For me, a reflection on my ePortfolio is very much a reflection on this entire semester of Writing 220. So what stands out most to me? What should I include in this final blog post? Exigence. Throughout the course of the semester, defining my exigence has become more important to me. Let me explain. At first I thought specifically defining my exigence was unnecessary; I knew where I was going, so why write it down? I didn’t reaaaaaaaaally see the value. While working on my ePortfolio, there came a time when I had to make a decision. The result of this decision, I knew, would effect the entire purpose of my ePortfolio.
The decision? I needed to make a decision about my “about me”. What I had written described me as a person, not as a writer. And the feedback that I had received from my peers was critical. My peers were looking for an “about me” that described who I am as a writer. Originally, I didn’t write this about me because I didn’t feel that it fit the purpose of my ePortfolio, but after receiving the feedback I was confused. Should I write about myself as a writer? Was that something my ePortfolio needed? I thought about this for a long time and couldn’t make a decision. Finally, I decided that maybe I should explore my project proposal to clear my mind. After rereading my proposal, my exigence was clear again. I was reminded of the role that I wanted my ePortfolio to play. And after this, I decided not to take the advice. I decided that my about me should not describe who I am as a write.
To me, my ePortfolio isn’t really for someone to get to know me as a writer. It’s more for someone to get to know me through my writing. Had I not had a clear purpose written in my proposal, I might have taken the feedback. It would have changed the entire frame of my ePortfolio. I’m happy with the decision I made. I’m happy with my “about me.” I’ve learned the importance of defining exigencies, and I plan to apply it across my coursework.