Clippings.me: a Portfolio Site for Writers, Freelancers and Journalists

I recently found a portfolio website that I think is an excellent option for writers and freelancers–especially journalists. (All opinions are my own.) My Clippings.me page can be found at https://www.clippings.me/eleonor.

As a writer, I’ve experienced pain trying to build an online presence to share my work. It became time consuming to scan and lay-up (in InDesign) every article I got published, especially when the frequency in which my articles ran became a few times a week. A full-time job, personal responsibilites, friends, family, freelance projects, etc. didn’t make it easier. Before I knew it, I had boxes full of print publications I promised to get to, knowing that I never would. An alternative to portfolio building this way is creating a list and hyperlinking to where the article is published online, but the result is a boring-looking list. You can also export articles directly to PDF from the website and just upload them to a site but the result is having to use your data (most, if not all, websites have a GB limit these days) and users looking at a clunky layout. There are several options for getting all of your work in a digital, shareable space, some easier than others, but count on ongoing maintenance with pros and cons.

If you’ve fallen in a similar situation, I suggest considering populating all of your articles onto one space using Clippings.me. It’s super easy to use, quick and the layout is clean and attractive. There’s a field (after you sign up) you can copy/paste links into and the website will add it to your collection. You can also upload PDF files. Below is a screenshot of my working Clippings.me page to give you an idea of what it looks like. There’s a header where you can add personal information and links, followed by a grid layout for articles/projects.

There are plenty of other website options out there (I use WordPress, have used Strikingly, Carbonmade, Pressfolios, Weebly, Wix and have heard of Muck Rack, Contently, and JournoPortfolio) but for the moment, I’m quite content using Clippings.me for its appearance and easiness. Whether it’s a long-term solution for me is yet to be known.

There’s a Free (10 article limit), Professional Monthly ($9/mo), and Professional Annual ($99/year). The Free version isn’t bad at all. Sure, Clippings.me keeps their branding on the Free version, you can’t upload a resume, the article limit is constricting, and you don’t get some advanced customization options but if you’re just looking for a nice, convenient, and quick way to get your work together, it’ll work. I guess it all depends on what you need from it. Because my WordPress serves as my main website and I have a LinkedIn as a makeshift, digital resume, a Clippings.me page is a nice complement to those.

-E