You might question why I am insisting on having a portfolio. Well, a portfolio goes far beyond just showcasing your talents. It plays myriad roles.
The point is that a portfolio spurs you to experiment with different things. Moreover, since no deadlines or a nasty boss is breathing down your neck, you can make mistakes, try out different permutations and combinations, or even abandon an idea.
My second experience is with regards to my own portfolio. While building a website to host this portfolio, I decided to include a Personal Learning Network page. I shortlisted a couple of websites that I found useful, contacted the site owners, and asked them permission to include their site. One such site owner was Dianne Hope. A couple of e-mails were exchanged between the two of us, and she asked me to write a guest post focussing on e-learning. I had never written about e-learning before; hence, writing this guest post meant getting out of my comfort zone. The experience, nonetheless, proved enriching. My confidence also got a boost, and motivated me to write this article.
So get down with creating your portfolio, and do share it with me. If you already have one, I would love to see it and also learn how your portfolio has helped you.