Hello, gorgeous. Tell me about yourself. I want to know all about you.
Your mother probably raised you to believe that it was impolite to talk about yourself too much. No offense to Mom, and pardon my harsh language, but pish posh. In her day, there were no such things as blogs. You’re constructing your own little personal space here, and it’s your chance to step out into the world and let people see who you really are. Even if you’re blogging anonymously, you have an opportunity to be big and bold and honest with your words and thoughts. Here, you don’t have to concern yourself with the normal social restraints, or the advice that Mom gave about staying polite and modest. Cool, huh?
So, let’s talk about your “About” page. It’s an introduction of sorts, a static page on your blog where readers can go to learn a little about the person behind the keyboard. For you, it’s also an opportunity to share information about yourself that you normally wouldn’t. You may not think you’re interesting enough or that your thoughts and opinions are important enough to express, but I’ve got news for you– you’re fascinating.
Use your “About Page” to toot your horn. Ring your bell. Bang your gong. Shine. Some people do this in paragraphs, others write it in list form, i.e., “50 Things About Me.” It doesn’t matter how you do it– just do it.
An “About Page” is also a little snapshot of who you are right now. When you look back on it, you’ll probably be a bit amazed at the person you’re reading about, about the things that were important to you when you wrote those words. We are fluid and flowing and ever-changing, and a personal blog proves it in the most beautiful ways.
On my personal blog, I dive into my “About” page once a year or so. It gives me a chance to review where I was from the place I’m currently standing. It’s a nice vantage point. I see the whirlwind of changes that have taken place– if life seems stagnant, that page is undeniable proof that it’s not.
This brings us to the subject of updates. Since your “About” page is a little personal piece of your history, I recommend not erasing it. Update and add to it, but don’t delete or edit your past. It’s all a part of who you are. And sweetheart, despite what you may think, you’re as interesting as all get out.