5 Ways to Use Your Blog as Your Online Work Portfolio

Joshua Lockhart 06-06-2012

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Today, we’ve got a few ways to help you rethink the possibility of using your personal blog as your portfolio. Granted, even with a blog, you could get an equal amount of zip-zaps and ding-dongs, but personally, I believe a blog is easier to set up than a full site. With that said, I’m sure many of you would agree.

Keep Your Work Updated

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One of the reasons I like the blog 4 Ways to Make Your Blog Pay Real Money Writing a popular blog, getting famous, and then living off the Internet from a desert island beach are faily common dreams for many aspiring bloggers. With the advent of content management systems such as Wordpress... Read More format is because it is presented in a chronological order. Potential clients can scour through your work on an online portfolio blog and see it in parts rather than as a whole, and effectively, it gives them some kind of sequence to pick through.

Furthermore, this could be suitable depending on what season it is. Holiday-themed projects will be in the most current slots, yet other non-seasonal projects can be mixed in with others. Furthermore, you can keep a blog page listing your top projects to be used as a “best of” portfolio.

Post BTS Photos

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Although I’m not good about doing this (but I’m working on it), it’s nice to take behind-the-scenes photos. This gives a little more insight as to what you do and how you do it. Granted, this might not be great for something like digital graphic design, but it would be perfect for physical design, photo sessions, and videography.

I believe it adds just a little more content to your site, and since people like details, this should be enough.

Make It Personal

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One of the great things about blogs is the ability to tell a story. Unlike other portfolio sites, with a blog, you have the ability to list everything that went into a project. So go ahead and write about how the computer went haywire while editing the photo. Talk about how the batteries were dying on your camera and you were halfway through the photo session.


This adds another level of personality to your work that potential clients wouldn’t get otherwise, and when not posting your work, you can write about your other adventures Download & Read Classic Comic Books Using Comic Books Archive & ComicRack As a kid, I burned through a lot of hobbies and phases. There was the NES, pogs, trading cards, and I was huge on comic books. I still have them all, stored away in plastic... Read More , allowing them to get to know you.

Explain “The Making Of”

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Sometimes, people thoroughly enjoy being explained to how a project The 10 Best Open Source Projects You Should Be Volunteering To Help With You don't have to be a programmer. You could be a writer, a designer, a translator, just a Facebook or Twitter junkie, or someone who wants to just donate money for the cause. There are... Read More was made (even if they may not fully understand all the steps taken). After spending some time keeping the blog personal, you can switch over to details of how you made your work.

I would recommend providing tech specs of the tools used, applications used, and even the turnaround. If you feel like it’s appropriate, you could even provide details of the initial meeting with your client in which discussion of the project took place.


Use Comments As Your Testimonials

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Comments, oh, comments Practice Your Foreign Language Pronunciation With Listen & Speak [Android 2.1+] In our globalizing world, the ability to speak more than one language is one of the best things you can have. Whether your second language is English, Spanish, Chinese, German, Russian, Japanese, or anything else... Read More . Although this could potentially backfire, allowing comments on your blog posts could be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Simply put, this can allow your client a window to write what they think about their final project, and beyond that, it could give an opportunity for others to write awesome things about you.

But then again….you may have a past crazy client who would do the same thing. Granted, you could moderate your comments, but what if your grandmother swings by and says “Great job, honey! SO PROUD!” 

If you delete that, do you just lack a heart?



Many of you may already be using your blog as your portfolio, and if so, I would love some links. However, if you aren’t, you should go ahead and give it a shot!

What tips do you have for using your blog as a portfolio? What kind of work do you do?

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  1. Education website design
    October 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    An easy way to generate more traffic to your blog is by adding portfolio to it. It is very true that creating a successful portfolio for blog requires a lot of efforts.

  2. Truefire_
    June 13, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Thanks, I'm revising my page, and I'll use this!

  3. Julie
    June 11, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    I think a personal blog is far more useful and controllable than community websites. With the time and effort people put in to facebook they could have a well crafted resource they owned and can use instead. These are great ideas - but will people go for them? My experience is they think its too hard while facebook is easy. The other thing to be careful is to keep one area neutral if you are going to show employers.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      June 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

      Which area would you keep neutral?