Product Recap: April 2015

by Emily E. Steck

Product Recap: April 2015

April is the cruelest month, according to T.S. Eliot, but at Quietly this month, we saw no major growing pains, just growing. By focusing mainly on a new display option and our writer onboarding process and editorial workflow, the product team (and everyone else at Quietly) worked as hard as always to up the ante on our product. Here’s what we did this April.

Quietly Cards

The latest addition to our four display options, we introduced Quietly Cards, a display option that publishes your content as a vertical list. Optimized for mobile and the web (as always), it allows for publishers to strategize where to put the most important content through headers and thumbnail previews while readers can minimize or maximize cards as they go to explore more media. For readers who prefer to scroll, this is a perfect new tool for publishers and brands to cater to their audiences’ preferences.

Grammar Myths Debunked

By Emily E. Steck

Here are several grammar myths and don'ts, debunked.

  • Myth: Quotation Marks & Punctuation

    By Emily E. Steck

    It all depends on using American or British English. In American English, punctuation remains inside closing quotation marks, but not always. In British English, punctuation is outside the marks.

  • Myth: “i.e.” and “e.g.” Mean the Same Thing

    By Emily E. Steck

    i.e.= in other words. e.g.= for example. I.e. is used to offer a finite list of things whereas e.g. is more open-ended and offers a possibility.

  • Myth: Use 'A' Before Consonant, "An" Before Vowel

    By Emily E. Steck

    Not necessarily. You use a before consonant sounds. You use "an" before vowel sounds. For instance, you use "an" before "hour" or "MBA" because their first syllables sound like vowels. 

  • Myth: Never Split Infinitives

    By Emily E. Steck

    An infinitive is a two-word form of a verb. Something like "to do" or "to tell." You may split the infinitives by adding another word to separate the duo, like "to happily do" or "to boldly tell."

  • Myth: But and And Cannot Begin a Sentence

    By Emily E. Steck

    But of course they can! There is actually no historically foundation for this rule; it has been used as a stylistic modern rule.

  • Myth: Sentences Cannot End with Prepositions

    By Emily E. Steck

    Sometimes, prepositions need to end a sentence. "What did you step on?" Or "Cheer up" or "I want to know where it's from." All are perfectly acceptable.

  • Myth: Always Use 2 Spaces After a Period

    By Emily E. Steck

    False. This only worked for monospaced type in which every character takes up the same space. In the age of proportionally typed fonts, using two spaces after a period hurts readability. 

  • Myth: Keyboards Are Holdovers from the Modern Era

    By Emily E. Steck

    The QWERTY keyboard was not used to slow typists down because of mechanical errors. The earliest typewriters and telegraph operators found alphabetical layouts confusing to translate Morse Code. 

TL;DR Quietly’s new display option allows users to scroll through content.

Editorial Workflow 

Work smart, not hard (but also—still work hard). This month, one of our primary missions was to improve our editorial workflow between all parties within Quietly. Instead of using superfluous word processor software and tons of emails, we’ve automated the workflow process for publishers/clients and writers alike (though we’re still tinkering). 

Now, it’s easy to view the status of each content: creating, needs editing, approved and published. Color coordinated and displayed in a simple vertical list, any Quietly user—whether you are a client, writer or part of the editorial team—can update their new status without sending an email. By making this simple change, we’ve facilitated a smooth coordination between our editorial team and growing database of writers as our large volume of work increases. For our publishing clients, we’ve also upgraded how we can deliver various preferences and CMSs any publisher is working with.

Workflow Screenshot

A Call To All Writers

The mantra of any writer is this: writing is hard, finding work is harder. For writers building their portfolios, we want to help tailor that experience by giving writers the right tools for content creation and portfolio building. Which is why we’ve tweaked some of the profile settings at Quietly, so it’s easy to display your work.

If you’d like the opportunity to get paid to do what you love (re: write), come work with us. We’re always looking for good talent, from newbies to experienced pros.

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