Why have an About page?
Most of you probably think the About page is simply toooo much ‘me, me, me.’ It’s just too difficult saying anything about yourself beyond the facts, right?
It’s actually quite nice to read good things about a person and it provides confirmation to the reader that they have chosen a good blog to read. Just as they suspected. Which is why they wanted to know more about you. Don’t disappoint them!
Use your About page to let us know not just your job or your favourite books or that you have two young kids, use it to really make us smile and click ‘follow’. You wouldn’t want someone else downplaying your strengths and achievements would you? Why do it to yourself? You wouldn’t write a boring blog post on purpose, right? So why would you write a boring About page? If people are interested enough in you to click on the link that says ‘about me’ then give them something good to read.
Because I am trying to make money through my blog (both through ads/editorial content and also by freelance writing) I have divided my About page into two parts, one for me and one for the blog. I have tried to mix facts with a few more personal or interesting things. It’s informative without being dull. Most importantly, it works–I receive requests for work through my About page.
I’ve also used it to redirect people who want or need more information about what I do or what the blog covers. It is a sort of landing page for people who want to know about me, but if they need more info, I have provided more links for them to learn more.
Examples of great About pages
A really fun post on About pages is on Blog Tyrant, which includes About pages from some big blogs as well as pro blogging sites. Smashing Magazine also has a great list. Although a lot of the info won’t apply to every one of us, it is an interesting read and may get your creative ideas flowing.
Closer to home, Nickie, who blogs at Typecast, has an eye catching About page with a lot of well placed, relevant information. Another great example is the nice, friendly, and interesting About page by Melissa on her Anglophile site, Smitten By Britain.
Over to you
Do you already have a great About page? Tell us about it below, drive some traffic to it! I’d love to see it!
Or are you inspired to work on one now? You don’t have to be trying to make money from your blog to create one–it is just another cool part of your site, a great way to show the readers who you are, no matter what your blog goals are.
Tomorrow I’m posting tips for how to create an About page, come back for ideas if you are inspired to do more with your About page!