Your personal bio, or biography, serves to highlight your creativity and uniqueness. You are unlike anyone else, so your bio needs to reflect those aspects, qualities and experiences only you have. In writing a creative personal bio it is vital to be honest, both with your prospective clientele and yourself – you do not have to be humble, but fiercely true to your background.
Some questions for you to consider when writing a sample bio, work bio or blog bio are:
- What do you offer?
- What experiences have you had that are unusual or unique?
- How long have you had these particular skills?
- Why do you love the line of work you are in?
- Who inspired you to get into this line of work?
- Who or what motivates you personally?
- Who or what spurs you on professionally – who do you admire or what site do you wish to emulate?
- How does your work benefit your clientele?
- What in particular do you or your product feel you offer that makes you stand out?
Taking some time to answer these questions thoughtfully will help you to work out what you ultimately need and want to say to let people know who you are. Remember that this is you marketing your most important product and service – yourself. It takes time to craft just the right persona that comes across easily and with a welcoming demeanor through the written word.
Once you have figured out what makes you special, it's just a case of putting the best bits together in a short, punchy statement. A sample bio may read like, “I began crafting with my grandmother when I was a small child. I was fascinated with the loops and whorls of the thread joining our fingers.” This gives people a taste of how you came to possess the skills you have. People love to feel connected to others and especially to someone with whom they want to work so be as descriptive as you are honest when writing about who you are in your creative personal bio.
Work bios are part of any creative personal bio. Remember, this is personal to you. It accentuates what you have done and why you are right for your career. Include anecdotes from clients or screenshots of work you have done. This is the time to illustrate the rich tapestry of your professional successes and choices. Look up the websites of people you admire to get an idea of work bio examples.
Whether or not you are a writer, you still have much to say. Most any website worth its salt has a blog that highlights its attributes. What is your blog about? What is its focus? What is your blog saying that is of value to your reader or target market? Put yourself in the reader's shoes and think of the questions you would want to know about someone if you were a reader. This should give you some needed insight. Thinking creatively about what you wish to say means you are thinking about what sort of things you want people to know about you. And in the end, isn’t that the whole point? Letting people know who you are and your value to them is key to any lasting relationship.