Before we discuss writing the about page, I’d like to take a moment to familiarize you with the WordPress dashboard:
Click On “My Site” To Get Started
In WordPress, once you click on “My Site” in the upper left corner, you should see the following menu:
- Your blog
- View site
- Blog Posts
We’ll be discussing some of these items in more detail in future lessons. For now, I’d like you to click on each of these. Read and explore.
Setting Up Your About Page
The about page is one of the most visited pages on a blog. It’s important that you create an excellent about page. You want people to know who you are, what your blog’s about, and what you can do for them.
- On your menu, go to “pages.”
- There should be a sample about page: You can simply edit the sample page or delete it and start a new one.
- You should use a combination of subheadings and paragraphs: When you’re in the edit mode, simply click on the “paragraph” in the upper left to find your options.
- You need to include a photo: Remember to make sure that your photo matches your Facebook and Twitter profile photos. To add a photo, you simply click on the photo icon just left of the “paragraph/subhead” option. After you click on the icon, you should be able to drag and drop a photo. This will be the start of your media library. Once the photo is in the library, just click “insert” into post. There are a few editing functions, too. Play around a bit.
Writing Your About Page
- Start with a friendly introduction of yourself: Keep it simple. Just a few sentences will do.
- Tell us about your blog: What is the topic of your blog? How often will you post? What will your articles cover?
- Tell us what you can do for your readers: What do you have to offer? Will you help them in their relationships? Will you share recipes? Do you have a product or service?
- Include links to your social media: You should always include a few links on each page and post. Include links to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. In the future, you can include links to your blog’s most popular posts. You could also include links to other blogs and articles that inspire you.
- Keep your about page short, but not too short: 300-700 words is a good length. If you feel the need to add more, you can create a “more about me page.” For reference, this post is 512 words.
Going Beyond The Basics
I’ve given you some basic pointers, below you’ll find some links to other articles on writing an about page.
- The Five Step Process For Writing An About Page That Connects
- How To Write Your “About Me” Page
- The Most Overlooked Piece Of Real Estate On Your Blog
- 10 Ways To Create A Better About Page For Your Blog