Web Writing

As I’ve been uploading documents to my e-portfolio, I’ve tried to make my papers more like true web writing.

First, I uploaded my resume. I decided to put all text straight on the webpage. I was also able to input links to the companies I’ve worked at, some of the work I have completed, and a photo of myself. I’ve worked at a lot of small companies, so I like that my online resume makes it easy for a reader/prospective employer to understand my previous experience.

Then, I started on academic papers. Many of the papers I’ve written are long, so I tried breaking them up into several pages. It was very easy to create new webpages and link all the parts of my paper together. But, I quickly realized that I was going to be using A LOT of webpages, for just a few essays. And for the reader, it would be extremely annoying to see a “Read more” link at the bottom of almost every page, having no concept of when the paper will end.

Web writing has been a challenge, and it’s one I’m still trying to figure out. At first, I wanted to put all my writing directly on webpages and was against using pdf documents, but now I’m thinking pdf’s may be the best way to showcase my work.

Does anyone have any advice? How have you been uploading longer papers to your portfolios?

Web Writing Via HTML Embedding

When we originally viewed old minor in writing e-portfolios one of the first things that instantly stuck out to me were portfolios that forced me to download documents or open up lots of new links and tabs. Yet at the same time, nobody wants to see pages and pages of text pasted right on to a website. So, in order to find some sort of compromise I decided to explore “web writing” by embedding websites and pdfs right on to my site. It’s still a lot of text, but because the original formatting is present I don’t think it’s as overwhelming as an entire essay pasted right on to the site. The first thing I embedded was a PDF of my re-purposing project which is a blog post written for Consider Magazine. I first uploaded it as a link (in Wix – edit text, press link button, and click the document option) which opened it as a PDF in a new internet tab when you click the link. Then I copied this web address and embedded it onto the site (in Wix – add, apps, html, paste address). Viola – my blog post appears perfectly formatted right on the page! Although, I’m guessing there is a more efficient way to do this without going through the first step. I just did it this way because I originally wanted to try out the links so I already had it in that format.

Next up I decided to embed the minor in writing blog onto my site. I wasn’t sure how this would work out because I was afraid it would show up more like a screenshot than an interactive page. Thankfully, I was wrong, and with this same process (click add, apps, html, search for your name, and paste the minor in writing blog address to your work) it’s just like having another website right inside your own! Show’s how little I know about anything html related…

Feel free to check out my site, the two embedded pieces are on the  “Why I Write” page and the “Repurposing/Remediating” page. The site as a whole is obviously still a mess so hopefully you won’t explore too much!

http://goddar05.wix.com/jamie-goddard

 

 

 

Making it Webby

I decided to apply the tech challenge to take a piece of writing and turn it into web writing and apply it to my portfolio–kill two birds with one stone, right?

I have a lot of long pieces that I will be including in my portfolio. Some of which are 15 pages of text in word. Booooring. But, I wanted to include them in a way that would be more than just a blob of text.

Many sites only show the first bit of a story and include links or next buttons that you press to read more. I decided to take on this idea and create multiple pages for a story to be on and hide them from the navigation menu. So at the bottom of a section of text I created a button that says “read more” linking to another page with a section of text. Each story has about three pages, so there aren’t too many but it is broken up pretty well. This is what it looks like:

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I think that this helps out the readability of my pieces on the website a lot and I am looking for more ways to make my writing more “webby”.