...

I'm telecommuting and writing Java-stuff as an independent contractor for
right now, and it can't be beat! <grin> Although as my roomate has
occassionally hollered from across the hall right after rolling outta bed:
"Oh, Gosh! We're already at work!"

For me, getting this gig was largely a matter of timing: We've tried
independent contracting from home before, and it hasn't always worked. But
this time, having pretty-much missed the Spring contract techwriter's
season, I got in contact with a telcommuting, business-owning
favourite-former-boss and she just happened to need a techwriter right
away... no questions ever came up about where I was gonna work, or what
software and equipment I was gonna use. This is a Very Good Thing.

A coupla years ago, most of the contacts I got for telecommuting and
independent contracts were from hits off my website... I listed the skills
I offered as the second or third line of text on the page, and the search
engines found those pretty fast, so that I showed up early in any search
for tech writing (or whatever else I had listed there). Today, it's a
little harder to get noticed that way (what with a few hundred million
extra URLs added to the web in the last two years)...

But there are a couple of ways to get around that: you can do a search
yourself and look for anyone with a page devoted to "technical
communicators on the web" or existing sites devoted to your
area-of-specialization; if they offer to include links to your site if you
email them, do so (easy, fast, and cheap). Another way is kinda
passive-aggressive, and open to some controversy -- but if you're offering
a legitimate, legal, needed service, I feel it's okay -- called
(unfortunately) "spamdexing," it involves adding meta-tags to your webpages
so that the search engines have an easier time of finding you... (that is,
legal-and-legitimate in that you don't put "sex" in yer meta-tags, but
include buzzwords and keywords about what you do and offer -- like the
particular mil-specs you know by heart, "IPB" and stuff like that).

Some pages discussing this technique are at:

At WebWeek <> For a
general discussion of it;

Jim's Promotion Tips <>
among some pretty good tips on promoting your organization on the web;

Advertising your site <>.

I know, I know, I just got in a bit of trouble for flaming a post featuring
content-free, somewhat spammy, telemarketing-flavoured boilerplate.... I
do feel that there's a difference between promoting something nobody needs
and legitimately promoting your services... (he said, opening the asbestos

Best regards,

>Date: Fri, 25 Apr 1997 16:54:34 -0700
>From: Jim & Peggy <taflar -at- UTW -dot- COM>
>Subject: Help
>I want to get into telecomuting and would like suggestions on how to
>accomplish this goal.
>I would also like to obtain lists of technically orientated
>temporary/contract agencies from the major cities on the West coast from
>Seatle to San Diego, Denver, Phoenix and Albuquerque.
>Is there a tutorial on Java that can be downloaded?

Dan Brinegar Information Developer/Research Droid/Mac Guy <-- under construction

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