After reading this chapter, I am reminded of the many components that go into making a successful rhetorical situation. Authors need to keep these in mind as they write: what audience the piece is intended for, the purpose of the piece, how the design reflects this purpose, and any genre conventions that may be relevant. Before reading this chapter, I have only been thinking about this in regards to my re-purposing and remediating projects. However, I now realize that in order for my ePortfolio to be cohesive and purposeful, I need to structure it around a rhetorical situation that I still need to think about.
When I think about my ePortfolio as its “own complete composition,” I think about how each piece I upload to my website needs to contribute to a bigger picture I am trying to get across. So far, the pieces that I am going to put up on my ePortfolio strongly convey my values, since they are about the reasons the special place I go with my family every summer is so special. However, as I go forward with adding artifacts (like we talked about in class today), and the “Why I Write” composition, I need to think about how all these parts are going to fit together to create something greater.
This reading also made me think about how it will be important to include my rough cuts for each project. I think that explaining the differences between my rough drafts and final drafts will further the arguments I am making in each piece, and why I made the choices I did. This can also contribute to the overall rhetorical situation of my ePortfolio.