I am going to just go right ahead and say it: Oh sweet jesus what have I gotten myself into?
Contrary to the title of this post I am not really drawing any correlations between my portfolio and the Titanic… yet. With that being said, looking at all the posts from last semester and their reactions to creating the incredibly in-depth and extravagant portfolios, my first reaction (and still kinda my reaction) was to pick my jaw up from my keyboard.
So theres that… but, I must say that I am weirdly excited for this endevaor. I know how these types of projects can go, they start out, “oh man I have such a great idea this is gonna be a blast putting it together!” Then it’s two weeks before the deadline and I’m still all, “Oh it’s nearly crunch time, even though I haven’t thought about it too much I’m confident I’ll be fine.” Then it’s 24 hours before the deadline, “WHY WASN”T I JUST DOING THIS LITTLE BY LITTLE ALL SEMESTER LONG?!” And finally, 30 seconds before turning it in, “Welp, I tried.” It’s the kind of project that can form camaraderie across the class and can still be terribly painful.
So aside from my dramatics, I feel like I have said this, and will continue to say it, I am excited for how introspective this e-portfolio/minor will be. I get to take all of my works and dedicate a website to them. I know I will be going through each piece meticulously, looking for a very specific reason to include them and I will find a theme to run along side those works I have selected. From what I have seen, no two blogs are remotely related to each other and every person has their own style, layout, and theme they want to convey to whoever is visiting their site. This evidence of individuality is not only in the portfolios created, but the writing itself. That to me, translate on how personal this assignment can become because of how personal writing itself can be. Over the course of the portfolio, I will literally have no choice but get to know myself as a writer. Which I think can only help me going forward, both as a writer and as a person overall.
This idea of going forward is what I am so excited about. When I am done with this class I will have a very tangible artifact that I can refer to forever (assuming SOPA doesn’t censor it) and I can look back on it with great admiration.
Do I feel overwhelmed? Always. However, I know that the first cohort survived their portfolios, and I am confident that I, and the rest of my cohort, will be able to create spectacular portfolios.