It took only a few hours after sending out an SOS to receive more than enough help from all of you. Thanks to everyone who responded with fantastic ideas for online portfolio hosting sites and organizing techniques. I quickly went from having no idea of what to do to having an abundance of ideas. So now I was only left with two questions.
1. Which is the perfect online portfolio hosting site for me?
2. What’s the best way to organize my material and get started?
In a short period of time I fell down the inter-web rabbit hole and got sucked into reading about every kind of hosting site you could imagine and at least 10 different websites on “how to make a stellar online portfolio”. This is what I learned:
Answer for question #1: There is not one perfect online portfolio site.
The best thing to do is use what is both user-friendly for your viewer and what is easiest and most comfortable for YOU (the person creating it) I thought I needed a specific web-hosting platform to create my unique professional portfolio, but realize that I am already using and learning on a web hosting tool (this blog you are reading is WordPress), why choose a new tool to learn when I am already struggling to learn this one. WordPress it is! I even found a very helpful step by step YouTube video on “How to build a professional portfolio using WordPress” made by a guy named Phil who is a Jerry Garcia fan (if Phil could do this set up in 20 min I am thinking I can manage as well) By the time I am done with this site and a year of blogging on it, I hope to be at least proficient at WordPress.
Answer for question #2: Keep it simple.
Page after page instructed me to pare it down! Less really is more. Just because I did a million random things in the past 10 years – doesn’t mean I need to include all of them (Phew! I had no idea where the heck I had stashed those pictures of me driving a book-mobile dressed up as the Wheels of Wonder Woman nor did I really know if I wanted to share them) I also learned that the simplicity rule – should run throughout the whole portfolio, not just with how much content I include, but also in how I describe all the content. Keeping the simplicity mantra in mind when mining through the archives of long-lost projects will be key!
OK – so my first major decisions are made but I still have Gabe’s strict schedule to stick to. Somehow by the end of this evening I will open a new WordPress page and make some initial organizational decisions. At least I have Philip from YouTube to show me how to do it. Thanks Phil.
So here’s my logic lesson of the day:
Learning 2 new online media platforms (minus) Learning 1 new online media platform = Less of a learning curve and a better chance for success! Which is also equivalent to a less stressed and more productive Beth Barbush.
We all don’t need my metaphorical math equations to know that less is more…. it <is> simple logic.
Please join me in this July’s endeavor! Start your own online portfolio. Here are a few websites to get you started:
7 rules for creating a professional portfolio site:
10 simple steps to create and manage your professional online identity
Phil’s simple guide to using WordPress as an online portfolio tool.
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