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Portfolios on WordPress.com

Mel Choyce:

My coworkers have been working hard to create a new Portfolios content type on WordPress.com. They’ve launched it today, along with two new gorgeous, free portfolio themes!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Creating a beautiful portfolio just got much easier: we’re delighted to introduce you to the new  Portfolio Content Type .

Portfolio Content Type


Once enabled on your site, your dashboard gains a brand new “Portfolio” section, where you’ll be able to manage all your portfolio projects in one place, separate from your posts and pages. You can categorize and tag your projects in a way that doesn’t overlap with your blog posts. Better yet, you won’t lose your projects and won’t need to reorganize your content everytime you switch themes. And best of all, the feature is free.

Starting a portfolio is as easy as checking an option in your dashboard. We’ve got a step by step guide with all the details for you.

But wait! Before you rush off to populate all of your portfolio projects and share them with the world, we have one more announcement that will really make your visual Portfolio shine… two new free…

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Longreads Joins the Automattic Family

Mel Choyce:

Welcome, Longreads team!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Today we’re excited to announce that we are acquiring Longreads , the pioneering service that helps readers find and share the best longform storytelling around the world, for reading on mobile devices.

Over the last five years, Longreads and its community have created a new ecosystem for readers to find great in-depth stories, and for writers and publishers to distribute their best work over 1,500 words. Longreads will continue to do what it does best — recommending stories from across the Internet — and we are excited to have them join the WordPress.com team and continue in their commitment to serving readers.

Mobile reading and the appetite for longform content

As consumption has moved to mobile devices, there has been a growing hunger for longform content: phones and tablets are perfect for enjoying in-depth articles, and there are more moments than ever for readers to dig into a story —…

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“You keep using that word”

McConlogue discovers what we imagine Southerland and his ilk already know: the real meritocracy isn’t one in which every person is judged equally, and any privileges or systemic disadvantages are swept out of the way. The meritocracy we have is one in which the illusion of merit is used to justify the neglect of those less fortunate. That meritocracy is deployed not in order to give everyone an equal opportunity to achieve, but to defend the preexisting structures of power.

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Reblog: Participants In My Blogging Challenge

Mel Choyce:

A bunch of my friends and coworkers are doing an April blogging challenge. Please take a look and follow them! :)

Originally posted on BinarySmash:

When I announced my blogging challenge I said I would highlight everyone that joined in a post. Here is that list :). This includes my coworkers even though I’m doing a separate challenge for them.

If you are missing from the list just leave a comment and I’ll get you added. Sorry about that! Make sure you get added so you are eligible for prizes at the end of the month :).

If you missed this month I plan on doing this again in the future.

I recommend checking out each and every blog when you have time. Each one of these people are fantastic.

  • Bariatric Beginnings. Jessica Dickey’s personal weight loss surgery journey to a healthier and happier life
  • a fiend of awesome. Jackie Dana writing about writing and her experiences with NaNoWriMo.
  • Karen Alma. Personal blog of Karen Alma, Happiness Engineer at Automattic.
  • Richardmtl

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Smile: Our New Emoticons Have Arrived!

Mel Choyce:

New smilies on WordPress.com!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Fan of smileys? :) We are. That’s why we just redesigned them to be cleaner, simpler, bigger, more expressive, and modern.

;) :D

These new smileys are actually vector graphics, so they’ll stay crisp if you zoom in on your page. They’ll also stay sharp on high-resolution mobile displays.

8-) :star:

To find out how to use an emoticon appearing in this post, just hover over it and you’ll see which characters produce it. We’re working on expanding our collection, so stay tuned for more smiley fun.

XD >:D :( :’( :| :/ :o :P >:( O_o ^^’ <3

If you’re not a fan of smileys, that’s okay! You can always turn them off and on in your dasbhoard under Settings  Writing. We hope you’ll have fun with these. Smile!

Bonus: We also created a few secret emoticons for you to discover. Good luck finding them! ;)


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A Feminist Mix for International Women’s Day

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

This past Saturday was International Women’s Day , a day to inspire girls and celebrate women’s achievements and, in many countries, an official holiday.

There are many fascinating feminists using WordPress.com to share thoughts on sex, gender, and equality — here are a few of our quirky favorites.

Nursing Clio

On the collaborative blog Nursing Clio — named for Clio, the muse of history — a cast of writers explores issues of gender and medicine, focusing on the ways medicine has historically been used to reinforce sex and gender inequality.

nursing clio

Depending on the day, you might read a dissection of a 1968 Disney-produced film on birth control, an analysis of why women’s ski jumping wasn’t allowed in the Olympics until the Sochi games this year, or an exploration of environmental factors linked to intersex babies.

We also enjoy their tagline, “Because the personal is historical” — a…

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