As I mentioned in my Top 20 Tips for Bloggers, all too often I visit a blog and am a tad disappointed by with ‘About Me’ page. So, I thought I’d share a few tips that I’ve picked up along the way, in my guide for bloggers on How to Write a Brilliant ‘About Me’ page…
Actually have an ‘About Me’ page
Seems obvious, I know, but they’re not always there, and sometimes they’re just blank. My About Me page receives hits every single day, so it’d be fair to say that people do want to know about the person behind the blog.
People like a photo
People want to see you! So pop one there. Now, if you’re not keen on having your photo taken, or are blogging anonymously, here’s a chance for you to get creative. What shot could you take that sums you up perfectly? For example, if I didn’t have a family photo on my page, I’d probably go for a snap of a pile of books, stationery and a cuppa!
Let readers get to know a bit about you, and maybe find some common ground
Share a few facts, hobbies or interests. Here’s where you can have some fun. They really can be anything and everything, no matter what you blog about, as long as they’re about you. Here are a few examples to help you get going: If you’re a travel blogger, share your favourite holiday memory, if you’re a parenting blogger, what does parenthood mean to you?, if you’re a book blogger, give us a taste of your favourite books from your childhood, and so on.
Tell people why you’re blogging and what they can expect to read about.
This is something of an introduction to your blog, so be sure to give a good flavour of it. If I’ve been drawn in by one of your posts, this should be telling me why I should stick around with you and keep on reading.
Highlight some of your favourite, most popular, most controversial, most ‘you’ posts – whatever you’d like to draw people’s attention to, and be sure link to them all. Have a think about how to demonstrate the diversity or the typical posts that people can expect to find here and showcase them.
Link to your social media profiles, even if they are in your sidebar
It’s just easier, and some people may be viewing on a mobile where your links might be right at the bottom. Similarly, a Bloglovin button or similar works well here.
Include your contact details
Pop them at the bottom, and if appropriate, any PR guidance, too.
Write it in your own voice
As with all of the above, write in your own voice, your own style. If you’re formal, make it formal, if you’re funny, make me laugh!
Keep it fresh
Revisit and review it every few weeks to ensure it’s accurate and interesting.
What do you think? What else would you like to see included?
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