The Blogging Portfolio is a chance for you to revisit your DIG 340 blog and notice what you notice when you write about our class and your work, and a chance to reflect upon the trends and preoccupations of your own writing. Before you begin working on the portfolio, take the time to re-read all of your posts and the comments. Underline, highlight, annotate, and take notes on things that jump out at you, surprise you, or even embarrass you.
Your portfolio will include four components: a (1) descriptive, (2) analytical, and (3) reflective account of what you find in your blog, and (4) several excerpts from your blog with added comments. These four components should total about 1,200-1,500 words. In composing and putting together your reflection, make sure you address the kinds of questions listed under each heading below:
- Description. The purpose of the description is to walk me through your blog in general terms. That means your description should answer questions such as the following: How many entries have you written? How do you organize the entries or set them apart from each other? What is their average length? How many are long or short or in between? Do you tend to include images or other forms of media? What are the comments like?
- Analysis. In this section of your portfolio you should discuss the content of your entries, answering questions such as (but not limited to) the following: How do your posts measure up to the criteria we defined earlier in the semester (readable, thought-provoking, connected, and progressive)? What do you usually write about in your blog? Are there broad themes or specific concerns that reoccur in your blog? What elements of our class or your work do you tend to comment on? How have your blog entries changed (if they have) over the the course of the semester? What changes do you notice in length, topics, language, and so on? What might account for these changes? Where there certain posts that generated more comments, and why? What else do you notice about your blog? Refer to specific entries as examples. Feel free to quote briefly from your entries as needed.
- Reflection. Think about what your blog entries amount to. Do you find any worthwhile writing in your blog? What surprised you as you reread your work? What ideas or threads in your posts do you see as worth revisiting? What else do you notice? What aspects of the weekly blogging do you value most, and how does it show up in your entries?
- Excerpts. Select three excerpts from your blog. These excerpts are not full entries; each excerpt might only be a sentence or two taken from a longer entry. At most, the excerpt shouldn’t be longer than a paragraph. These three excerpts need not be your “best” work, but rather they represent three really interesting moments in your journal. For each excerpt include the date of the original entry and then explain what makes them interesting to you. Maybe because it’s an example of a terrific insight you make, or maybe it’s because you totally get something wrong. Or maybe it’s because rereading the entry your disagree with your former self. There are countless ways an entry might be interesting. Explore these ways.
The portfolio is due via Moodle by 10am on Wednesday, April 29.