Whenever I come upon a new blog or a blog I’ve never visited before, one of the first pages I visit is the “About Me” page. It could be called anything, but it is the page about the blogger or the blog. I call mine “About Me” because I’m unimaginative but you could just as easily call it “The Blogger” or “Me, Myself and I” or “About this blog” 🙂
I personally believe that it is important to have this “About Me” page because it will tell the reader a little bit more about you and your blog. It is also helpful for PR and companies who may stumble on your blog and want to get to know you better before contacting you. You could keep it as long as you like, or as short as you like. You may include your photo or you may opt not to – its your choice.
Do you like reading “About Me” pages too? 🙂
If you do, then you will appreciate the need for having one on your own blog if you own one. Whilst I think it very helpful for blogs to have this page, I think it absolutely crucial that company or retail websites have this. The sad fact is that there are still sites that do not and for a retail business, I think that is quite disastrous.
Some bits of basic information I think you should include in your “About Me” page :-
- Your name or the name you go by on your blog – I like getting to know the people behind the blog, so it is always nice to know your name too, or how I may refer to you.
- Where you are based – I love discovering a new blog and then realizing that the blogger is local. Makes me very happy for some reason 🙂 Similarly, I like knowing where people are from because the world is now getting so much smaller! This is also helpful for PR or companies who may want to know where you are based (not that some of them even read it 😛 )
- What is your blog about – This is sometimes useful, more for PR or companies who may look up your blog, to see if it s a niche that fits their brand.
- How you may be contacted – Include your email and any other social media profiles you may feel comfortable in including.
Some bloggers choose to include this information in the sidebar as well. However, sidebar space is usually quite limited, so I think information like this should be placed in a separate page, prominently displayed so people can click through from the sidebar to find out more about you, the blogger.
The 2 popular blogging platforms – WordPress and Blogger – have page functionality, to allow you to set up pages which are separate from posts. So, before you decide to set up a page for your blogroll, consider setting up an “About Me” page first. After all, we all want to get to know you a little better! 😀
Oh and now you have your “About Me” page, make sure you display the link prominently on your blog – we want to know where to find you! 😀 Here’s mine.
Take a look at your blog – do you have an About Me page? If you are a reader, do you enjoy reading About Me pages? I love it and some bloggers can be very creative and it gives me a nice insight into the blogger behind the blog 🙂
Simple Blogging Tips are some simple tips I have for fellow bloggers, based on my own experiences. I’m no ‘guru’ but I hope they will help you. You may read up on previous Simple Blogging Tips here.