15 Tips for a better “About me” page

Did you know your “about me” page is probably one of the most visited pages on your blog? Don’t you always go to the “about me” page when you’re reading a new blog? Have you wondered how to write an about me page? Why do people want to know about you anyway?

Blogs are personal and people want to connect with people – not just a computer screen or a beautifully designed blog. They want to see and know who is talking to them and if this person resonates with them. They want to know if you’re the fashionista, blog guru, young mommy or entrepreneur. Why? Because they are the fashionista, blog guru, young mommy or entrepreneur or they aspire to be one - they want to hear YOUR story.

Don’t let this be a difficult task – be yourself and delight readers with your awesome personality.

Here is how to let your “about me page” stand out:

1. Be yourself. Never ever try be anyone else.

2. Include a picture of yourself (as if this isn’t an obvious one). People are very curious and sometimes downright nosy – they want to see what you look like.

3. Explain why you started this blog and what the aim of your blog is. Add any personal stories about why you are so passionate about your blog’s topic.

4. Don’t be uptight – we want to connect with a real person. If it is for your business you can still use a professional, but pleasant, tone. It should be in a more conversational style but please don’t forget your grammar and spelling. Ur not txting ur bff 2 go shopin!

5. Be creative – don’t just follow these rules. Think of something different to make you stand out and show off your interests and personality.

6. Look at the about me pages of some of your favorite blogs for inspiration – what makes it stand out? Here are a few really creative “About me” pages from  Six Revision.

7. Don’t be too boastful or pretentious – no one likes that. If you’d like to talk about your accomplishments or experience, a few carefully placed references will do just fine. We will still read your blog first before we decide to call you a guru or not.

8. Be gracious and don’t say bad things about other people, bloggers, website or anything else. You can always express your opinions in a proper manner in your blog if you wish but most people will be turned off by excessive negativity (unless this is really what your blog is about).

9. Make it look good and easy to read – people will stop by quickly to find out who you are and they won’t always have time to read an essay. Add your favorite quote, words you live by or some other relevant pictures of yourself.

10. Don’t forget to add your other websites or places people can connect with you. Add links to all your sites and social media profiles so they can get to know more about you.

If your blog is for your business:

11. Consider that any potential clients or employers will look at your “about me” page to find out more about you and this is especially important if you have business blog or site.

12. Add a little more about your experience and qualifications. Add links to work you’ve done so people can see that you know what you are taking about.

13. Don’t forget your contact information!

14. Demonstrate how you are a problem solver or how you can help them and why they need to hire or use you or your services.

15. The most important is to inspire people and make them feel more connected with you after reading your profile.

We are living in an age where people don’t just want to follow your blog or site but they would like to know more about you as a person. We follow people who inspire us or who we resonate with so we can see other things they enjoy. Chances are we will stumble on something we may enjoy too and that’s how we share and discover!

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Blog impressions – Day 12,13

What is the average time you spend reading a new blog before you decide to move on?

Have you found any blogs recently where you were completely amazed and kept clicking through the post and your eyes had a visual feast? What sets these blogs apart? People hardly notice your blog and they do not seem to be staying.

Remember the saying first impressions count? This is true in the ‘real world’ but even more so online, where people have very little time to spend on something that doesn’t absolutely wow them. At least in the ‘real world’ they can’t run away so quickly and you still have a second chance (and running would just look completely awkward!).

So what does your blog need to stand out and compete with all those other wonderful blogs you envy so much? 

You have to decide that blogging really is your thing and commit. Commit to being better. Commit to wowing people. Slowly start to build your dream blog and get better each day.

Next you will have to decide what impression you want to give people when they visit your blog – their impression of you (yes they want to know you) and their overall impression of your blog’s design. These are the first 2 things they will notice when visiting your blog.

On day 12 and day 13 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s Blog Challenge, Natalie asks the following 2 questions:

1. What is your USP Unique Special Proposition that sets you apart from the crowd?

What sets you apart and makes people want to get to know you? Have a look at some other bloggers you admire. What about their personality makes them interesting and resonates with you?

2. What three things would you most like your website to have and how will you go about getting them?

Think about what is important and would make your blog run more effectively and be more professional. Maybe you want to get a professional designer? Or start self-hosting so you will have more control and take that next step.

Whatever it is, it’s time to invest and get serious. 

Remember it actually takes much more effort to bring in a new reader than it is to keep a reader that’s already aware of your blog. So once they visit – make it count so they will stay!

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Blog Challenge! Day 10,11

Age old story – I haven’t posted in a few days because I’m busy at work, daydreaming and my poor head is buzzing with ideas. So much that I don’t know which direction to go! All in due time – let this be a lesson for us all to slow down and take things step-by-step.

I’m happy to be back to my challenge now. Today I’ll cover 2 days without writing an essay (I know you only have 2 minutes to read this post!).

This is the second part of the challenge where we will really get into the business side of blogging and decide which income streams you’d like to go for and which business model will suit you.

Here are today’s questions:

1.What are the key ways in which you want to make money online in your chosen business OR Which are the key online revenue streams you want to focus on in your existing business?

Natalie mentions the 3 different ways of creating an income online. Advertising for others, selling affiliate products and selling your own products.

This all depends on your skills and which type will suit you and your readers best. Readers may not like advertisements suddenly appearing on your blog or you may not yet be ready to launch your own products and rather choose to sell someone else’s product.

It is best to keep in mind not to have all you eggs in one basket. Rather look for an effective way to make use of all opportunities you have.  

Personally, I’m OK with any of these 3, as long as the products are very good quality and I truly believe my readers will benefit from it. The same goes for advertising – if there is something I love and feel my readers will enjoy, I would advertise it. Blogging is, after all, about sharing ideas and things we love.

2. Which business model is best for you and what one revenue stream is most feasible?

The main models are to be actively involved every day (like give personal coaching) or one where you are not (like a e-book you can sell over and over without having to do anything). 

This depends a lot on your personality and the outcome you want. If you enjoy interacting with people on a daily basis you may want to coach or if you are looking for more freedom you should create a product that you don’t have to tend to on a daily basis.

Being actively involved may also pay off quicker if you are starting out, whereas developing a quality product will take a lot of initial effort and will starts showing results only later. 

Again, I prefer having more freedom so I can focus on writing and developing products. My brain has too many ideas to try to keep it away from being creative every day!


Let us know in the comments what type of product you would like to create and which business model suits your life.

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This post is day 10 and day 11 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s Blog Challenge. If you’d like to participate, you can click here and sign up! 

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Blog Idolatry

There are very few sites that inspire me as much as these 3 do. I am in awe of what these people have created. I am so happy there are people who have created these products, services or brands that really resonate with me. I can go there any day just to feel inspired and motivated.

Here are just 3 (I had to narrow it down, ok!!) of my favorite creative sites:

1. Pinterest (Goes without saying)

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If you don’t know Pinterest by now you better rush over there and pin something to get the full experience. Seriously. Stop reading this post – you need to see it for yourself first. Ok, so I don’t want to get too excited here but Pinterest is really great.

What Pinterest did for me, personally, is solve a real problem and that is what it’s all about. I hate organizing and keeping track of all my ideas. Searching for things that inspire me can be such a pain. Now, anytime I need a visual high I can just head over to Pinterest.

I can save and share anything I find inspiring, beautiful, practical and creative and also see what other like-minded people are oohing about. If you are a very visual learner and looking for an organized way to stay inspired, Pinterest is a must.

2. Made by Joel

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Joel Henriques from Made by Joel has inspired me purely because of his creativity and originality. What he does is so simple and beautiful.

Joel is and artist and father who designs arts and crafts for kids (Ok, I have actually made many of his things myself! It’s just too amazing and beautiful to resist!). His creations are very simple and fun and I also love minimalist design of his site. You can even download and create the most amazing paper cities!

He has made most of his designs available for free and now has a book, Made to Play, which I would absolutely recommend supporting.

And I’ve saved my favorite for last…

3. Mayi Carles from Heartmade Blog

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If consider yourself a creative spirit, you have to check out this creative spirit. Also, if your creativity drives you wild at times you can use her services.

Mayi is a designer and artist and sells her beautiful pieces on Etsy, however, this is only a small part of what she does.

She helps people and inspires them to be more creative. She helps creative spirits organize their minds and spaces with her Life is Messy Bootcamp.

The reason I enjoy Mayi so much is because what she is doing and what she stands for really resonates with me. I love how she is a little crazy. It’s clear to see how much she believes in herself and that is something we can all learn.

And those are only some of my favorites! It’s always good to have somewhere you can go for inspiration or even have a role model or mentor. We can all learn from each other!

So, whose online business do you admire most and why? Let us know in the comments!

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This post is day 9 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur‘s Blogging Challenge. Head over there if you need an extra push to start blogging!

Mindset challenge

A healthy mindset is one of the best tools you will have in every day life. It affects your outlook and weather or not you will have the strength and persistence to reach your goals.

It can even give you a peaceful moment right now when you need it most and help you to feel contented.

A healthy mindset is what tells you to not give up when things get tough and just push yourself a little further.

Having a healthy and positive mindset is very important, especially if you’re starting a new project and things get tough. At the start it’s very easy to feel motivated and ready to go, but how do we hold on to this positive mental attitude?

Know yourself and know what causes you to lose motivation and become negative. This way you can identify how you will stay on track.

Do you need more support from friends and family? Maybe you need one day a week where you can get away from everything and let go of stress? Is an inadequate or disorganized work space  driving you crazy and slowing you down? Or are you looking for ways to stay inspired?

Which key tools will you turn to regularly to maintain your mindset and how will you use them effectively?

Here are my go-to mind maintenance tools:

1. To organize all my ideas I use Evernote and Pinterest.

I used to have a BUNCH of different notes everywhere – post-its notes, in different journals and on scraps of paper. I did it because as soon as I had an idea I wanted to write it down so I wouldn’t forget.

All the notes made me feel so disorganized and drove me crazy. Even one some of my previous coworkers used to joke about all my notes.

Now I keep Evernote open and as soon as I think of something I can add it there.

Pinterest is really a favorite of mine! I love seeing all the beautiful and inspiring things I enjoy in one place. Being able to share it with others and see what they like makes it even better.

2. For relaxation I rely on books, tea, red wine and watching movies. To challenge myself more I’ve decided to start making time for meditation again and take up yoga.

3. To help me stay motivated and thinking creatively I try to learn and read as much as I can and go walking or clean my home.

I get my best ideas when my mind is just wandering! Reading and learning is very important to me – I believe we all have to challenge ourselves to learn more and somehow think outside of our own boxes and challenge our ideas.

I use Feedly to read articles from my favorite sites and blogs in one place. It super easy and saves a lot of time.

Which tools will you use to stay in the right mindset? Let us know in the comments!

This was day 7 of The Suitcase Entrepreneurs 30 day blogging challenge

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Blogging Challenge (Day 6)

What are the main 3 things you will do during the next 30 days to move you closer to your dreams and goals?

This question isn’t so easy to answer at first and after giving it some thought, I realized that there are some things we need to clarify before we can answer. To identify the main areas where you will invest your time and energy, you will first need to ask yourself the following questions:

1. What are my goals? Dreams? Passions? Which of these are most important to me right now?

2. Are there things in your life you can or need to eliminate so you will have more time and energy to focus on your goals?

3. Do you care enough about your goals and dreams to commit to it and really change your life?

After considering all these questions myself, I’ve come up with the 3 ways I’d like to challenge myself and my readers.

1. Blog every single day. Come rain or shine…we are blogging! 

2. Take time to be quiet and  think (away from all electronic devices…no internet!!) and really consider and reevaluate your goal every day, so your path there will become more clear and you’ll have the time to let your mind wander and think creatively. (I always get my best ideas when I’m not trying to think about anything!)

3. Focus on taking better care of our health – this is something I usually struggle with. I eat a fairly healthy diet but I’m usually too busy and tired to take the long walks I enjoy and get enough sleep.  (Mainly because I get too excited about writing and blogging!) Remember our physical and mental health should always come first.

So, how will you challenge yourself? Let us know in the comments!

This is day 6 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s 30 day blogging challenge. Head over there if you’d like to participate!

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A perfect day – Blog challenge (day 5)

What does your perfect day look like?

It’s early. I open my eyes. No alarm. No rush. I can stay in bed for hours if I’d like because my time belongs to me. I’m well rested and I don’t feel like I need another 3 hours of sleep.

I make tea. I always have tea first thing in the morning. I love it. Tea makes the world a better place. It’s warm, comforting and I appreciate every single cup. No rush to finish.

I don’t have to be anywhere or do anything but I start working because I truly enjoy it. I love it, even if it is challenging at times. I feel what I’m doing actually means something.

Best thing is…I’m still in my pajamas. I work from home and no will tell me what to wear. It’s comfortable and right now I want to finish doing the work I love before I have to get dressed. If I’m really not in the mood I can work and stay in my pajamas all day…or I can finish my work tomorrow if I have other plans.  I can relax – I’m not being rushed.

I have quiet time to think, read and write. It’s very peaceful. 

My morning’s work is done and I walk through my vegetable garden. I pick something for dinner and lovingly take care of all my plants. I like growing my own vegetables. It’s healthy and I know where my food comes from.

I love being in water. It makes me feel alive. I usually swim just as the day starts getting hot.The sun is warm and the water is very refreshing. Now I finally feel awake. It’s important to get outside every day and keep my body moving. It makes me feel healthy and gives me energy.

As usual, I have a very late and lazy breakfast with the people I love. We chat, laugh and discuss the little things in our life – the vegetable garden, dinner or our plans for the weekend.

It’s relaxing because we’re not rushed to organize or plan anything…we are talking about it because we enjoy it. Even if our plans don’t work out it doesn’t matter, because it only matters that we are healthy and we have everyone we love around us.

One of the best things about working from home is napping in the afternoon. I nap every day and I don’t feel guilty at all. Besides, once I wake I feel refreshed and ready to work another few hours before I start making a lovely meal for my family and relax with them for the rest of the night.

This is my response to day 5 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s blogging challenge.

What’s does your perfect day look like?

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Location independence – Blog challenge (day 4)

Are you ready for another day of blogging? Are you staying motivated?

I’m really happy about my decision to take up blog challenges to show how it can help you stay on track. I won’t lie though – it can be hard work and you have to be dedicated. I forced myself to have a long night’s rest so I’m ready and fresh to start writing today.

Today I’m on day 4 of The Suitcase Entrepreneur’s 30 day blogging challenge (aimed at people who would like to make a living online or even if you want the challenge of blogging everyday and learn some tips).

The focus today is on being location independent and being able to run your business from anywhere you like. Sounds great, right?

Starting your own business will always be hard work and take long hours – so don’t be fooled or believe anyone who says you can easily set up a business (especially online) and see money rolling in after only a few weeks. Only if you’ve come up with some genius new product or application will this happen – and if that is your dream you also need to start working and planning.

Here’s a great article on Forbes about working hard and planning your time – There’s no such thing as the four-hour work week.

My thoughts – if it is your dream and passion, the time it takes won’t matter.

I love blogging, reading, learning and inspiring people. So, even though I work and average of 8-11 hours a day (not blogging), I start blogging a soon as I wake up and when I come home after work, I blog more, or I’ll be reading blogs and answering e-mails.

It’s hard work and takes time but I’m passionate about it.

Today’s question from the challenge is:

1. What is your definition of location independence?

I’ve discussed before how I usually travel for work and I really love it. If I had the chance to change anything, I’d like to be more free so I can spend time with family and the people I love.

What is your definition? Are you ready to work hard at achieving your dreams and following your passion?

Let us know in the comments and add a link to your blog if you’ve already started!

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Your first blog post

Your blog is up and running. You have a beautiful theme and you’ve chosen a catchy blog name. Now what?

This is the part where everything gets real and you have to get your voice out there and start writing. But how?

All new bloggers have plenty of questions and you will most probably look back at your first post in a few weeks or months and wonder what you were thinking or not recognize the person writing that blog. That’s why you have to start writing today, despite all of your hesitations. You will become a better writer as time progresses and eventually find your own voice.

As you start today, know things may not be perfect and it will only get better from here. Your mistakes will ultimately help you and your blog grow. Trying to be perfect will keep you from reaching your goal. Never try to be perfect, just be you.

Here are some tips on how to write your fist blog post:

1. Decide on a topic for the post. This will depend on the type of reader you want to attract and the goal of your blog. Are you writing for a certain niche? Are blogging about your daily life?

2. Choose a name for the blog post. Choose something that is catchy and will let the readers know what your post is about.

3. Remember layout is important and you may want to keep it similar throughout your blog. This will help organize your posts and make it easier to read. The easiest is to remember beginning, middle and end – start there and change it to suit your needs.

4. Will you mainly focus on writing or are you including other media such as photos and videos?

5. If you are only writing, consider the length of your posts. This needs to be something you can keep up with. I suggest shorter posts between 300 – 500 words or use long form if you will be posting less often or if it suits your niche.

6. Finish your post and then preview it first, scanning for mistakes and ways you can improve your writing.

7. Lastly, don’t hesitate – hit the publish button.

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