The third task for the advanced blogging challenge is this: to look at the “About Me” pages on other people’s blogs, and think about what features make them effective, informative and powerful. In other words, what gives your “About Me” page, some muscle or some grunt!
I am so grateful to Anne Mirtschin for selecting this challenge as it has forced me to take time to do two things. The first thing is, that I have made time for the most enjoyable task of browsing some excellent blogs and viewing their “About Me” pages. To locate some “good” blogs, I went to the 2010 Edublog Awards list.
The second thing is has allowed me to do, is to evaluate my own “About Me” page. It has allowed me to really think about what power it adds or doesn’t add to my blog, and think about the simple things I can do, to make a massive improvement. I think you would call that value adding.
The verdict is in. My own “About Me’ page needs some steroids. It lacks muscle. I have decided that my introduction needs to be warm, friendly, open, newsy and fun. Inspired by Britt Gow’s response to this challenge, I checked out Anne Mirtschin’s “About Me” page. I really didn’t need to look too much further, to find an excellent example of introducing yourself to the blogging world.
So, I have taken this opportunity to “spring clean” my own “About Me” page by adding some sparklee writing, a photo, a quick description and a glog. I’m working on the theory that a picture tells a thousand words. Nobody wants to plough through a long, tedious chunk of text – so hopefully my glog goes a long way to giving lots of information, without the dribble. Enjoy.