Its very exciting to finally be able to say that my eportfolio is now beginning to come together. Once I decided I would think of employers as the main audience with the potential to use the portfolio for internships, the guiding theme made more sense and it was a matter of working on it. Now with the work I’ve put in the last few weeks, the abstract ideas and sketches now look like something I’ll be able to finish and be happy to show others.
After over thinking how to organize the different pieces, I eventually settled on sections for the minor, other argumentative essays, and then examples of everyday small pieces. A completely unrelated question, but how have people decided on a subtitle? I obviously can’t leave it as “a fine WordPress.com site” but I don’t know what to name it without being cliche or too boring. Anyway, even with these guiding sections I still have spent a lot of time of the menus and the format of each section. It has been hard to include the different components (drafts, author’s notes etc.), while keeping it organized and simple to navigate. The most difficult portion to decide on was for Why I Write, which I chose for the “walkthrough” requirement. When I started working through this section, I knew I wanted to include two drafts with their author’s notes and the copy with comments from Shelley. Initially I put the notes as a sub item of their respective draft, but it felt too cluttered. I’m generally wary of sub items because I don’t like having too many items hidden, and as a reader this type of organization can sometimes make me feel like I’m missing important parts. My current eportfolio has the author’s notes appear before their draft, helping to set up and explain my thinking with each version of the work. What I’m still not sure of is how to include the “final” draft. There are very few edits between the second draft and what will the last, thus I don’t want them to feel redundant. The most recent plan is to put the final draft on the main page and include an author’s note (like the other drafts) to explain the different subitems and how I got to the final piece.
My experiments with the widgets have been confusing, and sometimes successful. I still don’t know the point of most of the widget options, but some of them do make sense to include. I’m most excited by the RSS feed I was able to set up (with the help of Shelley) so it only included my posts on the Sweetland minor blog. After I publish this post, I’m going to immediately check the eportfolio to see if it updated.
There is still a ton of work to be done until I have a finished product, but at least now that endpoint seems feasible. It wouldn’t be honest to say I’ve really enjoyed the process, although there is a great deal of satisfaction when I do get something right.