Writing Portfolio Survey Results

I promised you the results of my writing portfolio survey. While they can’t claim to be exhaustive, the stats reveal that:

Writing portfolio questions

  • 40% of respondents update when they remember
  • 25% every time they get a new clip
  • 15% at least once a month
  • 5% at least once a week

Writing Portfolio – Your Comments

Interestingly 10% of those who responded don’t have a writing portfolio and 5% never update it. That surprised me, and I’d have been interested to know why. I think it’s always useful to have some examples of your work handy to show prospective clients.

Some people took the time to comment. As well as the person who updates when there’s a “particularly good piece” and the one who keeps a portfolio on the desktop, responses included:

  • I look when I have something new – but I don’t update every time & I can’t say I do it weekly, monthly or whatever.
  • I try to do it every time I get a new clip. It doesn’t always happen. But I do make sure it’s updated before I send it out.
  • When I am proud of the article I just published and I want to brag about the topic, publication or my writing I put a link on my website to the piece. If not, I don’t bother.
  • It has been a very long time! So embarrassing.
  • “When I need to” would be a better answer for me – new clips, new marketing msg… etc.
  • I average a portfolio update perhaps 3 or 4 times a year.
  • Mostly I write website copy. So whenever a site I’ve written goes live, I add the link to my online portfolio. It only takes a second, and I know prospective clients do check out my work.

My answers

My answer to the question would be that I aim to update my client-focused site at least once a month, though I share posts via social media as they go live. I also update my Contently profile at least a couple of times each week.

About Sharon Hurley Hall

Sharon Hurley Hall has been mentoring writers here at Get Paid To Write Online since 2005 to help them improve and build sustainable and successful writing careers. Check me out on sharonhh.com. Feel free to connect with me online on Google+.


  1. Sharon, did any admit to not having a portfolio site?

  2. Thanks for the reminder. Just guest-blogged over at Blogging
    Bout Boys today and need to add it!

  3. Ronn Jerard says:

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