At first, I didn’t quite latch on to what an E-Portfolio was. At the inaugural Writing Minor meeting, I was a bit confused as to what we put into these portfolios, what we do with them, etc. After perusing a few of my peers’ E-Portfolios, however, I am starting to grasp on to what I am supposed to do. I am also contemplating the benefits of having one going forward.
“I have found a number of rewards in writing despite its exactions. Writing disciplines its practitioners; it forces them to clarify and focus their thinking.” These words are John V. Lindsay’s, Mayor of New York in the ’60s. Although he was full-blown flip-flopper, his commentary on reasons motivating him to become a politician, and what ideas he hoped to
I think writing as a way to establish not only to yourself what you want to do but also to any fellow citizens who may be interested is a good way to use the E-Portfolio. As we have discussed in class, writing is valuable because it lets you take a snapshot of the ideas and goals swirling around in your cranium and parse them out physically. The beauty of the E-Portfolio is that others can partake in this process with you. Especially from a politician-standpoint, making available your thought processes and projects to others seems to be an effective way to interact with others and lay the foundation for future interaction. Whether it be getting a small foot hold with the public or displaying your writing to potential employers, the E-Portfolio can serve as a megaphone for your thinking, not only making it louder, but more concise and concrete.
I examined Dana Narens’s E-Portfolio. She provides a welcoming web page for people to get a better idea of who she is and why she is doing what she’s doing. I skimmed through her “Why I Write” materials, which I am currently working on myself. What I found particularly interesting was her inclusion of past writing for different courses. I am proud of some of the works I have produced in the past, and think including them in my E-Portfolio would be beneficial. I think Dana has produced a solid representation of herself and her goals, all by displaying her writing.
Lindsay said writing gives your thoughts structure . I would add that E-Portfolios give your writing influence.