The “About” Page

I am wanting to revamp my “About” page. It seems a tad outdated and is in need of a refresh of sorts. I see so many different types of bios out there. Some are in first person and come off as a friendly conversation, some are in first person but come off as a mini memoir, some are in third and are professional and to the point, and some are in third person and read like a more casual biography.

My question to you, is what do you most enjoy reading when it comes to the “About” page? I’m leaning towards switching from third to first person, but am still not sold and am uncertain as to which direction I want to take it. Thoughts? πŸ™‚

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21 thoughts on “The “About” Page

  1. Personally I like first person narratives. πŸ™‚ Third person ones just sound pretentious to me! First person gives me more of a sense of connection. That’s what I styled my own one on, and so far I’ve only heard good things about my ‘About Me’ page! πŸ™‚

    1. Also, perhaps I should clarify why 3rd person narratives seem pretentious: To me it’s kind of like using the royal “we” when talking about yourself. The way I see it, third person is for when someone else is talking about you. When you talk that way about yourself, it comes off as disconnected. Then again, that’s just my opinion πŸ™‚

      1. No no, it is a valid point! What works for my professional bio (I’m in human resources) doesn’t seem to fit here. I was writing my bio for my blog around the same time I was working on my pro bio for our company website. For the website, the goal is to sell my skills so I come off as the expert. On my blog, it makes me sound like a know-it-all which is not how I want to portray myself!

  2. Like you, I seem to like plenty of different kinds. I do prefer first person, cause I like DIRECT. lol — But you know what I saw today? This groovy page that was titled, “About You” and I thought that was groovy. The blogger had questions for the reader, like a bit of getting to know you.
    Anyway, good luck with your updates πŸ™‚

  3. I like first person and conversational, especially if that’s how you write. Besides, most bloggers don’t have so many followers that we to act “professional.” πŸ™‚

  4. I simply have to agree with what Adi said above! First person always feels like the writer/blogger is actually talking to ME, especially when in a conversational tone. Respectful but not too straight-laced, casual but not too informal. I think you have a great “voice” in your first person writing, so I will definitely add my vote in with Adi! πŸ™‚ Best of luck, and just have fun!

    1. Sounds like first person, conversational is winning by a landslide! I was looking over my bio a while back and thought “Damn… I wouldn’t want to follow her blog, she sound’s like a pretentious (insert word of choice here).”

      One of the things I’ve learned over the past year blogging is this: No one here cares about my credentials. No one cares about how many years of experience, or how many types of writing I have experience in. They are here for my creative work. They are here because they genuinely enjoy hearing what I have to say, to listen to my story.

      The first thing I go to on a new blogger I’m checking out’s page is the “About” section. I want to know who they are and where the come from, why they write and what they are passionate about. They know I’m a writer, why do I feel the need to prove that? (Interesting thought to ponder…)

      And now I begin the attempt at rewriting my bio in a way that doesn’t drive people away!! πŸ™‚

      1. A woman after my own heart. You put it so perfectly, my dear. I’m not just talking fluff–I think you make an extremely important point regarding About Pages! People can see you write, yes, now tell them more about YOU! Are you someone they can relate to, rely on as a narrator, enjoy life with, share in your journey? People love what you have to say–so tell them what you have to say about *yourself*! πŸ™‚ Like I said–you said it so well. Spot on. We can all learn from this post of yours. So excited to see how you’re growing as a person and as a writer. You are wonderful!

  5. I think if the “About” section is about the blog, then third person is the way to go, but if its about the author then it has to be first person.
    Just my tuppence worth.

  6. I prefer first person because I feel like it could be a conversation with the reader minus the questions and interjections that create a conversation. But, do what feels right to you. Write it both ways and see which you like better…maybe have a friend or two read it before posting. πŸ™‚

  7. Personally I prefer first person, but I have also seen “about me” pages that are quite nicely done in the third person perspective…but I definitely agree that for a personal blog first person is more personable πŸ™‚ What else I like about good “about me” pages is the authenticity of the page and where I can really get the feel of what the author or blogger is about πŸ™‚

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