This project has been eye-opening for me to this point. After day 2 when we were learning about the project I was pretty nervous, but I had no freaking idea what we were even supposed to do. But over time, and probably thanks to good pacing in class, we have learned about each different aspect of the project, tried our hand at a few, and ultimately saw how they will fuse into the final project. This combined with looking at strong examples and friends past E-portfolios has helped me to understand what I need to do. I guess this was eye opening to me because I thought, as I have experienced with almost all previous classes, we would be told exactly what to do with a very detailed project sheet. Instead, we were shown and taught what an E-portfolio is and what goes into it, and then given a chance to really go anywhere from there. So I certainly enjoyed this because it allows me to talk about sports. Something so important to who I am, but I almost never get to explore through writing in school.
So far my project has gone well. It was a little daunting picking the piece of writing I am going to use for the entire semester, but I think I made a good choice. So far, I have begun writing or outlining my piece. Right now what I think I need most is just some time dedicated to just writing and getting all my crazy and scrambled thoughts on paper soon I can soon start to craft the shitiest first draft. This is one of my favorite parts of writing, especially compared to later stages of the process where I feel sometimes I am cutting more than I am adding. So far I have luckily not encountered any roadblocks, but I am sure there are many to come. I kind of like roadblocks actually because I feel like they are what make your paper. I think it plays on the idea that writing is an ongoing process where the views you have when you start writing can change and evolve.
The one concern I do have is writing in a genre I have never written before. Sports journalism usually consists of short segments (not sure if this is the right word) instead of paragraphs. Some can be as short as a single sentence. While this makes for great flow within the piece, I am a little worried because I feel like I have only ever written in paragraphs for class. You know, topic sentence, introduce the evidence, evidence, analysis and all that jazz. I also have been known in the past to write longish paragraphs which will not work for this genre. Because of that, this is the genre convention, and part of the project that I am most worried about.