The “About” Page is one of the first things I read, when I’m visiting a blog for the first time.
It is just not enough for me to only read someone’s writing. I feel this urge to know that ‘someone’ behind the words.
There are some “About” pages that I absolutely love. Usually, those are the ones that touch a chord, or are brutally honest.
Example : Some of the self published authors I follow clearly mention on their about page that the blog was made to showcase/promote their writing.
I like this kind of honesty. They state upfront what they’re all about, and you can make a choice whether or not to “follow”.
But, I really hate those people who are not honest.
Example : I used to follow this self-published author who mentioned in the about page, that the purpose of his blog was to share insights on writing.
Which was a lie! Because soon, I discovered that he was all about selling his books, or publishing ‘paid’ interviews or promoting other people’s books.
I promptly unfollowed, feeling cheated!
There’s nothing unethical about selling your books with the aid of your blog, but the least you can do is be honest about it.
I’ve found this quality to be very helpful in blogging – Honesty.
It goes a long way. For instance, I write almost diametrically opposite articles on my blog. Ranging from articles on the Indian society, to a tribute to a beloved, I write about everything that touches my heart.
With time, I realised there’re readers who hate one kind of writing but are absolutely in love with the other. And vice versa.
The way out is to write tell-all Titles of the blogpost. This allows the readers to make a choice beforehand whether or not to read.
And they don’t have to read half a paragraph to discover that this was a waste of their time.
Also, I enjoy “About” pages that are a bit personal. For instance – someone writing about a city-change, or about motherhood.
No I am not a voyeur.
It is nice to know the human side of a blogger. Also I appreciate blogs that speak of personal feelings without inhibition.
Because after all, this is a medium for sharing our experiences.
Reading about someone’s experience and how someone dealt with a problem is so enriching. You can learn a lot.
I also believe that bloggers can be much more that just bloggers. They can connect, outside of wordpress.
On social network. Through text messages.
Through a phone call!
And I write from experience. I am very good friends with someone I met through my blog. We’ve even talked over the phone. He and I have lots of things in common. And we’ve made a pact in meet in the next 6years. Anyhow.
Blogging can be far more than just venting your emotions, and getting likes, comments, shares, and follows. Only if you’re willing to make room for the ‘human touch’.
It can be the start of a beautiful friendship.
It can all start from the “About” page.
How’s your “About” page? Is the “About” page important for you, or are you least bothered about it?
Do you even read “About” pages?
Share your thoughts!