Freelancers weekly digest

Weekly Digest

As everyone gears up for the festive season (overseen by Santa Claus – the most successful freelancer of them all),  it’s important to keep a bit of perspective. That’s what this week’s selection of links is all about. You know the deal, grab a cup of coffee and give the below a read. Happy Friday!

But aren’t all ad formats annoying?

eConsultancy runs down the most infuriating ad formats online. Our personal favourites are pop-unders with sound for that “Where the hell is that coming from?!” moment in coffee shops.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds

Some great tips for freelance PRs on how to approach journalists with a story. Top advice from some of the best in the business.

Looking for an exit

Interesting discussion on stackexchange on how best to make an exit from a project you just don’t want to be involved in any more.

Save your game

An interesting furore in the games journalism sector this week as the result of a Eurogamer piece criticising many journalists’ close relationships with PRs and publishers.

What’s your rate?

A great, simple way to calculate what your hourly rate should be.

A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool?

Startup valuations have been in the stratosphere for years now (Instagram worth a billion dollars? Come on now), so it’s pleasing to see a reasonably level-headed explanation of his company’s worth from Evernote CEO Phil Libin.

Periodic table of CSS

Nothing more than a bit of 3D CSS porn for the designers among you. The scientists may enjoy it to.

And a bit of fun

Ever wanted to see a charming collection of historical figures larking about? Here you go, then!

Photo by Bunches and Bits