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How to write a good portfolio post

Your portfolio of work should first have a URL attached for each item.  You should write a separate item for each piece of the required portfolio of work (e.g. community building, identity development, filtering/curating, networking, formal CMC, informal CMC, CMC language, and modes (at least 3) of computer mediated communication).  In addition to the URL to the online example, you should identify: 

 

1) Why that online piece (url link) is a good example of that section of the required portfolio piece (i.e. how does it represent filtering/curating, what guidelines did you use to create it).

 

2) An analysis of how this relates to the readings.  Link the ideas of the readings to your analysis (see the example I wrote on "public persona").

 

3) Resources (citations).

 

This should be analysis, not a description.  For example, avoid simply describing the item ("This post is about a problem I had during the ice storm in 2008.  It is public because it was posted on my blog which the public has access to.  It had pictures and comments.)  Rather, explain WHY it looks the way it does and what went into its development (see post above).  Then explicitly link those design choices to the readings (Joinson says..., citations).

 

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This blog post is an example of the public persona that Joinson discusses in her article. The purpose of the blog is to present a professional image in the areas of education, business, and communication within an international context.  This is acheived by using professional language, topics, and design (Ellison, Heino, & Gibbs).  However, there are other attributes that are left out of the blog that allow this post a certain degree of anonymity, thus allowing me to explore more personal topics publically, while still keeping a level of privacy.  Notice, for example, that the photos are somewhat generic and would be difficult to identify from a google maps search (i.e. no picture of the house).  Also, my name does not identify me as either a male or female (my blogger account only uses V for the first name) nor do I have a photo available in my blogger account.  Anyone that wants to find out more about me needs to do some digging rather than just clicking on my blogger profile.

 

This higher level of anominity allows me to publically complain about a problem without fear of reprisals (i.e. the power company not turning on my power).  Joinson noted that visual anominity allowed participants to perceive they were safe in a public space to discuss perceived private issues.  While her study had to do with a discussion board, I feel the same can be said for a platform like blogger.  Therefore, this is a good example of the use of a public space for a more personal issue, balancing private with public and managing an image in a public space.

 

 

Resources

 

Ellison, N., Heino, R., & Gibbs, J. (2006). Managing impressions online: Self-presentation processes in the online dating environment. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 11(2), article 2.http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol11/issue2/ellison.html

 

Joinson, A. (2001) Self-disclosure in computer-mediated communication: The role of self-awareness and visual anonymity. European Journal of Social Psychology 31, 177-192.

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