Since starting NaBloPoMo I’m reading lots of new blogs. And realizing how important “About” pages have become to me. I’ve been to a lot of new blogs that either don’t have an about page or have one so brief or so convoluted that it’s hard to tell what the blog is about.
When I get a notice that someone has followed one of my blogs I always go take a look. And the first thing I want to explore is the About page. I want to find out what the blogger sees as the main point of the blog. Whether there is a general theme that interests me. Same thing for an event like this where I’m discovering new bloggers. Before I consider following I want to know what the blog is about — and I don’t much want to have to read five or six posts to find out.
As I’ve hopped from one blog to another I’ve been a bit surprised at how many people don’t have an About page. I have a hazy idea that some other blog hosts may not offer an easy way to create another page as so many bloggers on them seem to have no extra pages. But on WordPress you actually start right off with an About page that has some generic stuff on it. I’m also a bit surprised at how often I land on one that has been left with the original text; someone who can’t be bothered to delete the page or put some original material on it doesn’t impress me as someone I want to follow.
Although I love the network of spirituality bloggers I’ve developed through my Not Just Sassy blog, I’m not that fond of social media in general. I’m often a little overwhelmed by the amount of time it takes to keep up with blogs I follow. I don’t mind expanding my subscription list with blogs that have great content but I’m fussy about whether I decide to follow someone or not. With some exceptions, I mainly follow blogs on spirituality that are insightful about the journey.
When I’ m visiting lots of new blogs, I usually start out just reading whatever post is in the links or shows up when searching a tag. If I like it well enough I might consider following the blog, but I want a fast way to get a feel for what the blog is generally about. The first place I look is at the About page. If there isn’t one or the material I find doesn’t tell me anything, I’m probably going to move on to the next blog without following.
I really enjoy a good About page that gives me a feel for the blog and the personality of the blogger. For me it’s the biggest factor in choosing To Follow or Not to Follow. I’m curious what other people think. Do you have an important reason for choosing not to have an About page. Do you never bother to look at them? Do you also look to the About page to tell you something about a blog?