Why an e-portfolio? Why now? How can I begin?

So Many Questions!

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Although I have created a couple of simple websites in the past, I never considered creating an e-portfolio before now. That isn’t quite true. I considered it for a very brief time when my youngest child was very little.  He is almost 18 now, so blogging wasn’t much of a concern for me at the time.  I had four other children in my home when he was born with a rare chromosome abnormality.  I was a homeschooling, military mom, and I thought I didn’t have time to write down all the doctors’ visits, medical tests, accomplishments, and setbacks we had.  Oh, how I wish I now had written down those experiences.  I would love to have that record for myself, but also to share with others, who may be starting their own similar journey. How many lessons did I learn along the way that could benefit somebody out there?

Today is the time for me to start. Only because I didn’t start yesterday.  Again, looking back, I can consider what I’ve learned over the past five decades.  That information, those experiences, have helped to mold me into the wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, and teacher that I am today.  I don’t get to share them with most people, though. Sometimes, I don’t even take the time to stop and reflect on them myself.  This e-portfolio gives me an appointed time and place to do both of those things.

I started with something I was familiar with, and I created a website with Wix.  It is a simple platform and easy to navigate. I had already created a website using Wix, so I knew there were templates available, and I knew how to change themes and add elements.  After talking to others and listening to a professor (Harapnuik, 2016), I decided WordPress was the way for me to go.  I like that I have many options, although it took a little bit of playing around to get things where I wanted.  I’m now looking forward to seeing how far my little page can go and want to encourage others to get started on theirs!

References:

Harapnuik, D. (2016, March 3). EDLD 5303 Getting started tips. Retrieved from http://www.harapnuik.org/?p=6322

 

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