Things learnt about creating a graphic Author Bio

10 Day Write Blog Challenge Daily3This is a participatory blog post in the 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. The prompt for Day Three asks us to share our author bio.

Visual ResumeBack in April I posted up my new visual resume. Here’s the post, and I’ve included a small image of the resume or bio. The full size graphic is available on my About Page here.

Bio’s are difficult, I’ve found.I’ve been playing around at writing several in various lengths for a couple of years. I envy the successful authors whose bios simply include a listing of their published works, and a statement that they live on a country estate in Maine and share their life with a wife / husband and daughter or something.

Creating something worthy for an unpublished writer is a little more difficult.

My attempt at a visual bio allowed me to include a lot of information that would otherwise have taken up a lot of text – things like my country of origin, my current state of writing projects, interests etc.

The problems encountered with providing an author bio in graphic form should not have surprised me, but they did. I’ve become a little absent-minded lately. So here are the problems:

  1. Another blogger actually went to my About page looking for information to use on her blog, along with a link-back. Obviously no text could (at the time) be found on my About page, because in my haste, I’d deleted it.
    • Lesson Learned: Include a small amount of text as a bio below any photos, including links to your social networking sites.
  2. Graphic bios like mine aren’t as easily updated as pure text. I haven’t bothered updating mine since April.
  3. Graphics are not something you can control as to how a viewer’s browser, and monitor definitions reproduce them.
    • Lesson Learned: If you’re supplying important information in graphic / infographic form provide a downloadable file that is under your control. I’ve provided a one page PDF of the visual resume for this reason.
  4. Graphic bios are a supplement to the text bios we need for all our other profiles out there. Twitter, Facebook, Publication of guest posts elsewhere, Magazine or Books – all require different lengths of author bios.

There are some pros for using a graphic bio also. Google seems to like them, because my own graphic appears quite often on searches with nothing to do with author bios. And they are – if done well, memorable. But this is, of course, reliant on some image design talent. I’ve received a few compliments on mine, which tells me also how often other people do actually go to a blogger’s About page.

10 Day Write Blog Challenge button150You can signup to respond to this prompt, or nine more days worth, via the 10 Day Writing Blogger Challenge. This question can be found on Day Three.

4 thoughts on “Things learnt about creating a graphic Author Bio

  1. Reblogged this on "CommuniCATE" Resources for Writers and commented:
    I know this is an old post of Hunter’s that I am reblogging, but I have had this task on my to-do list and it isn’t the easiest… especially when you don’t like promoting yourself. Hunter, thanks for the great inspiration. CommuniCATE followers, if you get a visual resume together, please tweet me @cateartios so I can have a look! Best of luck to you all.

  2. Before following the trail here from Cate’s recent ROW80 check-in, I’d never heard of a visual bio, Hunter. I’m glad to learn about it though. Thanks.

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