Is your ‘About page’ helping you or letting your down? Time to check!
Why? Because your ‘About page’ is important for building your blog’s readership. Ideally you should review it once or twice yearly!
Editing your Default About page
When you set up a new Edublogs blog it automatically comes set up with an ‘About page’. Readers access this page by clicking on About in the page links at the top of your theme or in the link in your sidebar.
The idea is you change the default text on this about page by inserting your own information — follow these instructions to edit your default ‘About page’
Tips for writing your About page
Writing a good ‘About Page’ is hard.
What’s written on an ‘About page’ and the types of details included is influenced by the type of blog and the intended readers.
Teacher’s personal blog
Start with telling people more about yourself as people are more likely to engage with your blog if they can relate to you as an individual. Then tell them about your blog and the reasons why you blog.
Not too long, not too short, include photos that help readers relate to you as a person.
Your ‘About page” is like meeting someone for the first time in a new class. Tell them a bit about who you are and your interests. You might even want to share reasons why you blog.
Remember you need to be Internet savvy — follow all your teacher’s guidelines!
- Only ever use your first name or a nickname
- Never use any other student’s last name
- Never post personal information such as your home phone number, home address, e-mail address, IM
- Remember online is forever – Don’t write anything you wouldn’t say to your grandmother
- Don’t write anything that could hurt anyone else
- Don’t post photos or videos of yourself unless your teacher and parents have given you permission
Examples of student blogs:
Think about who is your intended audience for your ‘About page’? Your students, parents/family, or to help connect with other classes?
Below are examples of the type of information you might include for each audience — remember you can add more pages if needed (e.g. a Welcome parents page, blogging rules)
For students and/or parents:
- What is a blog
- The goals of the class blog
- About the teacher(s)
- How to interact with the blog e.g. subscribe to blog, comment on posts, guidelines for writing appropriate comments
- Teacher(s) contact details
To connect with classes in other schools:
- What country, state and city you are from?
- Year (grade level), subject and age groups
- The types of connections your class is interested in e.g. becoming blogging buddies, engaging in global projects
- The type and size of school
- Class or teacher contact details
For an example of a class blog, check out Mr Toft’s.ca ‘Welcome page’
About Page Examples
Can you WOW me with your About page? I’m looking of examples of great ‘About Pages’ to share with others!
Leave a link your ‘About Page’ in the comments of this post so I can check it out!
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