What reading experience do you want your audience to have, both of the portfolio as a whole (i.e., the navigation and layout) and of the particular artifacts you include (i.e., examples of your writing and other materials you choose to post
The very first thing I want the readers of my e-portfolio to experience is to feel guided. To me, I truly enjoy a website, blog, or composition when I feel that I am being taken along for a ride. It’s essentially a metaphorical train ride. I want my readers feel as if they are taking a train ride from the introduction of “Why I Write” into the very last artifact that I include.
Also, I want the layout to appear seamless so that finding what is necessary is extremely easy. If a reader wants to find a piece of writing that I created my freshman, I want it to be simply to find that. If a reader wants to learn more about me personally, I also want that to be accessible.
In addition, the e-portfolio needs to appear professional. I envision simple, clear cut lines and a clean template. I want employers to look at the e-portfolio and see the professionalism of the e-portfolio to equate to my potential as an employee. On that same note, this means that I need to be extra careful about what artifacts I include in my e-portfolio. Herein lies the difficult part. I have a difficult time discerning what writing pieces would be deemed as appropriate for professional purposes and which would be better left in the academic sphere.
Do you want your portfolio to be organized around a guiding theme or metaphor or thesis? Do you want subthemes or subsections? How explicit do you want the theme or metaphor or thesis to be? Why?
Since I want to make my e-portfolio a major guided experience for the reader, the best way to do this is to organize it around a guiding theme or thesis. But…what exactly could this be? I don’t have a major amount of writings but for the ones that I do, they’re quite random. For example, I have essays on exoneration to essays on a conflict between Taiwan and China. So then, how can I possibly create a connecting theme or thesis?
The more frustrating part is that I want this e-portfolio to be made available to potential employers, and I’m currently looking at internships relating to economics. NONE of my essays that I’ve written in the past have any relation to economics whatsoever. Therefore, how can I make my essays on all sorts of unrelated topics appeal to my potential employers? Once I can finally find a connecting theme that somehow draws in all of my compositions into economics or public policy, then I’ll be golden. But at the moment, I think I still have a lot of brainstorming to do to find that very thesis.