One thing I love is how personal my favorite quilt blogs are. They’re not just posts on the Internet, they’re posts by real people. I jumped on the bandwagon and added a little about me bio right at the top of my sidebar, now no matter what page a visitor lands on they’ll see that I’m Terri Ann, I’m a real life person who loves sharing about my favorite projects, techniques and so much more.
It took a couple revisions to get that little elevator speech right (by my standards) and after completing that I knew I needed to spruce up my about page. So I started doing research and collecting information on what other people have or what I think they are missing, on their about pages, I thought I would share a list. If you’re gonna spruce up your about page you don’t need all of these things but they’re great jumping points to customize the about page to fit your style.
1. Who are you?
It bums me out when I can’t put a name to a site or address a blogger by name when leaving a comment on their blog. If you started your blog to keep in touch with friends and family remember that as your readership grows you can’t assume that your visitors already know who you are when they stop by to visit.
2. What makes you, you?
I like to know a little about the bloggers whose sites I read. Are you a parent? Do you have a full-time job and craft for fun? Do you like dogs or cats? Give me a taste of who you are as a person so I can feel like we would click offline the way I connect with your identity as a blogger. I don’t need the entire life story but what are the things you’d tell me about yourself at a cocktail party?
3. Let’s put a face to this blog!
I know photos are a tricky spot but I finally took the plunge when Tsoniki from the Me Being Crafty podcast needed a photo of me to go along with my interview post. Before then I had a little illustration that looked like me but I handed my boyfriend my camera, grabbed some quilts and let him snap away. Now you can see that I’m a real person and if we ever chance to meet offline you’ll know who you are looking for!
4. Where can I learn more about you in the blog?
If my about page had every piece of information about me in it the page would be a novel! Some of the about pages that I looked at took this idea to the next level by linking to posts that went more in-depth to something on their about page. This way if I’m interested in that person’s background I can dive in and learn more but it’s not in the way of the rest of the general info on the about page.
5. Why are you blogging?
This is a question I ask myself all the time and it’s a question whose answer changes depending on my mood but it’s fun to put a little information about how a blog got started and where you think it’s going to let your readers know.
6. Details, details!
I saw about pages that covered many other topics like the following:
- What sewing machine(s) you use
- What magazines you’ve been published in
- What blogs have you guest posted on
- Where can I see all your finished quilts
Let your about page shine about you and your blog, let it paint the story. It is REALLY awkward to write at first but write something, then come back and edit it in a month, then again in two months and soon you’ll find that it’s easier to write that you’d thought.
Well I’m off to go make some updates to my about page, how about you? Any other subjects I’m missing that you like to see in about pages? Share your thoughts in the comments!