Now, I’m no blogging guru. I don’t have all the answers. I just have my own experience to fall back on. That experience has lead me down quite an interesting blogging path paved with a lot of mistakes. I mean, a lot of them.
For a long time I didn’t have an about me page. I didn’t think I needed one. I wasn’t a wildly popular blogger. Who’d want to know who I am?
But people do want to know. They want to connect with you. They want to feel that warm and fuzzy blogging kinship with you. It’s hard to do that when you don’t let anyone know who you are or what you’re about.
Don’t worry, an about me page isn’t about vanity. It’s not a place where you have toot your own horn (although you can). It’s merely an introduction. It’s a way to become more than just a mysterious person behind a computer screen. It’s one step in the process of turning a casual reader into a devoted blogging friend.
And I know we all like those.
Now, about me pages come in many different forms. I’ve seen some that are practically autobiographies. I’ve seen some with a ton of pictures. I’ve seen some that that read more like a resume than an introduction to who a person is. And those are fine.
I won’t tell you that you can’t have one like that. It’s your page, after all. But me, I like things a bit simpler. So if you’re starting an about me page for the first time or want to revamp yours, I’ve got some basic tips that I hope will be super helpful:
- Tell us who you are. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give your whole life story, complete with your date of birth and social security number. But do tell us your name and a little bit about who you are. Even if you’re trying to remain anonymous, a first name isn’t going to give you away.
- Tell us what you blog about and why. Don’t assume that anyone visiting your blog will automatically know what you’re about. Especially if your blog has morphed overtime, this is the place you want to tell people what you’re about right now.
- Keep it simple. Blog readers are fickle creatures. I should know, I’m one of them. We like information handed out to us in small but effective doses. So try to keep it to 2-4 paragraphs.
- Include a picture of yourself. Obviously, if you’re blogging anonymously, don’t do this. Otherwise, let your readers put a face with your name.
Pretty simple, right? If you’re like me though, you want examples. No worries, I have those too! Here are a few about me pages that I really like:
They’re all short, sassy and to the point. Exactly what I like.
What do you think, is an about me page an essential part of a blog?