If I had not taken this class, the chances of me searching through a writer’s ePortfolio would be slim to none.

Therefore, I want to at least make it someone interesting and aesthetically appealing for whoever happens to get stuck reading mine!

3 keys to making my ePortfolio tolerable

1. If it is longer than two mouse scrolls of words on one page, it will not be read

An extensive amount of text on a page is a bigger turn off than wearing an OSU tshirt. Just as I will not even acknowledge the existence of anybody who proudly exclaims that they are from Ohio, I will barely glance at excessive words. This led me to complete a #techchallenge.

Because I want to include a full research paper in my ePortfolio to give viewers a diverse selection of work, I formed a slideshow of images for each page instead of simply copying the text onto a page. You can check that out here.

2. Keep it simple.

Nothing is more annoying than 17 colors and 28 fonts on a single webpage. If I go to a website that looks like it just jogged though the Color Run, I will actually refuse to read it. Therefore, I only included three colors and one font on the entirety of my website.

3. Straddle the fine line between professional and entertaining.

To be a successful writer, I believe that you have to stand out and be interesting. Nothing screams “blah” louder than your senior picture next to an about me saying you “hail” from somewhere and are majoring in something other than rocket science.


My ePortfolio is weird. It’s not very appropriate. And it may not even work. However, if it grabs at least one smile, it will be worth it.

Footnotes #TechChallenge2

Many of the pieces I am uploading to my ePortfolio in addition to the ones we’ve done fore this class are academic research-based pieces so my challenge was to incorporate them in a way that wasn’t obnoxiously inconvenient OR in your face. As much as I would love to leave out the footnotes altogether, I don’t really want to be called out on plagiarism… I really like how Margot incorporated hers as a column on the side so I decided to give that a try (thanks for the idea!).


I lined each footnote up with the paragraph it comes from; doing that was a nice way to separate the long list of footnotes and make it easier for the reader to find the footnote they’re looking. I don’t really like the empty space next to the introduction (you can’t see it in the screenshot) because the footnotes don’t start until the second paragraph, but I don’t see how that can be avoided because I want to keep the footnotes in line with their corresponding paragraph. It just looks a little weird because when you first arrive at the page (before you start scrolling), you can’t see the footnotes of the first paragraph so the text just looks like it’s off-center. Not sure if I’m going to leave it like that, but I guess we’ll see when I work on it a bit more this upcoming weekend. I also made the footnotes text smaller than the text of the paper just so that the reader  can see right away that the second column isn’t a continuation of the main text.

I’m going to try this format with the other papers and see if it works well for all of them.

Let me know if you guys like/dislike it or have any suggestions!

The Makings of a Flipbook

For the second tech challenge dealing with true web writing, I decided to look into online flipbooks.  Looking through past gateway portfolios, I always noted the different ways that papers and stories were presented through them — were they copied directly onto the page?  Did they open as a separate pdf file?  Did you have to download the paper you want to read?  The few that I noted with flipbooks directly in the browser were really interesting to look at, and I enjoyed the way that they were easy to read and easily accessible.

To make my own version of this, I basically just googled “online flipbooks,” since C-Tools wouldn’t open for me, and I didn’t know where to start. The website that I used was Flipsnack (, which was really easy to use!  I just created an account, uploaded a PDF file of my essay, and chose the background color.  It was super easy!  Here’s a screenshot of the flipbook, in the browser.

Flipsnack screenshot

The only problem that I ran into was actually linking it to my eportfolio.  I’m using and I couldn’t figure out how to embed the link onto a page in order for the essay to be read.  I tried making a new page, using embedding codes, the plain code that was provided, etc., but I couldn’t figure it out.  Did anyone have success doing this on Wix?  I’d like to see how it looks and possibly use this for my portfolio!

I ended up just saving the new page I made and using a button to externally link to the flipbook on  It’s definitely not how I wanted to publish it, but it’s the best I could do.  But I really enjoyed the easiness and options for creating web writing like flipbooks!  It’s something I might look more into in the future too!