How to Write an About Page That Really Matters!

Write an about page that really matters

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:

Then WHY?

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Well, No! πŸ˜€ 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?Β (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?

 

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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?

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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 πŸ˜›

4) Add a nice picture of yours. This really makes your readers feel connected. But yes, it shouldn’t be like your whole album πŸ˜›

 

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!

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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.

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Not literally, duh!

 

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3.Β  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 πŸ˜› ).

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 πŸ˜›

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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 πŸ˜› ). 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!! πŸ˜›

 

 

3 elements for writing a perfect about page

 

 

Let's Chat

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?

Did you enjoy this post?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below πŸ™‚ It really encourages me to write these posts.

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  1. Aimee (Aimee, Always)

    This is SO awesome! I love reading more personal introductions (heck, even personal posts) from my fellow bloggers. I think it’s great knowing there’s an ACTUAL, real, live person behind a blog, which makes it so much easier for me to support them and the content they provide. <3 YES to a call-to-action as well. I always forget this, though, since I get so caught up in writing all the personal stuff. πŸ˜‰

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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      Sim

      Thanks Aimee πŸ™‚ Putting a personal touch in your posts always attract more readers I guess. I also like it. Haha, Call To Action is really important I guess πŸ˜› But I don’t include it in each post.

  2. Marie

    Oh wow, Sim, your post is just SO on point – and I kind of can’t believe you quoted me here and liked my about page? Like, just TODAY, I was thinking of rewriting it a bit, because I wasn’t too satisfied with it, haha. I am SO happy you enjoy it, thank you! <3
    That was a brilliant post and there is such great advice here. I have to admit, I hate talking about myself and I don't like putting pictures of myself up either, which makes doing an about page… kind of challenging. I do love it when I can connect to the blogger from its about page, when I get something from it, like, a feeling I could love this blogger and really want to chat with him/her/them πŸ™‚ I remember reading your about page when I first came on your blog and LOVING IT so much, it really made me want to follow you and get to know you better and read your blog, that's for sure πŸ™‚

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      Sim

      Thank you Marie! I can understand that how it can be difficult to post personal stuff and all. But I guess, the amount of things that you have shared is enough. Being personal doesn’t mean that you have to include your family history, but just the things like what do you like to do, what do you do in real life etc. and I guess you have included all these things. I really liked your page when I first discovered your blog.
      Ass I am glad I made you feel connected. Actually I was thinking too to revive my page a little πŸ˜›

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  3. Beware Of The Reader

    Now that I’ve read your post AND your about page here are my thoughts:
    First I need to re read my about page LOL. When I began blogging I thought it would be “professional” as in not “personal info”. Then I realized my most loved blogs were blogs with a “home” feel. The bloggers revealed themselves so yes you are totally right!
    Second if I may: your design is misleading. You have an “About” in your left bar widget with your picture etc. The result is that I did not look for another “about” page. Your “about” page is also “mreged” with your contact so it did not stand out (for me at least). Now that I’ve read it I commented LOL
    Great post Sim!

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      Sim

      Thank you for reading and liking. Ahh okay now that you have said it, I have made separate About and Contact links. I hope it is okay now πŸ™‚ And I guess having a bio in sidebar is a kind of necessity?
      Having a little personal info always makes you feel like you can actually connect to that person? I really like those kind of blogs too.
      i am glad you liked it! Thanks πŸ™‚

  4. Pamela Nicole

    Great advice! I also like Ashley’s -from Nosegraze- one on using some attention-grabbing phrase to introduce the page. A powerful statement that says what you’re about before actually getting into the bio and deeper blog details.

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      Sim

      Thanks Pamela! Now as you mentioned her, I checked her page and it really is good. Considering she is even doing a kind of business, it takes her page to another level πŸ™‚

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  5. Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

    Yes, I agree, I have neglected my About page so badly!! Time to freshen it up. Although I don’t know, must be only me? I almost NEVER go to the about page xD

    And has it already been 6 months since you started! It seems like just now… Time flies!

    I should really update my About page with all those groups I manage, because WHO AM I EVEN. Right?? It’s the thing that people know about me when it’s first mentioned! I can’t believe I’ve been too lazy to put it there xD

    Also, I will be including this post in the guest post Shruti is doing for me for the review policy (as the about page and the review policy have A LOT in common!) If I forget, punch me or something πŸ˜€ (seriously, imagine trying to orchestrate 10+ bloggers to write guest posts on your blog. I don’t know how I manage not to forget my name at all.)

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      Sim

      Haha you are doing great Evelina πŸ˜ƒ I don’t know how do you even manage with all this stuff. I can hardly manage to write my own posts these days πŸ˜‚
      I am not sure about everyone but I DO read the about us page of the blog which I like in the first look 😊 And a huge yes for revamping your About page. There is a lot of stuff that you can include now considering all the work that you have been doing recently 😊
      Thank you! I’ll wait for that post πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. Andreea P.

    This is such a great post! It also reminds me that I should get back on my blog and update my About Me page.

    When I first made my page I did it in a rush just to quickly introduce my blog and why I am blogging – it was always a page that I was going to change one day, and now I know that this is the time to do it thanks to your super helpful post and great tips! Thank you!

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      Sim

      Thank you Andreea 😊 I am glad to help!
      I do believe that your About page should be the mirror of your blog. I hope you get time to revamp it πŸ˜ƒ Let me know when you do it. I would love to see that ❀️

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  8. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    As I read this post i was thinking about the great ‘about me’ page I have. And then, I took a visit (you know just to gloat) only to realize it is indeed a good one but it is not me anymore. I wrote about 3-4 years back and it doesnt seem relevant anymore. Thanks for the reminder call, I am gonna update it very soon.

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      Haha indeed 3-4 years is quite a time. I am glad I worked as reminder 😜 But yes your page is definitely good 😊

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  11. Olivia-Savannah

    These all sound like such good things to include in an about page! And you did a good job with saying why they were relevant as well. Too many bloggers don’t have one, or only have a few lines, which makes it a bit hard to get to know them or know more about them when I’m curious!

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  12. karen blue

    Great post! don’t include my age because, well, I think people can guess from my picture. Lol! Thanks for taking the time to post this, I do wish posts like this would have been around when I was starting out.

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      Thanks Karen. I am glad you like it πŸ™‚ actually age is just an option to include. I included it because people still think that I am in my early twenties from my pic πŸ˜›
      I wish it too.. I remember spending hours and hours before creating the final page!

  13. Kristina

    Ah ! I faved it for me to look back on it, how neat that I see this after I *just* had done mine yesterday !

    I tweaked a couple things, however the point No.2 is a tad bit missing as I state it in many posts and well I made my about section 2months after starting my blog.. xD However; I explained where the name come from, that I started on tumblr and moved -stayed on them both-. Said I wanted to post maybe more than bookish only and when to expect posts from me … which isn’t everything listed, but I think it’s still looks good- atleast for now ! πŸ˜…β€‹

    I’d wish to see more post like this from you, you’re great at it ! πŸ˜β€‹

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      Sim

      Haha thanks Kristina 😊 I am glad I could help! Seriously speaking, there are multiple things that one include in about page. I’ll check your page πŸ˜ƒ

      I am thinking to wrote other such posts but I am always afraid that whether people will like it or not πŸ™ˆ

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