That being said, I am learning a lot stumbling through HTML and CSS, referencing guides online and playing around with what works and what doesn’t. Thankfully, there resources online which prevent you from having to “recreate the wheel.” This means that there are already design layouts that you can incorporate into your CSS, so the formatting doesn’t all have to be done by hand. The cool thing is that they are completely customizable, and you can change whichever part you see fit. So far I haven’t been using one yet, but I think it’s high time I start.
I think the main reason I chose to build my e-portfolio from scratch was because I wanted a minimalist, super-easy-to-navigate site. Also for some reason I wanted to avoid drop-down menus, I think because I wanted all parts of my portfolio to be seen at once, like in a table of contents format. There is something I find inviting about a really straightforward layout; it seems honest and upfront. And it makes sense, because those qualities are a big part of what I want to communicate through the writing that I will be showcasing.