Blogging Insights — About Me

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.

17 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — About Me

  1. margaret21 February 20, 2023 / 9:13 am

    I’d never thought about stolen identity. My name is out there, and a rough idea of where I live, some of my foibles are no secret (I too am a Grammar Nazi). But you’re right. The slight mystery which surrounds you is intriguing.

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  2. Stine Writing and Miniatures February 20, 2023 / 9:44 am

    Its funny because when I started blogging back in 2019 and I “met” you, I was so curious to know who you really might be. Now, after writing and blogging with you for so long all I know of you is that you ARE Fandango. The only thing I wonder is how close you would look to what I have conjured up in my mind of who you are! Lol.

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    • Fandango February 20, 2023 / 10:17 am

      I suppose we all have an impression of what a blogger we’ve never seen looks like based upon their words. So describe to me what you’ve conjured me up to look like and I’ll let you know how accurate you are.

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      • Stine Writing and Miniatures February 20, 2023 / 10:47 am

        Oh good lord…what if I am totally wrong? Did I ever tell the story of when Facebook first came out and I went looking for friends and old boyfriends? Yeah, I found an old boyfriend who was over 400 pounds. The shock I had! He had been an athlete all through high school. Anyhow, I think you are around 6′ tall and you used to have dark brown hair, which is now more salt and pepper. No facial hair, you like a clean shave, except for when you were laid up in bed with broken bones. Pretty normal weight, maybe needing to lose a few pounds from your wife’s good cooking. How am I doing so far?

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        • Fandango February 20, 2023 / 4:18 pm

          Actually you did a pretty good job. Yes, I am around 6’ tall and yes, I used to have dark brown hair that turned salt ‘n pepper in my late 40s, started going gray in my late 50s, and the abandoned me altogether when I reached my 60s, so now I shave my head every two weeks. I’m normal weight for my height, maybe a little on the thin side, actually. You missed on my facial hair, though. I grew a beard decades ago when I was in graduate school. It was reddish brown, then started going salt n pepper before turning gray and now it’s mostly white, like Santa Claus’ beard. But since I’ve always kept it neatly trimmed, it’s never been long or particularly bushy. But other than the facial hair part, you came pretty close. Good job.

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  3. writerravenclaw February 20, 2023 / 10:25 am

    We all have to worry about stolen identity and have to be careful.

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  4. JT Twissel February 20, 2023 / 11:01 am

    I have a very unusual last name and have worked for many large companies. I use a pseudonym so that I’m not that easy to find! I haven’t updated my About page since about 2016 either!

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    • Fandango February 20, 2023 / 6:34 pm

      My last name is not that common, so I get what your saying about trying to stay under the radar.

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  5. jai February 20, 2023 / 4:40 pm

    I’ve had several blogs over the years, and with each incarnation revel less personal info on my about page. Same with my blog posts and comments. As I age, I feel less and less comfortable sharing too much online.

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    • Fandango February 20, 2023 / 9:23 pm

      I share a lot, but there are certain lines I won’t cross.

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong February 20, 2023 / 4:56 pm

    I rarely even remember I have an “about” page. I have made it a lot shorter than it was. It was too longer and invited to much responding email — which I never answered because I never knew it was there.

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  7. Roy February 20, 2023 / 5:48 pm

    Maybe I’m not being careful enough. My name, should someone dig around long enough, is out there, but it’s not like I publish it. Same with my address. Same with my past employment. That is, if you not only read all the posts on my current blog, and all the posts on my prior blogs. Which are probably not accessible. Maybe they are. Anyway, that would be a lot of work for very little payoff! My face is there. I think anonymity on the Internet is less than ideal–but it’s the world we live in. I think our identity, or some segment of it, keeps us honest and accountable.
    (Perhaps AI data scrapers have the time and inclination to read absolutely everything we ever wrote and know everything we ever bought, and every GPS coordinate Google assigned to us. If so, we’re probably all in trouble.)

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    • Fandango February 20, 2023 / 9:27 pm

      Yeah, we’re probably all living with a false sense of security in this day and age.

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  8. Taswegian1957 February 20, 2023 / 9:34 pm

    I am a bit like you. I don’t usually follow bloggers who don’t have an about page.

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  9. Lolsy's Library February 21, 2023 / 3:05 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever bother that much with that “About” page, I will change that now!

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  10. Nature's Uprise March 20, 2023 / 11:16 pm

    Thank you for this blog post. This serves as a reminder that I need to make time to update my About Us page to increase its effectiveness. People don’t realize how time consuming blogging can be. So I wrote an ebook to explain the entire process. I can send you a free copy if you’d like, it’s only about a 2 hour read. But what you are trying to say is that it is important for bloggers to establish their identity. It doesn’t necessarily have to be on a About Us page, but in order to build a community around the blog, readers would like to get an idea of the bloggers identity. They are nosey and want to know everything about their favorite content creator. They will have an easier time promoting your content. And you have a specific section to establish credibility. This also helps readers distinguish the original content from a duplicate.

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