Blog Homework: Day 1

I’m away from technology for a couple of weeks, but I didn’t want to leave you hanging. So for 14 days, I’m issuing you some homework. That’s right — you get to work while I get to relax. You can follow all of the assignments here. If you have questions, feel free to post in the comments…It may take me a while to respond, but I’ll be reading everything when I return!

Over the next 14 days, I’m going to assign you some tasks that I think will help you streamline, organize, market and ENJOY your blog a little more. For the first five assignments, you’ll be asked to review your blog itself. You’ll get the weekend off, then five more assignments that are focused on helping you build your readership and social media community.

Day 1:  About and Contact Pages

After your main landing page (your Web address), in almost every case, your About page will be the second most visited. The Contact page may be the most important, though. So you need to make sure that both pages are easy to find, up to date and set the right tone for the rest of your website.

A few key points for your About page:

  • Include a good (and recent) photo of yourself
  • Tell a story
  • Use headings and clear formatting
  • Share what sets you apart — what is your blog’s main focus? Why should people read it?
  • Consider sharing a posting or editorial calendar, if you use one (example: Recipe Mondays, Product Review Tuesdays)

My About page, for example:


A few key points for your Contact page:

  • Include as much information as you are comfortable sharing — your phone number, your email address, your social media links and more
  • If you’d like, you can use a contact form (plugin or embedded form), although I highly recommend also including your email address for people who want to get in touch with you ASAP

See my Contact page, for example.

The bottom line is that you want those two pages to be perfect portfolios for your website, and you want them to be easy to find. So once you’ve updated them, make sure that they’re in your navigation bar, or at least on the sidebar.

OK — time to go take care of your homework!

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Comments

  1. says

    Can’t wait! I actually did some blog homework last night, tweaking my blog categories and cleaning up some old really poorly written posts (ouch).

    Looking forward to your advice!

  2. says

    One of my biggest blog-reading pet peeves when I have to really search to find any kind of bio on a blog that I come across. Something as simple as your (first) name, a picture, and a short bio on what your blog is about is all we really need!

    This has been a great reminder for me to go back through and edit my own About page though. Excited to see what other “homework” assignments come up!

  3. says

    Thanks, Katy. This got me going to update my contact page, and check my about page. I’m looking forward to the rest of the homework (never though I’d say that!).

  4. says

    I completely changed my About Me page. This one assignment alone will allow for others to get to know me better. I rewrote the entire page, added links I thought were helpful and definitely added a pic or two. Thanks. Can’t wait to see the rest of the assignments.

  5. says

    It could be me been old fashion (I dont have a facebook or anything like that!) but I am a little paraniod about putting a photo of myself on my website, my gravatar you see next to my post is one that would make me really hard to identify if you were to actually see me in the street.

    Do you think we should be passed worrying about putting photos of ourselves online and on sites or is it still a problem?

    • says

      Lassa — You’re in the majority…I think all of us are concerned with privacy and safety!

      For me, I feel comfortable sharing most of my life. I take precautions, I try not to be irresponsible, but then I figure that the benefits of being open about myself outweigh the negatives. When it comes to contact information, I don’t feel like I share more than would have been in the white pages years ago.

      And for photos, I really don’t see a huge downside. I certainly understand keeping names and private info more secure, but for pictures, I’m not worried. But everyone sets his or her own level of comfort, so do whatever works best for you!

      • says

        Yes I suppose your last line is what really sums it up, its what is working or feels right for you. I guess I have a feeling that putting something onnline is pretty final as you can never really take it back off again!

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