I just have read a not so bad blog post. However, when I checked out the about page I got turned off.
“This is an example of a WordPress page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress.”
Come on. You can do better than that.
And you should.
Anybody who is getting serious about putting your blog in their RSS reader or subscribe to your e-mail list will want to know more about you.
The about page is a great place to let your readers know who you are, what you can do for them, and why they should listen to you.
But first things first.
Some Ideas For An Entrepreneurial About Page
You have a name, haven’t you. Use it. Introduce yourself with a short bio. … or introduce each team member who writes in the blog on a regular basis.
Of course we want to see your photo(s). A nice photograph makes it more personal. You do not want to miss this step.
What problems can you help the readers with?
Why are you qualified to help them?
Tell them how they can stay in touch with you. An optin form on the about page i snot such a bad idea. However, remember the good rule of thumb: “One page, one action.” Don’t offer too much.
Now go to work.
You don’t have to get it perfect.
5 % better than your competitors will do.
John W. Furst
P.S.: I just realize I should update the about page of my own as, well.
P.P.S.: In the context of legal issues with online publishing, you MUST NOT have an anonymous blog anyway. Pen names are fine, but readers, customers, and the government must be able to contact you based on the information on your website without having to go through hoops. (I’m not a lawyer. This is not legal advice!)
P.P.P.S.: Do you have anything to add? Any comments? I am sure you have. Let me know.
Let me give you a quick update on my personal Wave experience.
Wave has already become a sort of everyday tool for me. My firefox plugin shows the number of unread messages in the inbox and the number of people I communicate with is on the rise.
We even use the ties from Wave into Google Groups to create private Waves with restricted access. Therefore, with a small circle of partners and friends Wave has partially replaced email for some communication needs.
Never having been fond of walkie-talkie style instant messaging or chat conversation or Twitter the feature of instantaneous, collaborative, style of communication is certainly a great one. And Wave crushes it. We nailed communication which would have taken much more effort and time for accomplishing the same results via email, chat, skype or phone.
The concept of hosted conversations with synchronous access for working collaboratively is just brilliant. The real power comes from the combination of — the removal of the barrier between — synchronous and asynchronous collaboration in one tool, one document.
(1) Search panel: Selecting one wave or multiple waves with Shift+Click is unfamiliar. Shift+Click lets you select a range, but not single entries. There is no obvious wave to deselect one. A click without a Shift will open the wave and the Ctrl+Click will open the wave in a new panel.
(4) Right/Access Management: This will be essential to protect blips from being edited unauthorized and to keep conversations private.
(7) Privacy: A privacy feature for the “green presence dot” would be great. Like on Skype. Invisible, don’t disturb, away, online, chat with me, … Something like that.