Monday, December 7, 2009

Brainstorming my Reflective Intro

THESIS: Electronic Writing environments are a good fit for my writing style.

- I stray often from standard writing format. Writing in electronic enviroments affords me some leeway in that regard.
- Electronic writing allows more freedom in editing. Other writing environments are more concrete. I like to write in a place that I know is flexible. I like to able to change things when needed.

Potential Portfolio Themes

Here are some ideas for my theme:

1. "Finding my place in a team"
- An exploration of how I adapt my writing to function in a team setting. Drawing from specific examples in the Website Re-Design and Causes projects.

2. "Me vs. Proper Format"
- An exploration of my struggles against proof reading and proper formatting. The Wikitravel project will be the best lens through which to view this theme.

3. "Keeping Time and Quality"
- A chronicle of my attempts complete assignments on time without sacrificing my writing style. In other words exploring how I manage deadlines. The enthusiast blog is best example of this. Each post I did was a review and has such required some research. Managing that research in respect to the deadlines gave me a healthy challenge.

Friday, December 4, 2009

My 2 Portfolio Revisions

I will revise my enthusiast blog and my wikitravel article.

The bulk of my revisions will be spelling and grammar related. For the blog I will add more hyperlinks and media content. For the wikitravel I will further flesh out the sections I started.

Kimball Response

As the Kimball article shows, there are many things to keep in mind when developing a portfolio. Arguably the most important is audience. Knowing who you are writing to and for what purpose will directly shape the portfolios construction. After the audience is established then pay careful attention to the textual rhetoric. Word choices are extremely important. Generally speaking, the goal is to be professional sounding, use proper language and stay concise.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Animal Rights Cause Response 3

On the whole this was a fun project. If nothing else it was nice to explore ning, get a feel for it. Perhaps one day I will use the service again. Maybe I will find another cause that begs for social awareness.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Animal Rights Cause Response 2

I found it rather easy to compose my blog post. Much of the post is my voice, though I do make use of stats. I didn't go overly crazy with research as I felt it was unnecessary. Why? Because the importance of spaying and neutering is common knowledge stuff. The problem isn't that people don't know it's that they don't care or want to. I see my post as gentle nudge, a play to reason. In that respect I think it works.