Why You’ll Learn a Lot Through RSS

Why You’ll Learn a Lot Through RSS

You can learn a lot through the RSS, because the proper use of it will keep you up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques, insights, methods, and even job postings related to your field.

As people started considering the Internet as a valid source of news and facts, some worried that crackpot theories and perspectives would easily gain a following, regardless of how untrue they were. They also pointed out that the eventual information overload would make locating that proverbial needle in the haystack increasingly hard.

In many ways, those two predictions were proven correct. But in many ways, the Internet also makes processing information a lot easier. One such case is RSS, short for really simple syndication. When used with an RSS reader (software that receives updates from the websites you subscribe to), youre saved from the trouble of actively visiting websites to see if anythings new.

RSS lets surfers ignore the noise generated by low-quality websites, and concentrate on sources that have proven useful and informative. You can go about your daily business and stay uptodate on your own terms, because RSS lets you go browse through any changes at your leisure.

The RSS reader I use to keep track of whats happening in the freelance world is Bloglines. Aside from maintaining a list of subscribed websites, Bloglines also allows you to search through the latest blog posts, news items, and whatevers been recently published online.

In short, RSS will let you learn a lot because it makes sure that you stay on top on the latest things, and saves you time by helping you sort through the virtually limitless information on the Internet.

Why its Good to Limit the Number of Revisions on Your Contract

One important clause for a project contract is the one that specifies the number of revisions a client is entitled to. By formulating this provision properly, your projects will be more focused and provide less frustration.

It is in the clients interest to require as many revisions as possible, to maximize their investment in your skills. That much is reasonable, as is the need for revisions in the first place. But unfortunately, Ive learned that some clients or employers take specifying revisions lightly, especially when they dont have a clear vision of the final product.

Rather than take the time to provide clear, concrete, and comprehensive feedback on the initial drafts, these clients offer ambiguous instructions that in no way convey exactly what kind of changes they want to see. So the freelancer is forced to make some guesses, working without any framework. Guess what happens when client sees the next round of revisions?

An easy way to avoid irritating the client for apparently not following their vision, whatever or how well defined it may be, is to limit the number of revisions in the contract. This forces the client to properly present their required changes, offering a clear set of standards for the freelancer to meet. This will minimize the frustration felt by spending hours on corrections, only to have them rejected on the basis ofthats not what we talked about.”

Since a good freelancer commits to maximizing each round of revisions, so should a client. If any potential employer balks at the number of revisions you may impose on any arrangement, you can always convince him that its best for all parties involved. Setting such a limit will ensure that you focus all your creativity into something the client will agree with, while the client can expect their requirements to be met on a timely basis.

In short, a maximum number of revisions makes sure that you and your clients hard work is productive and useful.