I spend a lot of time visiting different blogs, many through such things as Menu Plan Monday and Works for Me Wednesday as well as bigger events like the Bloggy Giveaway Carnival. When I click over onto a blog it is usually the design that grabs my attention first. There are so many unique and beautiful blog designs out there and I so appreciate the talent that goes in to creating them. A design done well gives me a real feel for the person behind the blog and leaves me wanting to know more.
That’s when I look for an About Me page and I am always surprised at how many blogs don’t have one. I’m anxious to know who the person is, what makes them tick, what ticks them off, what do they do, what country do they live in, how many kids do they have and most importantly what the focus of their blog is. Information that is often exchanged during a first meeting in real life. I’m always so disappointed when I don’t find such a page and I’m left feeling like nothing more than an intruder.
I think it’s safe to say your readers want to know who you are.
Please don’t make it difficult for them to find out.
In response to some questions I wanted to add a bit more about what to include in an About Me page. An About Me page should be written for the person who is coming to your blog for the first time who hasn’t yet had the privilege of learning about you through your past posts. I see it as a summary, in an accessible location, of who you are and what your blog is about, things you have probably already shared on your blog at one time or another and not necessarily private information that you aren’t comfortable sharing. It can be a page of its own or simply a link in your sidebar to a post you’ve already written that describes you.
The most important thing to remember is that most people coming to a blog for the first time only have a couple of minutes to find out about you and decide it they want to spend more time looking around. As one of my readers mentioned in the comments, you want to wet their appetite and leave them wanting to know more.