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Baby it’s YOU!

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First I have to say “hi!” And let you all know I am so happy that you are here to review ProBlogger’s lessons that we worked on in both his books 31 Days to build a Better Blog and The First Week of Blogging I think there is so much that we can learn and take this one step further with each of the lessons.

So, let’s start at the beginning. Why did you start your blog? Was it to raise awareness of something you feel passionate about, or about your business or your hobbies, or children? We all have our own reasons for wanting to share our “stories” with the world. And one of the most important pieces on our site is about each of us- Who are you?

This is an important piece of information and EVERY blog should have one! Your About Me page should be one of your best written pieces. It is a page that a lot of first time readers might check out after enjoying a first post as well as those wanting to know if they should invest time in building a relationship with you: potential partners, advertisers, collaborators, journalists, and people in the PR industry that we all hope “discover” us. It should be written in the same tone that you carry on through your site, are you funny, informative, controversial, or write from the heart. I know a lot of you are thinking “I already have an about me page” but this is a page that evolves as your story evolves, this page should be reviewed and kept current.

Here are a few ideas that you should include in a great About you page.

  1. Your elevator speech– This is your chance to shine in one or two lines and it is important that people can walk away and remember who you are after that brief description.
  2. A Picture is worth a thousand words-so the song goes, but it is true, people like to see “who” it is that is writing. Also make it a picture with some kind of personality.
  3. Who are you and what are you selling?– You want to be as clear as possible why you are writing this. Sharing your beliefs on your About Me page can both inspire readers and gain their trust.
  4. Toot your own horn– Do you have a few posts you are proud of, highlight them here. This is the place to really try and reel them in and have them want to read more and more.
  5. And following up on horn tooting-do you have any testimonials from others that you’d like to share?
  6. Make it personal-don’t forget people love to hear “the story” as I said we all have a reason for starting our blogs so this is the place to open your front door and say “come on in” and let me share my story with you. However, remember this is not the place to write the whole long story of your life, make it brief and understandable.
  7. Make it about THEM-  Everyone likes to feel wanted
  8. Make sure they know how to “keep in touch”.-Leave links to just about every way you want to be contacted and make sure you add a subscribe via RSS somewhere to the page.

Share your reworked About Me page with us!  We’d love to see what’s happening on your blog.  Just leave a link to your page below. I will be tweeting out the URLs this week on Twitter using the hashtag #shelleypbreview
 

About shelley

Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on about.me.

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Comments

  1. Ann @ Creative Boomer says:

    I’ve rewritten my About page a few times and still don’t feel like it’s where I want it. This is a good time to think about it again.
    Here is a post I found that looks like it may be helpful writing an About Me page.
    Strategies for responding to “Tell me about yourself” by Robin Roffer bit.ly/superstore

    • Good Morning Ann, thanks so much! Please come back and link up your About Me page when you rework it as soon as you can! :) Have a great day!

  2. I’m in the process of rewriting mine … Mine has “my story” but I’m redoing that. :) It’s not at the top of my priorities right now though, new baby and all. :)

    Here is what I have right now.

    http://www.wheelchairmommy.com/who-am-i/

    • Priscilla, I was wondering if you had the little one yet! Congratsss!!! Now your about me has changed for sure! :)

  3. HAHA, I have joined my about page so many times. This is the current incarnation, but I am sure it could be much improved.

    http://cirquedumot.com/about/

    I still love my tagline which has not changed since the 31 day challenge. It just seems to fit :)

  4. early morning typos, joined= changed. All comment forms should come with an edit function built in.

  5. I have re-written my About Me page for Daily organized Chaos few times as you know and right now I am very happy with it so I took the opportunity finally make/finish About Me page for my cooking blog I have been neglecting.

  6. Great stuff Shelley. I love my About Me page, so much so that not only do I have a slightly different one for each blog ( iwant them to be relevant to the niche), but I also have an about.me page that I can send new friends/fans/followers to. I am definitely signing on for this series.

  7. Hi there-

    I have 2 blogs so this is no small feat keeping up. I updated both of my About pages a few weeks ago.

    Like Marie, I make mine relevant to each niche as well. I even use different pics and names! Well, sorta. I use my maiden name on one and my maiden/married name on the other.

    My twitter handles are: @RadBrownBeauty and @SpecialMomSpace

  8. I vacillate between what I now have on my About Me page and what I did for the First Week of Blogging class. I’m going to rework it (yet again!), but here’s the current link in the mean time: http://www.learntoembracethestruggle.com/p/about.html

    Thanks, Shelley!

  9. I saw some great ideas today on pages. I have recently updated mine but will continue to do so.
    Thanks Shelley

    • Loved how you tweeted others out today Candi! Thanks so much, helping each other will only make each of us that much better. :)

  10. I’ve redone my About page a lot as well. I made it short, sweet and to the point of who I am and what I’m about. But since I’m a totally deepish person and I have many onion like layers, I also have a Guide for New Readers and a FAQ page that I include as links on my About Page.

  11. That has been something on my TO DO list for a while. Thanks for reminding me about the Thursday meetings!

  12. Every day, I am learning something new, which makes me excited and scared and take a lot of deep breaths. It’s lunchtime at work so I am going to read some about me pages of the other women here. I redid my about me page not too long ago … maybe a month. I also realized I needed to add another page, “What’s With the Dolls” as that question comes up now and then. Telling stories through toddler-sized dolls definitely turns heads. Thank you for opening this space for us.
    Patricia

  13. Hi all, I’m not sure how to change the link, however it didn’t post to my About Page but to my home page [duh :-)] It’s early here in Australia.

    I can tick the boxes, however I am planning on going to go back and do some more editing to the page. It was developed a while ago for the corporate market. I’d like to include some of my personal story and journey into the content as I agree that making it personal really does allow you to connect with people on such a deeper level.

    thanks for running this again Shelley. You’re amazing!!

    • this is sooo strange, i left messages and hmmm they are not here i am going to have to do some wordpress searching…

      Anyhowo, i can’t wait to hear what you have to say about your problogger sessiion! look forward to seeing your page linked up annemarie! :)

  14. Wow! My about me section fell short. I will need to take some time to get my creative juices flowing to write my about me section. Shelley, you are right. This is the most important part of our blog. I put in links to other pages that talks about who I am and my experiences. That would be the substitute until I get my thoughts together for my blog’s about me section. Hey…It’s a work in progress, I will come up with something good.

  15. Hey everyone. I teach every other Thursday but am usually home by 2:00 or so. Not today :/ I had several impromptu meetings with my students after class this afternoon and I am beat (who knew doctoral students could be so needy? *laugh*). I’ll have to catch up tomorrow. Sorry about that.

    • no problem Dr. Julie Ann, I am keeping the links up for a week so people really have a few days to do the assignment and check others out too! :) looking forward to reading your page!

  16. This is what I have right now. At some point it will change. Again. But for now, I’m good with this.

    http://www.polishmeglam.com/p/about-me.html

    • Rhonda,
      I will be checking out all posts from our linky… hope you have it linked up there… if not please link it up! :)

  17. Hi Shelley,
    I just started a new blog this week and, while I had put up the first post, I hadn’t done the about pages that explained what I’m doing. I just finished them. I have to say that for now I’m pretty much liking them, but I would open to feedback from you or anyone else in the group. What unanswered questions might you guys have?
    http://stone365.tumblr.com/about
    http://stone365.tumblr.com/thefamily
    Also, I plan on checking out the other links on here tomorrow (sorry, it’s getting kind of late) and hope to provide feedback to you guys soon. Thanks!
    Jocelyn

    • Hi Jocelyn,
      I’m hitting the comments first and then going back to review all of the pages, i hope you have your page linked up there!!! if not please go and link them up there! :)

      • Shelley,

        I’m not sure what you mean by having my pages linked up there. I have the links above – and they’re also in the sidebar on the blog. I’d love feedback if I’m missing something.

        Thanks!
        Jocelyn

      • Doh! I just figured it out – forget my last comment!!
        Jocelyn

  18. AWESOME post Shelley!

    Now that I’m starting to write guest posts for other blogs, my update for my About Me page included linking to the guest posts I have written: http://www.krissybrady.com/p/about-krissy.html

    My sister and I also launched our blog on October 1st, so we combined our resources to put together an About Us page that encompasses our personal reasons for starting the blog:
    http://misfitsandmascara.com/about-us/

    I always refer back to my own About pages to make sure I’m staying on track with the blogging goals I have. It’s a great way to have people get to know you on a more personal level, but also to make sure you are on track with what you want to accomplish.

  19. Just added mine. I re-did it and think I like this one a lot more (although it seems a lot more mysterious!)

    • it is all a process Ivie which is why it is good to take it out and review every 6 months, things change and new things are added all the times to our lives, so we should really just take a look. look forward to reading it! :)

  20. I reworked it a little. But after reading this post again I have to go redo it, and put in all me contact info – I didn’t think to put it there. This is going to be a take-two.

    • no problem, take two or take three, we are all here to make each of our blogs better so when you redo get it up there! :)

  21. Love your tip to toot your own horn!! How else will we know how AWESOME you are! :)

  22. My about me page needed a lot of attention. I’ve given it a first pass but I hope to spend more time tweaking it this weekend. Shelley – thanks so much for reaching out on Twitter because I really need to spend time working to improve my blog and I guess a little kick in the pants to get moving was necessary. I welcome suggestions! http://imperfecthome.com/about-2/

    • wonderful, i need to hop over to the links and read through everyone’s tonight and tomorrow, if you haven’t linked up please do so kristin! :)

  23. Here’s my about me page. I’ve revamped it several times and made it sort of a “about me plus here’s my writing and radio credentials page.”
    http://radiovixen.com/about-me/

  24. I am actually pretty proud of my About Me page. I still have a bit of updating to do, but I got some great advice from you Shelley and the 31 DBBB work from Darren to make what I have sparkle!

  25. Even after several revisions, I think my about page still needs a little work. I’m planning to rewrite it and add in a bit more of my personal story around the start of the new year. 😉

  26. I’m still just kinda meh. about my about page. It definitely needs some work.

  27. After Shelly nudged me a bit, I finally had a chance to sit down and look at my about me for my sewing blog. I had redone my about me page for the retro woman blog during the 31DBBB challenge last summer.

    Oh my! I’m so GLAD I looked at it! I thought I had updated it during the 31DBBB challenge…but I hadn’t. I could tell that I had written the former version right after my second layoff and before I had started my custom clothing classes. Talk about depressing!

    I’m a story teller (as if you can’t tell) so I decided to do my about me page as kind of a Q & A of the questions I most often receive from readers/listeners. I like this version a lot more than the previous one!

  28. Yay! I managed to get it up BEFORE Monday. I’m pretty happy with my About page, but always open to suggestions!

  29. you are so sweet! thanks so much!!! :)

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