Tell Me About Yourself

29th November 2011 | Blogging | 2 comments

One of the most important pages on your blog is the About page. I’m sure if you check your stats, that the About page will be the second most viewed page on your blog, or it will at least be in the top five. I know from my own reading habits that this is a page that I always visit. This is how I meet and learn about the person behind the blog I’m reading. I also find it interesting to read people’s bios on Twitter and Facebook.

Honestly, I just find it intriguing to see how people describe themselves. :)

Some people when asked to write about themselves write about their looks, maybe how they dress, or how many tattoos they have.

Others tell you about themselves by writing about the people in their lives. They are the mother of… wife of… daughter of… and so on.

Then others will write about their personalities, what they like or don’t like, their religious beliefs, their education, or their job.

I just find it interesting how people define themselves. None of these are bad ways to define yourself. All of these things make up who we are.

But some of these do give me pause. For instance, if someone just describes their looks, I wonder do they only see their worth in the physical? If they only mention their families, I wonder if they have lost themselves a little bit? If they only talk about their jobs, I wonder do they ever have any fun?

I think it is important that we don’t focus too much on just one aspect of ourselves, even in our bios. We are more than our looks, jobs, families, personalities. We are all these things and more!

For my own About page, I started with my personality, and told a little about my faith and one of the things that was a big influence on me as a kid, Nancy Drew. I didn’t write about my family because I’m slightly paranoid and afraid of identity theft. :) I didn’t write about my job, because I only recently accepted the fact that this is actually my career. Queen of denial, that is me.

What about you? If I asked you right now to tell me about yourself, what would be the first thing that came to mind? What did you include in your About page? If you don’t have one, why not?! Let me know in the comments!

2 Comments

Samantha Bangayan

30th November 2011 at 1:07 PM permalink

Wow! Paula, this post is perfect! I’m working on my About page right now because I hate mine. =P In fact, I renamed it to “Hire Me” because it was more about my writing.

I also noticed that everyone visits that page, so I really want it to be more about me. I tend to lean toward talking about my ethnicities/cultures and travels. Maybe I should include a bit about personality and interests too. Sheesh! Thanks so much for the ideas! =)
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Paula Reply:

Thanks Samantha! I wasn’t really sure about this post, but your comments made me feel better. :) Hopefully people will find it helpful.
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