The “About Me” page of a blog is often the first thing a new visitor will read. After all, they want to know who is behind the words.
They may want to know, can the words be trusted? Is the author an expert of some sort? Or, what makes the person who is writing the blog, tick?
Unfortunately, for some, the “About Me” page is the hardest page to write.
For those who have trouble writing your about page, I’d suggest starting with the five “W”s.
Here’s your chance to tell your readers who you are; a brief description of yourself. A place to show your personality. Your humor.
What can a reader expect to find on your blog? Now, or in the future.
You could include a paragraph or two of why your started blogging. What you hope to accomplish with your blog.
If you want to let your readers know how often you’ll be updating your blog, you could include it in your about page
Where else can readers find you? On Twitter? Facebook? Other blogs? Via a feed? Or updates via email? Don’t forget to include the links.
If you feel comfortable having your photo online, your about page is a great place to publish that, as well.
What I would advise NOT to include on your about page:
- Your full birthdate
Publishing your birthdate online could lead to identity theft, as could publishing a post stating “I turned 40 today”.
- Your physical address
Although some bloggers feel the need to publish an address where others can contact them, I’d suggest using a contact form or post office box instead. Publishing a physical address could lead to stalking.
- Childrens photographs.
I’d also advise bloggers with children or grandchildren to be careful of the photographs they publish of children online. With so many sickos frequenting the internet, one never knows what could be done with those photos or where they could end up.
For those of you who are publishing blog posts under an alias, readers still want to know “something” about you and what they can expect to find when they visit your blog.
What do you like to see on “About Me” pages?
What’s on yours?
Care to share?
P.S. For earlier discussions on the about page, see the archived post “About me – The Most Important Page On Your Blog”
P.S.S. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on this post, professional blogger and social media consultant Vered, shared a link on Facebook to a post titled,”Consumer Reports: Half of Social Network Users are “Oversharing”; Endangering Privacy. It’s a great read which reiterates the necessity of self monitoring that which we share online.