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Digital Portfolio

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Since Digital Storytelling ended two weeks ago, I’ve been building my online portfolio. It’s still a work in progress. I plan to incorporate my resume, along with a few other clips and project snippets, and want to tweak the theme a little using Firebug to help me understand how to manipulate CSS.

Portfolio Megan Eichenberg

I have two text widgets on each page-an about box and internship experience sidebar. I may change these once I figure out how I want to incorporate my resume, but for now this will work. I created a blog post that links to each section of my portfolio with a brief description.

Portfolio Megan Eichenberg

Each page links to my work around the web.

Portfolio Megan Eichenberg

The special projects section includes links to Aisle 2 Bin 36 and Apropos Literary Journal.

I’m still looking into other themes and might change to one with a featured post slider. I also want to incorporate some of the work I completed in Digital Storytelling and a few other classes somehow.

Posts + Pictures=New Theme

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

Now that I have more content on my blog, I spent a portion of my Sunday evening scrolling through websites and blogs boasting about the top 20, 50 and even 100 “most spectacular,” “quality” and “best” WordPress themes.

With so many theme options available, I’m surprised it took me so long to select a new theme. I thought I knew what I wanted, that I would be able to type a few key words into Google with “free wordpress theme” in quotes and discover a selection to choose from. I was wrong!

The more I browsed Google search results, the more I realized what features I didn’t like in a theme. I knew I wanted a featured posts option, which several themes offered, but I didn’t like the way the rest of the posts were displayed underneath that option. If a theme had two features that I was seeking, it lacked another two. I went on to another theme with great displays, only to find it was missing another two features I didn’t want to sacrifice.

I uploaded several themes to my blog and gave them brief test-runs. I was doing this through cPanel at first, until I remembered we learned in class how to upload themes directly through WordPress. It’s nice to know how to do this both ways.

At some point in my search, I discovered the Newspress theme:

I’m a big fan of the way this theme displays featured posts. I’ve never seen it done this way before, and I actually like this display a little more than a typical featured posts slider. My only problem with it so far is when I hover over each of the four images with my mouse, the point where the text is cut off has odd wording. What’s more, there is no punctuation in these, which I can’t stand. The demo version didn’t have either of these issues, so this can probably be solved tomorrow by doing a related search when I’m not so burnt out from Googling terms related to themes and plugins.

I think this theme will eventually offer me a really cool way to showcase my larger digital storytelling narrative project as it unfolds, which I’m really excited about as I begin to consider the subject matter I hope to focus on the remainder of the semester and beyond.