Are you a blogger who is at a loss for words? It may appear to be an odd situation to be in, yet most writers are stumped when asked to describe themselves.
An ‘About Me’ (or ‘About Us’) page on your blog is an opportunity for your visitors to learn more about you. Therefore the importance of crafting a nice page shouldn’t be underestimated, even if the thought of blowing your own trumpet makes you shudder. It’s also likely to be one of your most frequented pages, particularly by new readers or marketers interested in learning more about you.
Here are a few key items to keep in mind when creating your internet profile.
Allow Your Readers to Discover Who You Are
A photo should be an integral part of your ‘about me’ page. While you may prefer to be remembered for your words rather than your face, your readers will want to see the person behind the words.
While people may like your content, their eyes will be drawn to you. Your readers will be able to tell you you are a real person. Are you too bashful to pose for a photograph? Illustrations and caricatures can also be effective.
Include the Fundamentals
It may seem apparent, but your ‘about me’ page should include some basic information about yourself. You should include the following:
Where you live – wonderful for fans and handy for publicists
A contact method, such as an email address — your blog is merely a one-way communication without one.
Include a name-it doesn’t matter if it’s your entire name, first name, or even a nickname, as long as there is a way for others to reach you.
How to Get Ideas to Flow
Begin the first draft and push past the ‘cringe’ emotion by being ridiculous. jot down ideas, and don’t worry if they sound pretentious. The initial draft can provide you with something to work with; you can subsequently edit and tone down your writing.
Another technique for getting the words flowing is to pretend you’re someone else writing about you. Distancing yourself from your own life and accomplishments should allow you to write honestly and passionately about who you are and what you do.
Promote Yourself (because no one else will)
When you’re writing your ‘about me’ page, keep in mind that people have clicked on this page because they want to learn more about you-so; tell them!
Unless you show off your best achievements and personal qualities, no one will know. Consider it similar to preparing a CV: a potential employer can only work with what you tell them about yourself. An ‘about me’ page might include a list of businesses you’ve worked with, blogging awards you’ve won or been nominated for, and magazines you’ve been in.
Speak with your readers and tell them a story.
Surprisingly, your ‘about me’ page is about more than just you. It makes sense when you think about it–you’re not writing this for yourself, but for your audience. Consider your audience and speak to them.
Keep your tone conversational and write in the first person to do this. Telling a narrative is one of the most effective methods to engage people. We don’t mean your life tale when we say “story.” Take anything from your life and turn it into a story that encapsulates who you are and what you stand for. Choose something that was a watershed moment in your work or personal life that shaped you into who you are, or that inspired you to start blogging – Belleau Kitchen handles this really well.
Be True to Yourself
Writing an ‘about me’ page is a lot like writing an online dating profile, and the same advice applies to both: be yourself.
It’s critical to think about what you want to accomplish with your blog because an honest profile can help you get there. You can attract the proper readers and possibilities by being yourself. Copying someone else’s page or trying to be someone you’re not will only land you in undesirable situations. You want to attract the right people for you, just like you would in dating.
Give your readers a chance to participate.
Finally, it would help if you attempted to end your ‘about me’ page with some form of call to action. Whether it’s your email address, a link to your social media profile, or a newsletter, you should take advantage of this opportunity to explain how your readers may become more involved with your site.
Hopefully, this tutorial has aided you in beginning the difficult work of writing about yourself. While you may still despise the experience, this guide should make it less painful. Check out this list of amazing ‘about me’ pages for some good examples.
Do you have any helpful hints for writing your ‘about me’ page? Please leave your comments below.