There are a lot of things I don’t know how to do: I have no idea how to surf, I can’t draw people (although my stick figures are delightful), and I can’t snap my fingers (don’t laugh). But I know that I’m bad at those things. I’ve had a lifetime—well, 20 years of one—to get past it. I only draw stick figures, and I move my fingers in a snappy-like motion if I ever need to be involved in a group snap ritual.
Now I have to create an e-portfolio. I’ve never created my own website, blog, or anything like it. I have no idea what I’m doing, and yet this project will put me on display for the world to see (okay…maybe like twenty people). That’s the scariest part…I don’t have a clue how to make this e-portfolio, and if it sucks there’s no turning back.
Still, the fact that this project is so unknown is exciting. I can do anything I want with my e-portfolio. As I saw in examples from the fall cohort, their portfolios were a representation of the things they are passionate about. Many of them had essays on topics related to their major, while others contained topics it seemed like the authors loved. As I’ve seen through the Writing 200 class so far, writing is an open exercise. Writing prompts that are too strict often lead to misguided writing, as the authors are not able to fully express their ideas. I look forward to having the freedom to create an e-portfolio that is entirely my own, full of things that I’m passionate about.
Writing only crosses into the territory of “good writing” when the author is writing about something they actually care about. This is the kind of writing I want in my e-portfolio.