I know I should marvel most at the writing, at the accomplishment, at the hard work of the e-portfolio blogs, but to tell the truth, what truly impressed me was how some blogs managed to combine their words with visuals. They didn’t look like the chunky and plain web pages I imagined. Many of them are beautiful and professional. Tell the truth, if, without knowing it was for a class, you’d seen this:
Would you think it was for a class? Click on the picture if you want to go to the E-portfolio and see more. What I truly want to know is where they got there pictures like this one (which you can also click and be led to the original blog):
Excuse me, there is a point to my gushing over things that ostensibly have nothing to do with writing. Why I am so impressed with much of their work manage to fuse the purpose of the portfolio with the appearance of it; function infused with form, form infused with function. Blogging and e-portfolios allows for regular people, not just magazines and yearbooks, to have the physical appearance of what you read reflect something about what you’re reading. The picture above reflects the passion and drive the e-portfolio compiler had throughout her essays. Of course, all writing should (to the extent it’s save to use words like “all” and “should”) reflect physically its purpose, if in no other way than in its length. Now there are things that take this too a little too far:
However, if you think about it the whole concept of writing a paper is connected with this. Whenever you hit enter and tab to create a paragraph you’re physically differentiating it because of a change in content.
Enough about the pretty pictures and the formats though, ultimately it’s all about the word (mostly). The words were the content, the most important part or to use food metaphors, the pictures blog design is the frosting and the shape of the cake, and the essays and info are the cake and filling. Each blog was unique because it is reflected the interests of the writer and every essay justified the existence of the pretty websites. There is substance; whether about the general topic of “Why I Write”, political activism, fiction pieces, and other work for classes. Moreover there is ownership; each writer did more than put their name on the top of the page, they did about me pages. There’s a lot of talk about how the internet can be a haven for anonymity that allows people to get up to no good but these e-portfolios show that in some ways, when you make a website, fill it with your words, put yourself out there, you can be known as an individual and have a positive impact.