• Jos Carpio

Writer, are you tired of suffer when you try to build your portfolio?

I know it can be hard. There is so many designs options, too many colors, fonts, pages, pictures, EVERYTHING. I’ve always knew that a graphic designer, for example, or a film maker should have a reel or a portfolio, where they show their work. But when I started in the writing business, I never knew that a writer would need it to. I mean, where to start?


To begin with, and like almost everybody else, I started looking for other portfolios by creative or content writers, copywriters, books authors. Anything. I had a vision of my own portfolio in my mind, but for different reasons I couldn’t put it on paper…or on the screen.


The truth is that I NEVER thought I needed a portfolio until I started looking for jobs as a writer, and they asked me for it. So, when I logged in into different platforms, I had this innocence feeling that making it would be easy.


As if!


It was a vicious circle that never stopped. I lost several minutes trying to choose a template, and then trying to fit all of my information in every space, without it look awful. And as the perfectionist I am, I always kept trying. Long story short, it didn’t work.


At the end of the day—even at the end of the week—, I didn’t have any portfolio to send, and it was too late to apply for the jobs that I wanted to apply for.


I was devastated, so I asked for help in Facebook, and people actually started to giving me several recommendations to build my portfolio. Still, it wasn’t enough. Of course, every change when a girl suggested me this page: http://www.journoportfolio.com/.


At first, I had my doubts. Was it really as easy as she said? So, like I’ve already had nothing to lose, I decided to try it and OH MY GOD. Once I started uploading all of my information, I couldn’t help but thinking “why haven’t I found this page before?”. I mean, if I’d known, I’m pretty sure that I could have had apply to all those jobs that I lost in a very stupid way.


But why is it so effective? Well, to begin with, is super easy to use.


You don’t have to be a web designer, or a graphic designer to know how to put every element. To be honest, the big problem that I had when I wanted to make a portfolio in the other platforms, was that I was too focus on the design that I forgot of the most important: K.I.S.S.


Yes, the KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID rule.


You’re not a graphic designer, or maybe you are, but if you’re applying for a writer job, you should focus on your writing, so keep the information as cleans as you can so everyone can read it easily.


I also had doubts about how I should share the articles that I wrote for other companies. I mean, should I post it again? Wouldn’t that be a problem with the SEO? There was so many questions, so few answers. But Journoportfolio gave the answer I needed.


Journoportfolio has an option to upload your articles from other pages, using the url, and without causing any problem. You also can share PDFs, images, videos, anything you want. And the best part is that you don’t have to deal with finding a good design, because it is actually good, and most important: practical. Just choice your favorite color palette!


This website is the salvation for any writer, especially for those that have a constant technology feud. So, if you’re one of them, do it, do it now, it really won’t take too much of your time.


And please, don’t lose your job offers for a silly thing like me.

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