Lately, I’ve been thinking about what I hope to get out of the Writing Minor and the writing classes I take over the next couple semesters. Knowing how to write persuasively, efficiently, and coherently is extremely important in today’s society. Any future career-oriented ambitions I have involving writing will be about the substance and quality of my work, not the design. Therefore, I want to gear my focus towards the substance of my portfolio as opposed to the layout. I’m going to use a simple layout on WordPress and I’ll include pictures, but I won’t be including audio or video elements.
The theme of my ePortfolio will be showing the parallels of my development through college and adulthood with my development through writing. Therefore, the pieces I select will be placed in chronological order to show my improvement as del as development from writing strict academic essays on literature to writing for a political and emotional purpose. Looking back at my past writing, my current writing is much more personal and mature. I believe writing reflects one’s development through life, so I am curious to analyze this development in my own pieces. I’ll include self-reflective text interspersed with pieces I’ve already turned in to show my perspective on the piece’s place in my development through college.
As I said before, writing is going to be my main focus. I am not going into a field that requires expertise on designing websites or creatively laying out writing. Any writing I do in the future will have be persuasive, well-written, and will probably present research findings in an academic manner. I see the importance of being up to date with technology and understanding how to create a website or a blog. However, I don’t want to spend too much time on the technological aspect of my portfolio, which is why I am choosing to use wordpress.
I’m not entirely sure yet who the intended audience is for my portfolio. I think it would include future employers, friends, family, other students, and teachers. Most importantly, I want this portfolio to reflect my personality and I want to use this opportunity to make sense of my own writing style. I will describe my writing process as it has changed since I started college to show the reader the development I have made over the last couple years.