Product Recap: May 2015

Can you believe we’re already six months into the year, as of today? We can’t either. It’s unoffically the summer season! This month, we launched some writer portfolios for our growing database of Quietly writers and internally improved our map display options. Here’s a detailed product recap as to what we did this month.

Writer Portfolios

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Here’s an example of a nicely fleshed out writer’s portfolio.

Every writer needs a portfolio. Back in the day, that might have been a physical book of cut-out pieces from magazines, newspapers and advertisements. Now, it means having an online space to link out to your work. As we’re growing our database of writers, we realized we needed to provide a place where writers can put their best foot forward.

Our new feature ‘Portfolios’ allow our writers to showcase their work. From native Quietly pieces to existing writing pieces from blogs and online publications elsewhere, Quietly writers now have a centralized little place online to show off their work. (Please note that our portfolio feature is exclusively available to writers at this point in time).

It’s super simple to add portfolio pieces into your profile. Just go to your profile and find ‘Add Work’ then input a URL; we’ll do the work for you by scraping an image, title and excerpt/description of the piece.

But don’t worry. If you’re not a fan of the image or copy, you can use tools from the Quietly arsenal like our image grabber or edit the title and description.

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Finally, you can even add an optional Publication Name and URL to not so humbly brag about the publishers you’ve written for.

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If you’re curious about what makes a good portfolio, check out some of our favorite Quietly portfolios like Rebekah’s, Montana’s, or this one by Nicholas.

Map Display Improvements

Remember our awesome map view display? It allows you (the writer) to plot out items on a map to create an interactive geographic experience. We’re always tinkering to make things better and unique—especially for mobile—and this is no exception. Unlike our other display options, our map view puts emphasis on locations and context around what makes those establishments, like your favorite restaurant or museum, exceptional. We’ve made some improvements to the editing experience to make it easier than ever to map out content (literally) since adding locational content looks and feels different across our different display options. To see this bad boy in action, start making some content. In the meantime, just admire our map display below.

That’s all we’d like to share about May thus far. Tune into our blog this month for some rad coverage on content marketing, product updates, industry insights and free tips for freelance writers. Au revoir!

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