Stuff you might ask (or not)...
Do you wanna know more about us? Are you curious about who the heck we are? Well, you won't find the answers here, but we do try to answer some of your other burning questions.
Q: Are you a porn site?
FAQ OF THE MOMENT
A: Although our name might suggest as much, in fact, we are not a porn site. We may even write about porn in later issues, but trust me, there's no porn to be found here. We are an e-zine.
Q: Are you sure there's no porn? How about later?
A: If you check our site, we assure you that you will not find any pornographic materials here. Look, if you really want porn that much, we're sure you can find plenty elsewhere. Down the road, we can't guarantee anything. Hey, we have bills to pay too.
Q: Why "Happygrrls"?
A: There are already too many sites dealing with angry girls, so we figured we'd take the opposite route and do the happy thing. We're definitely not angry (most of the time), and we wanted to promote something positive. Unfortunately, there were also too many sites doing the happy thing, but the name stuck. It was originally supposed to be "Happygirl," but the domain was bought, as were some other variations. So we did a little creative spelling.
Q: Are you guys jumping on the net bandwagon, or what?
A: Actually, we all have day jobs. Happygrrls is something we do on the side. We're just talented like that. And as we all know, the net can't pay the bills anymore. If you want to know more, check out our About Us page.
Q: Where are you based?
A: In a little place called Toronto, Canada. If you remember, the Simpsons came to visit us a couple of years ago, but only for five minutes. And then we got SARS.
Q: I have a suggestion/hate mail/comment to send you.
A: We welcome all mail of any kind. Feedback is what will keep us going, so feel free to drop us an e-mail to grrls AT happygrrls DOT com about whatever is on your mind, and don't be afraid to hurt our feelings if you want to. We're big, strong women, we can handle it.
Q: I want to contact the editor, webmaster, writer, advertising department, etc.
A: Since there's only three of us, and at least one person on a good day, you can contact any of us for the above. If you want to get specific, check out the Contact page. (Note: check out the sidebar for more hints on where to direct your money.)
Q: I don't see the annoying pop-up ads anymore.
A: Well, that's not really a question, but yes, we've finally bid the pop-up advertising goodbye. That doesn't mean that we will never have advertising again - but for now, you can enjoy Happygrrls fully uninterrupted.
Q: Sometimes when I try to load your site/article I get an error message.
A: Can we say hurray for no more bandwidth restrictions? Hurray! Unfortunately, from time to time you might still experience difficulty. If you get an internal error message, most likely our host server is down. It does that from time to time, and we can't really do anything about that. If you find any broken links on our site or have difficulty accessing a particular page, please drop us a very appreciated e-mail and let us know. You can wag your finger at us by sending an e-mail to christine AT happygrrls DOT com.
Q: Do you do all the writing?
A: Of course we do.
Q: Do you update your site?
A: Yes. At first we came out with monthly "issues," usually at the beginning of each month. Then we found it increasingly difficult to compile an issue in such a short time with day jobs, so we scrapped the issue format and went for a more practical article-by-article format. For new articles, visit our home page. For older articles, visit our archive section.
Q: How long does it take to put an issue together?
A: After the issue goes live, the Happygrrls all take a well-deserved break that lasts about one to two weeks. When the break is over, the Happygrrls reconvene to the drawing board and discuss the next month's issue, beginning with theme. When the theme is decided, article ideas are discussed, which Michelle usually vetoes in a fit of editorial rage. Phan is usually eating, and Christine is usually staring at a wall or flat surface. Slowly, articles are written, and when they are all submitted, the issue takes about one week to be put together for the Internet. And there you have it!
Q: Can I get updates on your site?
A: We're currently in the midst of implementing a mailing list of some sort. But for now, if you would like to know when the next issue is ready, what we're writing about this month, or of any promotions we may be holding, just send us an e-mail to michelle AT happygrrls DOT com.
Q: Can I submit articles?
A: We're always looking for writers. If you want to contribute any writing or have an article suggestion, send an e-mail to christine AT happygrrls DOT com, and if we like it, we'll post it. (Please don't send complete articles. A query letter and/or writing sample is preferred.) Unfortunately, we are unable to compensate contributing writers, but you'll get a big thank you, your name posted on the Internet, and a picture of a puppy. If you don't like puppies, we also have pictures of chinchillas.
Q: Can I link to your articles or pictures?
A: You can link to our articles, and we would be doubly pleased if you gave us a shout-out for the article. We're a little more concerned about linking pictures, though. While we love to share, our bandwidth gets eaten up when our pictures are linked and downloaded from any page, including ones that are outside of our domain. Also, we are constantly moving picture files around, and periodically purge images from older articles. Your best bet is to save the picture and upload it to your own server so that your page won't be compromised.
Q: I want to contact/find out more about/send my undies to someone you wrote about. Can you send me more information?
A: Happygrrls is not, in any way, affiliated with any of the companies or celebrities we discuss in our issues. We repeat: here at Happygrrls, we do not run fan sites, have uncles who work for Clairol, or sell New Kids on the Block memorabilia on the side. While we're very glad that we're writing about something our readers want to read about, and frankly, very flattered that some may think we have the connections, in reality we're just three grrls running an e-zine. Although research is done for our articles, we do not carry extrenous information on the people, places, and things we write about. If you're interested in finding out more about a certain product or person, your best bet is to search out their official site.
Q: Did anyone ever tell you guys that you rock?
A: Why, yes, all the time. But thank you for the compliment! (Okay, so we made this question up. But hey, it's our site.)