My thoughts about my portfolio are kind of two-fold at the moment – I’m in the process of coding (well, okay, I use that term loosely, HTML/CSS is a lot of cutting and pasting and manipulating existing templates and fun stuff like that) the basics of my portfolio and at the same time trying to develop an overall argument about my identity as a writer. Lots on my mind.
The first part is going pretty well, though! Aside from the scrolly thingy I so excitedly figured out in class on Tuesday, I’m making progress in setting up the overall navigation and trying not to worry about details like the color behind my drop down menu (though it’s taking a lot of restraint not to nitpick every detail). The projects in my classes normally require so much accuracy and precision that the ability to do whatever I want is so, so nice, and creating this portfolio really doesn’t feel like work at all. I mean, okay…it’s a little work. But the good kind.
On the more rhetorical side, I’ve been thinking more and more lately about my goals for the portfolio and the minor in general. My Why I Write essay centered around the idea of writing as an ongoing process towards honesty, and I think I want my portfolio to somehow reflect that general idea. I’m still deciding between a few essays to include, but I know I want to show a mix of different styles – I like the fact that in writing, we can convey a sense of roundness and different dimensions in people, and I think the portfolio as a composition could almost do the same for me. Plus I think the idea of writing turning something intangible (i.e. our feelings) into something tangible (words turning to a feeling in someone else based on something you wrote) is pretty amazing and I guess the portfolio in a weird way, turning all this code into something tangible, does that too.
My files are all in a separate private folder and are kind of painful to transfer when I’m not on a UMich computer 🙁 but in due time my cool scrolly thingy will be on the big fat Internet for everyone to see. Yikes.