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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I am a member of this great community of fellow bloggers called The Secret in the Sauce (http://www.thesitsgirls.com/), where we support eachother by viewing and commenting on eachothers blogs.  Every Saturday they have a blogger who talks about how to make YOUR blog better and I thought that this weeks article was awesome.  This week's featured writer is Marlynn from http://www.marlynnschotland.com/ and she has very helpful information when it comes to creating your 'About Me' section on your blog:

Whether it’s a photo of you or your family, be sure that you have a current photo that tells readers in an instant who you are and what you’re about. So much can be said through photos: what clothes you’re wearing, your expression, your body language, the colors in the background. Remember to use a photo that speaks volumes of your brand, and include a watermark.

While I do not advocate including your home address and telephone number, your readers want to know where you are in the world. This is just another way for them to feel a connection with you. At the very least, include a state (and country if you’re out of the United States).

Are you quirky and alternative or do you see yourself as more mainstream and the Average Jane? Do you like bacon as much as I do? What’s on your iPod or what’s your favorite organizing app? Inquiring minds want to know details that show glimpses of your personality that make you different from all the rest, so try to include items that also tie in with your blog focus (i.e. mention your fave cartoons if your blog is all about children’s television programming).

Details, details
How long have you been blogging? Why did you start the blog? What makes your blog unique? What will readers NOT find on your blog? Spelling out your blog history & mission is fantastic way to ensure you retain quality readers.

Even if you have a separate Press page, it’s always nice to include one little line in your bio about press to help add to your credibility. Include if you’ve been quoted in national magazines or even local community papers, if you write a regular column for another blog, if your blog has been featured elsewhere, and so on.

You should have a separate contact page and/or contact info in your footer or sidebar so it shows up on every page of your blog, but it’s also always a good idea to include a short mention of how to contact you at the end of your bio on your About page as well. Since you’ve reeled ‘em all in with your stellar bio, now they’ll be clammoring to get a hold of you, so make it as easy as possible for them to do so.

A final note from Melanie:  I personally think these are ALL awesome tips and hope you do too.  I can't tell you how many blogs I've visited where I go to send a personal note to the author and there is NO contact info anywhere!  I don't always want to leave a comment for everyone to read, rather I'd like to contact them directly.  So, I hope you have found some useful info and HAPPY BLOGGING!!!


  1. That was a great article, and great tips! I like the new design - where did you get it?

  2. Hey Margo-

    I purchased the blog in conjunction with my website (they match) through Mod Melon. They have great templates!



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