First and foremost, this whole process is a little overwhelming. Never before have I attempted an online creation such as this one. I know my learning curve will be a steep one…
To start, who do I want my audience to be? I really like the idea of having a professional feel to the ePort. But on the other hand, I don’t think that that’s as fun and, at the present moment, as soon as I’m done with undergrad I’m outta here…I’m not planning on any sort of grad school (at least not for many years…), so I don’t know if I would really show off my ePort to anyone other than this class/interested friends. So, to make a long story short, I think that I have come to the conclusion that the audience of my ePort will be just that…myself, this class, and fellow students. I want to be able to express myself creatively rather than worry about a professional image.
When I was younger, I did a lot of scrap booking with my mom. Whenever we traveled in Europe we would scrapbook the pictures that we took and record our trips. I love designing by hand, whether it be unique handwriting, the layout of pictures, or picking the right colors to complement a theme. I’m hoping to be able to incorporate some of these elements into the layout of my ePort!
I want my layout to be simple for readers to follow (maybe taking a cue from Steve Jobs’ push for simplicity in every aspect of his life…have any of you read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson?). I think that it is easy to become lost in a website and not know how to navigate around efficiently, so I hope to master Word Press enough that this will not be a problem on my page!
One of the other things I’m stuck on is what I want the theme of my ePort to be. Should the theme be related to writing or something broader about my life?? Any thoughts? How are other people approaching the question of a theme for your ePort?