I’ve recently been rewriting some blog bios and wanted to capture key points to include. It’s generally good to have a bio of varying lengths (one sentence, 100 words, 250 words, etc). Numbers 1 and 5 below are required and can be squeezed into one sentence if necessary.
- The first sentence should include your name and clarify what you do, and for whom (your audience).
“My name is Kevin Barefoot, and I am a technical writer and product support manager who operates Barefoot Consulting, a freelance business that helps Vancouver-area software companies plan and manage documentation and support.”
- The second sentence should indicate key professional achievements (including awards, degrees, memberships)
“I hold a degree in writing from the University of Victoria, and for the past ten years have worked at Creo and then Kodak as a technical writer and product support manager where I ensured that software products met business goals by managing service through the stages of alpha, beta, and production.”
- The third sentence should indicate what differentiates you from the competition.
“I have spent significant time learning from and helping end-users, and defining an overall support plan covering areas such as: service risks, tools, and profitability; beta programs; end of life or migration; documentation; training; translations; call reporting; and maintenance requirements.”
- The fourth sentence should indicate what you are working on now, or interesting side projects.
“Lately I’ve become interested in using social media tools to deliver service and support.”
- The fifth sentence should include your contact information.
“You can reach me at kevin dot barefoot at gmail dot com or @kbarefoot.”