Wow. After reading through some of the portfolios from the fall cohort, I am left completely speechless. I have never been an avid blogger, or for that matter writer, so the thought of creating a portfolio as polished and put together as those I have seen seems quite overwhelming. Although I look forward to seeing where this projects takes me, and where it ends up, in all honesty, it seems pretty unattainable as of this moment.
I’d have to say the thing that surprised me the most was variety of writing I saw in the portfolios. It appears as though we are able to include any piece of writing in our portfolio that we choose, which I think will be challenging, yet expressive of our own unique personalities and styles outside of this particular course. Although we haven’t done a ton of writing for this course as of yet, the writing we have done, specifically the “why I write” piece will be very helpful, and more or less the foundation for when we create our portfolios.
However, I definitely think that I am worried about the process of creating the online portfolio more so than the assembly of the actual content. I am not a tech savvy person, so the idea of creating a webpage with pictures and drop-down menus seems pretty much impossible. Just the other day in class, Joey and Sal had to teach me how to rotate a PDF file on my computer so I could read it without turning my computed sideways. Like I said, technologically challenged. On an average day, my relationship with technology usually ends in the same manor as the scene in office space with the fax machine. If you haven’t seen this movie, you should (I would link the full clip, however the language is rather vulgar, so if you’re interested, check it out for yourself!). That being said, I think the portfolio will be a great way for me to explore new horizons in the field of technology…perhaps with a little help from a friend!
In terms of the actual content in the portfolio, I am slightly concerned about showcasing my rough drafts. I am a bit self-conscious about my writing, and I know that my first draft, second draft, third draft etc. are simply not good. Thus, I feel as though having others read these pieces is not an accurate reflector of my writing capabilities. However, I know that drafts are an important part of the writing process and it may be interesting for readers to see how certain pieces of writing developed from start to finish. Realizing how much work I will need to put into this portfolio has been an extremely important part of this blog assignment, because I think I severely underestimated the amount of time it is going to take. So, I guess I better get started!