“How do you want to present yourself as a writer?”
“Who is your ideal audience?”
“How interactive do you want your portfolio to be, and to what end?”
As things currently stand, my answers to these three questions (and, for that matter, virtually all the other e-portfolio prompts) can best be summed up as follows: I have no clue. I have no clue. I have no clue.
It could be because we’re so early in the process that I lack a specific vision for my final product. But I suspect it’s something else. I suspect it’s because this whole concept of the e-portfolio, of a virtual autobiography of my “life” as a writer, is actually quite exciting…so exciting that it can actually be overwhelming. The more I think about it, the more possibilities there are. In effect, there are as many options running through my head as there are prompt questions to which, as yet, I have no idea how to respond.
The one thing I do know about my e-portfolio is that I want it to be aesthetically inspiring. In other words, I want whatever visuals I decide to incorporate–such as in the header, background, pages, and blog posts–to set the tone for the writing that is to follow. In one sense, I wonder if this isn’t almost cheating. I certainly didn’t illuminate the manuscripts of the Middle Ages, nor paint the Mona Lisa of Renaissance, nor sculpt the Ecstasy of St. Teresa of the Baroque Period. And yet just seeing any one of these can evoke an awe and inspiration that my writing alone would not. An extremely talented writer, on the other hand, would probably opt for a more bland portfolio design, confident that this effect could be provoked by his writing itself.
Regardless, I think there’s a lot to the saying that “a picture’s worth a thousand words.” And just because I appreciate a visually-appealing design does not mean that I know how to create one. Overcoming my “technological disabilities” to do so will probably be one of the most challenging parts of this whole e-portfolio process.