Whaaaaaa? You Need to Share Your Purpose on a Website About Page?
You don’t have to share your purpose on a separate page, but successful bloggers write for others. They want interaction with their writing. Journals are for private writing. As a blogger, you probably created an About Page right away. WordPress.com even creates a blank page to prompt you to do that. One blogging influencer, Janice Wald of Mostly Blogging, suggests that the About page is really an About ME page.
But have you created a space to share your purpose for blogging such as a Website About Page? This second About page explains what you expect to provide readers. If you don’t have these first two important pages, stop right now and create them. Having these pages will make you think and will guide your writing. Your About Me and About My Website pages are the two most important pages on your site. If you have one, have you updated it recently?
Time to start!
Please state your name and your purpose for the record. You may sit down. DON’T FORGET YOUR NAME and NAMES of COLLABORATORS! Right off the bat tell readers the purpose of the blog. What are you going to do for them on this blog? Conversely, what won’t you try to do? It’s often helpful to try to chase them away! If’ they are still on your page, please invite them to sit down, enjoy a cuppa something to slow down their reading and add to their enjoyment of your site. My friend Viveka turns on some background music.
Having one picture of yourself on the website page is good. Choose additional pictures that share your purpose explaining what you can do for others. If you can’t find one, try Canva.com or check out other free sources like my friend Terri’s offer.
Body of the Page
- Bold headings improve clarity.
- Restate your purpose expanding on what you started. Bullet points are helpful.
- In a casual, conversational way state why you can help them. Stories work well.
- Link posts representing topics readers can expect to find on your site.
- List professional information to establish your credibility. For example, you might link to your posts on other sites.
- Display testimonials from others. You can find these in your comment section. Cut and paste and include a first name.
- At least include another picture of what you do, not necessarily of yourself.
Awards & Publications Establish Credibility
When I started blogging, I loved the way bloggers awarded other bloggers. My friend Ralph, like several of the experienced hobby bloggers, put an Award Free Zone as a widget in their sidebar. I never did. Giving and receiving awards takes time, but they are good mixers, especially for new bloggers. Awards usually list links to help people get to know you and your blogging community.
People want to know you have something of value to offer. This was a new concept for me as a hobby blogger until about May of last year. I did not usually publish other people’s posts, and rarely did someone reblog mine that I remember. It did happen, but I never considered the idea of giving them credit on a page. That’s all changed now.
I had a great time reblogging before and during my Australia trip to see Carol and Leanne. I published one of their posts every day on my Traveling and Blogging Near and Far blog. I thought I knew them, but I got to know them even better while searching for the right posts to reblog.
Listing blogs that have published YOUR work also promotes the blogs who posted your articles as much as it does you. The more you find you promote and help others, the better your site. Thank you to D.G. Kaye for not only publishing one of my posts but reminding me that it was coming up. By reminding me or asking permission to publish someone’s post, they will help you promote it. Now I can officially list that someone has posted one of my articles on my Website About Page. Yeah!
Near the Page End List Related Posts
Here are some kinds of posts you might find helpful.
- Why an Online Interview Here May Boost Your Success
- How to Post to Multiple Social Media Accounts and Still Breathe
- A+ Book Review: Blog Promotionology
- How Canva.com Turned Me into a Graphic
- How Hobby Bloggers Solve Blogging Problems
- Alt Tag? And 2 More Stupid Questions That Will Make Your Blogging Great
These are annotated lists of the influencers I found helpful. Now many of them are also friends. Wahoo!
- How to Find Amazing Blogs You Want to Visit AGAIN
- How One Successful Blogger Promotes Other Bloggers
- How Do I Know Which Blogs Give The Best Advice?
- Are You Still Looking for “The Influencers?”
In Closing, List Contact Information
I hate it when people do not include their social media contacts. I want to connect with bloggers like me! I want to email them, Facebook message them, Like their Twitter posts. Sometimes I need to ask their permission or inform them when I’m going to publish or reblog something of theirs. If your blog is professional, you already do this, but hobby bloggers often forget or are shy! Blogging eliminates shyness. Social media platforms are to bloggers what noses are to dogs. Like Rommel tells his commenters, “Don’t be shy.”
Call to Action
I updated About Always Write. recently, but I constantly see I need to include a few more items. What about you? Feel free to give me feedback about my site and my About page. I listen and respond. 🙂
Let me know if this is helpful. What are some blogging, photography, or writing issues that bug you?