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When was the last time you updated your ABOUT Page?

For me it was about ten days ago and boy does it change. I guess when I first “formally” entered the blogosphere in 2003 I didn’t really care much to write an “about me” page as my readers, who were mostly from school + my then girlfriend already knew who I was and what I was doing.

But since one of the purposes of blogging is to help complement your career, especially for those who live prolific online lives, it would be nice to check on your ABOUT ME page every now and then.

Here are a few things that your ABOUT page can have:

1. Your (vague) contact details. I don’t place my cellphone number, but I do place my work email in case people want to reach me. I’ve been getting emails from people here with the first line saying “I’ve been looking for your contact information but could not find it so I searched around and found it on (insert blog title here). Hope you don’t mind.”

2. Some info on who pays your salary. At least vaguely describe what you do for a living. It helps with the whole credibility bit.

3. Links. Not a lot of links, but links nonetheless. On the web, it still helps to see the people and organizations you are connected to.

4. A profile picture. Either you put your face or an avatar that’s consistent to your personality.

ABOUT pages are tricky in a way because its your chance to keep a static page to brag about what you’ve accomplished. So yes it is tricky, trying to ensure that you want to remain credible without blowing up your head. My about page is a little wordy, but I guess its because I love to tell the story of how I fell in love with this industry.

Here’s a question. Would it be too much if you ALWAYS updated your about page, like say once a week? I guess over-updating it can be a bit weird, in the same way how people try to pimp their own Friendster profiles day in and out.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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