We love stats. They’re how we know people are seeing and enjoying our stories. That’s why we recently added view and enjoy counts to stories for all members. Have you seen yours yet? Just check your Profile page.

But we wanted to do more for our paying subscribers. So we thought about the kinds of information that we’d want for our own stories, and we came up with Statistics for Subscribers.

On the new Statistics page, you can see a graph of all the traffic to your profile and stories over time. You can also see the top referral links to your pages, so you can figure out where people are coming from. And you can see how many views and enjoys all your stores have in one place.

The page shows your top ten stories sorted by hotness, which is a secret recipe we developed to find out what was hot on Exposure. Hotness takes views, enjoys, and time into account. Of course, if you’d prefer to sort your stories by views or enjoys, you can do that, too. Each story will show the top referral links to it, as well as a badge if it’s been featured.

This new Statistics page is available only to our paying subscribers. To get your advanced stats, subscribe today for as little as $5/month.

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If you’ve published a story or two on Exposure, check your profile page for something new: stats! We now show you the number of views and enjoys your stories have collected right on the page.

STATISTICS

Don’t worry, only you can see your stats. And, of course, if you want to see those numbers go up, use the handy “Promote” link to tell your friends about your story.

Take a Look

Eagle-eyed members may have noticed already, but we have updated the Exposure homepage. Now the page is a little different for everybody.

If you’re a new member, the page gives you a warm welcome, along with tips on how to use Exposure. If you’ve got a draft story in process, the page will show you that, so you can easily get back to working on it. And if you’ve published a few stories, the page will show you them, along with new stats on how many times each story has been viewed and enjoyed.

Stats has been a huge request for a while now and we understand why – once you’ve published a story you want to know that people are seeing it. We’re working on a larger stats project, so stay tuned for that, but we wanted to give you a bit of information on the homepage now. If you want to see those numbers go up, we’ve also included a way to promote your stories right from the homepage. Just hit that “Promote” button!

To see your new custom homepage, just head over to exposure.co (make sure you’re signed in).

Take a look

We made this awesome Dark Theme available initially only to subscribers, but now we’ve decided to make it available to everyone. 

This theme looks particularly striking in stories with high-contrast images, moody nighttime lighting, or even as a complement to black and white photography. 

Check out some of the fine examples from Cinema MercantileDaniel Agee, and Chris Harrison

To enable the new theme for your story, click Edit Post > Options and check the “Dark Theme” box. Your post will be updated and saved instantly. 

And as always, we love receiving feedback, in particular which editor features you’d like to see in the near future. Email hello@exposure.co and let us know.

Try the Dark Theme now

We Want You in the Subscriber Spotlight

Exposure subscribers are some of the most impressive people we know, and our goal is always to get them the exposure they deserve. So we’ve added new section on our homepage: the Subscriber Spotlight, which displays a featured subscriber and three of their stories.

Want to appear in the Subscriber Spotlight? We want that, too! Here’s how to get there.

1. Complete your profile. We like to see your faces and read your bios.

2. Post a great story. Great Exposure posts include lots of photos, of course, but they also take the time to tell a story. Add some text! Tell us what it was like to be there. Need some examples? Just check out all these amazing stories.

3. Do that two more times. In order to qualify for the Subscriber Spotlight, you must have at least three stories.

4. Become a subscriber. Like the name says, the Subscriber Spotlight is just for subscribers. You can become a subscriber for just $5/month. And it comes with all kinds of goodies, too, like password-protected posts, custom domain support, extra profile customization, RSS, and more.

We hope to see your smiling face on our homepage, and that the Subscriber Spotlight helps you discover all the amazing people in the Exposure community.

Thanks for being part of it.

Come See The Subscriber Spotlight

Announcing Video in Stories

You can now add video to your stories! We now support embedding videos from Vimeo and YouTube. This new feature is available to all members as of today.

This has been a longstanding community request, and to be honest, we resisted it for a while. There’s something special about just the right moment, frozen in time. But any modern digital camera can create video as easily as a photograph, and the difference between the two gets blurrier every day.

We want to empower you to tell your stories using whatever tools you think communicate those stories best. We’ll do everything we can to make your stories look beautiful on all devices, and to bring a bit of exposure to them.

To give it a try, just look for the “EMBED VIDEO” button in the story editor at the bottom, right. You’ll need to have a video uploaded to Vimeo or YouTube. Just enter the video page’s URL and click the “EMBED” button and we’ll do the rest.

Check out some of the first stories to add video:

If you have any questions or comments, we always love hearing from you. Just email hello@exposure.co. And as always, thanks for being a part of Exposure. 

Create a post and give it a try

We recently sent a survey asking which features our subscribers would like to see next. Additional post customization was a common request, so we’re starting out with the introduction of a Dark Theme for your stories.

This theme looks particularly striking in stories with high-contrast images, moody nighttime lighting, or even as a complement to black and white photography. 

Check out some of the fine examples from Kyle Frost, Ian Suarez and Cinema Mercantile.

To enable the new theme for your story, click Edit Post > Options and check the “Dark Theme” box. Your post will be updated and saved instantly. 

This new feature, along with many more to come, is available to PRO and PLUS subscribers only. So if you want to use it, and you haven’t subscribed yet, upgrade now!

And as always, we love receiving feedback, in particular which editor features you’d like to see in the near future. Email hello@exposure.co and let us know.

Try the Dark Theme now

A Great New Way to Discover Exposure Stories

There’s so much amazing work posted to Exposure every day, it’s easy to miss. So we’ve been working on a bunch of new features designed to bring more, well, exposure to Exposure. The first is launching today: Categories.

Starting now, Exposure members can categorize their stories. We’ve come up with an initial set of categories, from Adventure to Weird and everything in between. We’ll be adding more in the future. (Got a suggestion? Let us know!) To see them all, visit the new Categories section.

Each category gets its own beautiful page, with a featured post right up top. The page defaults to a curated view showing stories handpicked by our team, but you can also view all recent stories. We hope these pages will both reward members for their hard work, as well as inspire you to create beautiful new photo stories of your own.

Exposure members with a free account can add each of their stories to a single category. Subscribers will be able to add each of their stories to up to three categories. The extra couple are another way for us to say thanks for being a subscriber.

Our goal with categories is to make Exposure a better place for story readers as well as storytellers. We really hope you like it.

Explore Categories

New Exposure Community Guidelines

Ever since we launched in December, 2013, we’ve relied on our members’ good manners and common sense to use Exposure appropriately, and you’ve never disappointed us. But now we’re working on some new community features, and we thought it would be a good time to codify exactly what Exposure is for and how it should be used. So we’ve created these Community Guidelines.

A good set of Community Guidelines isn’t just a bunch of rules, it’s a chance for us to make our intentions more clear. They also give us the opportunity to verbalize our commitment to you: We promise to treat all members fairly, communicate our policies clearly, and support everyone to the best of our ability. We hope you know how important you are to us, and how glad we are that you’re here.

One issue that always comes up in any image-sharing service is nudity: some people are more comfortable with it than others. So our Community Guidelines contain a special section about it. Basically, we respect the rich history of nudes in art, but have a few simple requests to make sure nobody’s surprised in a bad way.

We think these Community Guidelines will help set a good foundation for us as we grow. If you have any questions or comments about them, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

And, as always, thanks for being a part of Exposure. We couldn’t do this without you.

Visit our Community Guidelines

We’re excited to announce we’ve got a shiny new domain! Instead of the previous .so extension, we now reside at Exposure.co. Not to worry, the migration is seamless and old URLs will automatically redirect. 

During the initial launch of Exposure, the .so domain was the shortest and most memorable domain available. As we grew and our members gave us feedback, we knew we would have to find a more professional and widely understood domain. It’s our pleasure to now reside at Exposure.co and to never again have to explain that, yes, we are available outside Somalia.

If you have any questions feel free to email hello@exposure.co and we will be happy to help, as always.