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Discussion in 'General Shop Talk' started by Big Mike, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm trying to write my 'About Me' bio for my web site...and I'm not sure about which direction to take.

    My first draft is a friendly, in person type of thing...."Hi, my name is Mike...thank you for visiting my web site" and so on.

    I have seen many that are in the 3rd person..."Mike is a big photographer" bla bla bla.

    Does anyone have any preferences that they like to see, or don't like to see? Any tips?

    I sort of want to be more friendly than professional but I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not. Any insight would be appreciated.
     
  2. wildmaven

    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    The third person approach allows you to put in more of your achievements without sounding like you're the one doing the bragging. ;)
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    That's certainly part of it...but I don't necessarily have a lot of achievements in this field, I'm basically self taught...and I don't think a reader wants to hear that I have 10,000 posts on TFP ;)
     
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    gomexz TPF Noob!

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    I would prefer to see the friendly version. It makes the site more inviting.
    That is how I like to set up my sites.
     
  5. wildmaven

    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    I ask every artist for our art gallery to provide a bio for the artist page. Some of them write it in the first person, some in the third person (what is second person anyway???). You can see the different styles at
    http://webgallery.wildmaven.org/artists/ to get some ideas. Or, you could do it in the third person, but then have an "Artist Statement" where you can provide your first person comments. :)
     
  6. Matthew Craggs

    Matthew Craggs TPF Noob!

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    Definately fun and personal. Let's your personality come out.

    Whenever I need to write a bio I always do the same thing. "Matthew is a _______ currently working in Anytown Ontario. He enjoys (activity), (another activity), and writing in third person."

    I then begin writing in first person. Kind of a nice little joke to keep it light hearted.
     
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    phakimata TPF Noob!

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    As was mentioned before, in the 3rd person the bragging is a little easier, and is (I guess) more important when you really are a commercial photographer.
    If you run a studio for portraits where families come for their photos to be taken, I guess a personal note is better. In that regard you don't need to brag, instead you can just say what type of work you like to deliver, and what your work ethics are, and write about the experience while in a photo shoot.

    Good luck with that! I hope this helps.

    Paul.
     
  8. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    +1 vote for First Person.

    In your case, you'd probably want it to be friendly and down-to-earth.

    Just be careful with your I's. It's super easy when telling about yourself to get self-centered (that's really the case though, right?) but it will certainly sound less arrogant if you put in some my's in there to replace a few of your I's. Anyway, this is something I struggle with, and reworking sentences to get rid of that big tall letter has really helped my first person writing to sound less arrogant.
     
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    ~Stella~ TPF Noob!

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    I'm not a fan of the 3rd person unless it's a partnership or whatnot and you can't tell who wrote it. It sounds superficial to me.
     
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    Mike from the little i had read from you already here on the forum i would say definitely go for the friendly first person. You have a great personality and i think you should let it shine through on your website.
     
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    Clearly state your intentions and photographic style. I trust your images will do the talking so keep it short and sweet. If you do decide on the third person approach get a third person to write it.

    Love & Bass
     
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    I've seen both approaches, and both are effective or cheesy based on what you say.
    We personally do both on our site.
    In our bio, we speak in the 3rd person.
    In "Why you will love us", we speak in the first.
    Just covering all the bases. There are good arguments for both.
     

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