About me page is the most visited page on blogs beside homepage. Readers want to know who the person is behind the blogger. Me for example, when I stumble upon an interesting blog I read the About me page first and after that the most read post. Then I would browse on the categories. After that I decide if I want to visit that blog again.
My About me page is called the author. I see bloggers who use other title for their About me page like “Who is xxx?” or “The writer”. No matter which title is used, most important is that new readers know that the page is a section about the blogger.
So here are my 5 tips of pimping the About me page based on my own observations and experiences. These tips are only applicable to bloggers who seek for a wide reach and readers/followers. I put this disclaimer here as I know there are bloggers who write only for limited readers although their blog is publicly accessible.
Blogosphere is saturated. Therefore excel from other bloggers. Shine!
2. Brief introduction
Introduce who you are briefly, preferably with a picture. Share information about your occupation, hobbies, things you like or dislike even your habits if you want to. Your blog is your online home, you define what you share. My tip here is keep it short. Remember; more and more people are online with a mobile device (tablet and smartphone), long post will force them to scroll down. Some of them are not fond of endlessly scrolling down.
Back to that brief introduction, if you struggle about how to write about yourself, read a piece I wrote about Personal Branding.
3. Why you blog
Share your reason for blogging. Simply as that. This helps your readers understand your posts and your writings better.
4. Contact information
If you look for online interaction, provide your readers your contact information. How they can reach you. I just did this last week though. I did this after two people who were interested in my post, sent me a message through Facebook. To make it easier for readers who want to share their thoughts with me in private, I have made a special email address for remarks, comments and questions about this blog.
Preventing from getting spammed, I decided to share my contact information in an image like this. So spammer’s crawling bots won’t find it.
I deliberately set this one under Contact page. People who want to contact me straight away can click on this without having to read my About me page. It is of course up to you where to put this, under Contact or under About me page.
5. Update regularly
Update your About me page as soon as changes occurred in your life. Keep it up to date. For example: Those who set their age in it, have to adjust it every year. Solution: show the birth year instead.
This post is something new bloggers need to reckon with. Take a look at how to start a blog infographic for further information. I also invite you to browse the blogging directory here on Chez Lorraine.
If you want to add some tips, be my guest and share them here. Thank you for reading.