Before the winter (okay, Christmas–I said it, Christmas) break, I was really working through the kinks of deciding what kind of information I wanted to put on my personal PSU site. I’ve been working on getting more blogging done, and to remember the “professional, not confessional” mantra, but I think that in my attempts to keep things professional, I’ve taken a lot of my personality out of the equation. While I do prefer to keep this professional (after all, it is under the auspices of Penn State), I think there needs to be a better, more rounded method of delivering my content. All of my content, not just a blog, or just a resume, or just some contact information.
We’ve talked a lot about the ePortfolios here at Penn State. Over break
I changed my blog to the professional template, and I must admit I like
it a lot. But I also know I have need for a real portfolio of my work, my
qualifications, and yes, my thoughts and ideas. Years ago, you’d have to code that kind of site by hand to make it look professional. These days, though, blogging platforms like Moveable Type and WordPress make it easy to get up and running in no time. I believe that
Renegade Design should be included as a sample of my professional
profile, because it contains thoughts, ideas, and dialog that I’ve had with other Penn State people in my work life. When I was talking to Erin Long about how I could tweak my code, she said something I found unexpected:
Her: funny you are thinking mostly of the integrated blog
Me: why is that funny?
Her: most people want to know how to remove the blog from their portfolio
Her: so you’re the total opposite of the normal request
The obvious joke about me being the total opposite of the norm not
withstanding, I was surprised that most people wanted to remove the
blog. Perhaps it doesn’t make sense for everyone, but for a
technologist (and a disruptive technologist, at that) who embraces
social media and community engagement and educational technology, I
can’t understand why someone doesn’t see the blog as a significant tool of creativity and collaboration. Not that a blog is necessarily new technology, but that we
continue to redefine what a blog can be used for, and how it can create
conversation and dialog between people of disparate backgrounds.
So I plan on keeping my blog integrated in my portfolio, and I will continue focusing on this project over the next week. Have any suggestions on what I should include? I’d love to hear your suggestions. The nice thing about this platform is that I truly get input from unexpected, but welcomed, people.
It’s a nice conversation to have.