Monday, November 29, 2010

Bio Pages: Your Online Calling Card

Just finished adding pages to this site. Check out the navigation panel on the right side of the screen. The portfolio part is still in the works, though. I still have to scour Google for instructions. In the meantime, this will have to do.

While doing the "about me" page, I realized how hard it is to write a brief description about yourself. I tend to ramble even in writing, so I risk turning the page into an autobiography. I doubt my readers (if I have any) would want to read about how I almost drowned because of my own stupidity, or how I freaked when I got my first pimple.

The "About Me" page is important because this is what people who randomly end up in your site look for first. People like potential employers, potential clients, potential significant others, and your long lost mother read this page and decide if you are worth their time. This page gives you the chance to tell the world who you are and what you do, and what you write in there can make or break your image.

So what exactly should we put in an "About Me" page?

1. Your name. Probably the most important thing you can put in there. If you want your readers or potential clients to know or hire you, they should know what to call you first.

2. What you do and other beneficial skills. If you are a superhero who protects the weak and the innocent and can fly faster than a speeding bullet or leap tall buildings in a single bound, then say so. Just try not to mention that you wear your pants first before your undies, and you'll be fine.

3. How to get in touch with you. Unless you have super hearing, include your contact details like phone numbers and emails in this page.

These are just the basics. Of course, there is no way of writing the perfect bio page; some people want to see your personality shining through, while others prefer to read you resume. Again, it will all depend on who your target is. If you are having problems, check out other bio pages in the Internet for inspiration.

It's not much, but this is what I came up with so far.

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