What Makes A Good ‘About Me’ Page?

Joshua

Pictures help set a tone. You need to decide if you’ll use one or many and determine what sort of ‘look’ you want to show. I am trying to decide if I should add or substitute this picture on my page.

You might wonder why someone would introduce themselves as the man who beat up an entire car load of clowns, especially if you were thinking about hiring them as the head lion tamer for your circus.

Or maybe not.

Maybe you run the ultimate fighting circus and what you are most concerned about is how many clowns were in that car because a man that can beat up a car load of clowns is exactly whom you need in your lineup.

Why Is Your ‘About Me’ Page Important

Your ‘About Me’ page is usually among the most heavily trafficked pages on your blog. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself to your readers and to tell them what your blog is about and to establish expectations.

There is some debate among the community about where first impressions are made. Some say that happens on whatever post new readers land upon and some say it is the ‘About Me’ page.

Either way the page provides you with a significant opportunity to work on that aforementioned impression and to help your reader understand who you really are.

Maybe you are the MMA fighter who beat up all the clowns in a car or maybe you are just a writer trying to capture a reader’s attention by taking a very different approach.

The distinction there is more significant than you might realize.

How Do You Write A Good ‘About Me’ Page?

There are multiple schools of thought about whether you should write your page in third person or first. The same can be said for what sort of picture or pictures you should include.

One of the nice things about working with an online publication like a blog is they are very easy to change, adjust and update. That means it is easy to test things out and make changes as you go.

Truth is that your ‘About Me’ page is probably not going to be static for very long. You’ll set it up and as your blog grows and or evolves you’ll have reason to change it.

Advice

My preference is to try and build a connection in a manner that makes you seem real, authentic and approachable.

By that I mean don’t try to impress people by writing something that sounds like a legal tort or medical review unless your readers are people who will respond to that.

The goal is to build a rapport and to convince the reader they have found someone special and they need to stick around.

What I try and do is write in fashion that mimics my speech and shares pieces of my personality. It is a what you see is what you get kind of approach and it has always been very successful.

But there is no single way of doing this so what you need to do is figure out what feels natural for you and run with that.

What do you think? Do you have a preference? Are there things you hate/love in “About Me” pages?

Share your thoughts in the comments and let’s talk.

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4 Comments

  1. Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes April 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

    RobBiesenbach Hi Rob. I suspect many people have similar stories. There are always so many little details involved in blogging I think things like homepages are often left behind but with intent to revisit.

  2. Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes April 13, 2014 at 9:49 am

    athomedadmatters Thank you sir. There are lots of people who will gladly take your money to help build a page, but I bet you’ll find just as many within our group who will help for free.

  3. RobBiesenbach April 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I’ve read lots of good advice on how to create a good About Me page (pageS, actually), and mine inevitably fails most tests. I had a specific strategy in mind for what it presents and how it fits in the overall scheme of the site. Someday I will re-do it, but one way I rationalize it is that my home page is very clear on who I am and what I do, and many, many, many home pages I see are so cryptic and minimalist that you have to go to the About page to figure those things out.

  4. athomedadmatters April 11, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Great post, fellow dad blogger. Know anyone who wants to help make my about page? I pay cash. Haha

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