Bio’s are difficult, I’ve found.I’ve been playing around at writing several in various lengths for a couple of years. I envy the successful authors whose bios simply include a listing of their published works, and a statement that they live on a country estate in Maine and share their life with a wife / husband and daughter or something.
Creating something worthy for an unpublished writer is a little more difficult.
My attempt at a visual bio allowed me to include a lot of information that would otherwise have taken up a lot of text – things like my country of origin, my current state of writing projects, interests etc.
The problems encountered with providing an author bio in graphic form should not have surprised me, but they did. I’ve become a little absent-minded lately. So here are the problems:
- Another blogger actually went to my About page looking for information to use on her blog, along with a link-back. Obviously no text could (at the time) be found on my About page, because in my haste, I’d deleted it.
- Lesson Learned: Include a small amount of text as a bio below any photos, including links to your social networking sites.
- Graphic bios like mine aren’t as easily updated as pure text. I haven’t bothered updating mine since April.
- Graphics are not something you can control as to how a viewer’s browser, and monitor definitions reproduce them.
- Lesson Learned: If you’re supplying important information in graphic / infographic form provide a downloadable file that is under your control. I’ve provided a one page PDF of the visual resume for this reason.
- Graphic bios are a supplement to the text bios we need for all our other profiles out there. Twitter, Facebook, Publication of guest posts elsewhere, Magazine or Books – all require different lengths of author bios.
There are some pros for using a graphic bio also. Google seems to like them, because my own graphic appears quite often on searches with nothing to do with author bios. And they are – if done well, memorable. But this is, of course, reliant on some image design talent. I’ve received a few compliments on mine, which tells me also how often other people do actually go to a blogger’s About page.