I want to start this topic by saying that “I don’t think I am an actual qualified person to write about this topic”. Also, you would probably get a number of guides which have already talked about this subject. So, you will ask:
Well, No! 😀 The answer is simple. I want to share my personal experience about that particular page which you might be ignoring to date! Your About page is the first and main page that any new visitor will visit on the first arrival. Hence it would have the most number of visits. And you certainly don’t want to leave a bad first impression, isn’t it?
When I started blogging (just 6 months back), I took special care to design and write my About page. Actually, it’s a page which took a large number of hours. I researched a lot for what should be there on that page and what should not. I changed formats, changed content and the final result is here. And today I am very happy to say that I am actually satisfied with my About page. I know that there are multiple things that can yet be done there for making it even more better, but still, I like how it turned out.
The main reason that I am writing this post today is that a few people actually like my about page and have said that it is good? (Well, if you don’t think so, you can turn straight right!) So why not talk about it and discuss some basic requirements for an epic about me page?
3 Elements for your PERFECT About Page
Please note that all these points are in no particular order. Some people like to add a particular section later on and some in the beginning. It totally depends on you.
1. Get personal and Introduce yourself
I know many of you won’t agree with me on this. But “getting personal” can mean different things to different people. Nowadays, the internet is a place where nobody is hidden and people often know more about you than you think they know! Weird, huh? But this is the truth. So why not reflect yourself on your own blog’s About page?
Now, most people avoid talking about their personal life on social media and I can think of some reasons for that:
- They are shy
- They don’t think that talking personal is appropriate as this is *nobody’s business*
- they want to keep it secret
Well, I all these points are absolutely correct and there is nothing bad. BUT, I believe that talking at least a few points about yourself can give a chance to readers to actually connect with them?? I often felt that if I read anything personal on any blog then I tend to visit it more. Just because it makes me feel connected and involved.
But, it doesn’t mean that you have to include your whole life on that page. No no. Now that will be stupid! You can just mention:
1) Your name and age (if you like obviously). If you check my bio, then you would see that I have actually defined the meaning of my name there, just because I thought that would be a great idea as my name is quite different.
2) A little about yourself like what ‘s your profession or what you do apart from this blog, you married or not etc. I have also included my husband details because I felt the need for it. You can include other member details of your family, your children, your dogs, cats, best friend and so on. There are endless possibilities, really. It is totally your decision whom you want to include and whom to skip.
3) Include some hobbies or random bookish/non-bookish secrets and facts about yourself. Mine is here if you are interested in reading 😛
4) Add a nice picture of yours. This really makes your readers feel connected. But yes, it shouldn’t be like your whole album 😛
And yes, just writing “I am a blogger and this is my blog and I like reading this, this and this” is a no-no, for sure. trust me I have seen many bloggers having an about page with just 4-5 sentences and it doesn’t look good at all!
2. The story behind your blog and your blog’s bio
Now, in the end, it’s not all about you. This is your blog that you are going to talk about here. So blog bio is a must, right? You should include following things in your blog’s bio:
1) Tell them about your reading journey, when did you started reading or even why do you read. What are your bookish goals etc.
2) Talk about your reading preferences and what you like to read. This will tell your readers what you are going to show on your blog.
3) Tell them the story behind starting the blog that how and why you decided to create your blog, or who inspired who, how you get the idea.
4) Explain what are your plans for this blog and where do you see your blog in near future, say 1 year or 5 years.
5) Most importantly, tell your readers what they can get from your blog. Tell them what stuff have you decided to include or going to include on your blog. This will help your readers to understand what exactly they can expect from you.
6) Show them why you are unique and always remember that your readers come first.
3. Ask them to engage (call to action)
Now that you have written all the stuff you wanted to write, it’s time for the most important thing to include, that most people actually forget: a call to action (CTA).
A Call to Action is something that encourages your readers to connect with you. This can be anything like including your newsletter subscription, including your social media links where they can connect with you. A CTA is important because there is no meaning for your blog if nobody is engaging and you want people to actually connect with you after they finish reading about you. Including a CTA ensures that they will at least try to connect with you on one of your channels (obviously if you managed to impress them 😛 ).
While including your social media links, your email address or any other link, make sure that they are perfectly working. No one wants to click on something blank and waste there precious 2 seconds! Lol, that would be bad 😛
I want to give a huge shoutout to one of my favorite blogger: Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner. Just look at her About page, it’s perfect. Actually, she is the inspiration behind my own about page (well she is actually the inspiration for many things on my blog 😛 ). Another blogger, whose about page I really like is Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books. Check the pages of these lovelies, and of course mine and get yourself inspired!! 😛
3 simple steps to write a PERFECT About Me page for your blog. Learn them and keep your readers engaged!
Have you actually read my About page? Did you like it?
Do you agree with me on all the above points?
Any additional point that I missed here and you would like to include?
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Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂 It really encourages me to write these posts.