It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Today Dr. Tanya wants to know our thoughts about About pages. She asks:
How important is the About page of your blog?
I think it’s important for every blogger to have an About page. In fact, I think it’s so important that I typically will not follow another blogger who doesn’t have one. I want to know at least a little something about the person behind the blog and the nature of the blog.
What constitutes the perfect About page?
I have no idea. The About page is an opportunity to tell others in the blogging community a little bit about who we are and what our blog is about. If an About page accomplishes that, then it’s perfect.
How often do you think an About page needs to be updated, and when is the last time you updated yours?
About pages are what’s called “static” pages. That means that they typically don’t change all that often. So unless something about you or you blog has changed over time, I’m not sure your About page needs to change.
My blog’s About page notes upfront that “My real world identity will remain a mystery.” I once had my identity stolen and it took many painful months to get that all straightened out. Consequently, I am perhaps overly guarded about revealing too much about myself, my personal life, and my family, which is why I blog anonymously.
I also explain that I have no particular niche for my blog. It is about “this, that, and the other.” And as my tagline suggests, my posts reflect my personal observations and perspectives on life, society, and politics. I try to infuse my posts, even those that cover deadly serious topics, with humor when I can. I occasionally throw into the mix some flash fiction.
Also on my About page, I reveal that I’m a retired, liberal, practical, and pragmatic septuagenarian. I also admit that I can be a bit cantankerous, as well as somewhat pedantic (i.e., fussy) when it comes to grammar, spelling, and usage.
Because none of what’s on my About page has changed since I created it in May 2017, I have never updated it.