Coffee Drinking, Bacon Inhaling Ninjas

Friendly twitter ninja. Coffee scholar. Bacon junkie. Thinker. Music aficionado.

Subtly charming coffee expert. Friendly thinker. Total music ninja.
Wannabe pop culture specialist.


 

Our online bios are all starting to sound the same.  Future anthropologists will think that we only consumed bacon, drank coffee, and were actually a generation of ninja warriors.

It’s a shame.  A world full of interesting people, each with their own “thing,” are being whittled down to a generic one liner.

But how do you write something that truly captures who you are?  It’s not easy.

I’ve been struggling to write a bio that is truly me.  I recently turned to the web to find inspiration.  I found it.

Smart, simple, playful, effective, and fun.  Charlene D’Aoust decided to take the humble bios of her colleagues and rewrite them in a blog post, titled: “10 Reasons Why I Love Working at 88 Creative.”  She showcased their unique skills and shared what she admired about each person.  She did an incredible job.

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10 Reasons I Love Working at 88 Creative (to read full post)

 

These bios give a sense of each person – their strengths professionally and what people love about them personally.  They also show that quality writing can breathe life into something that’s usually mundane.

Thank you, @charlene_daoust!  My notebook now includes snippets of your post.  Lines I love, notes about tone and how you structured each bio.  More inspiration as I work to craft my own.

 

This week, take a look at your bio.

Does it reflect who you are as a person?  If it does, that’s great! They aren’t easy to write. If your bio doesn’t,  maybe it’s time to rework it a bit.

Find three bios you love.  Search organizations that share the same values or interests as you.   Look up people who inspire you.  Whatever you do, don’t Google, “How to Write a Good Bio.”  You won’t find yourself there.

Yes, you’ll be lurking a bit but those three bios will say a lot about you.  You’ll likely be drawn to a writing style that matches your personality.  Maybe you’re a laid back kind of guy and will like bios that are short, humble, and easygoing.  Or you might come across a bio that describes your values and skill set in an artful way.

It’s hard to write about yourself.  But it’s easy to see yourself in someone else’s writing. Learn from them and make it your own.

Once you’ve reworked your bio, read it to a friend, family member, or colleague.  You’ll know you’ve hit the mark when they say, “that’s so you.”   If they don’t, ask them to choose one word to describe you.  Figure out a way to have it come through in your writing.

You may be thinking that what I’m suggesting is too personal and unnecessary.  It leaves us in a vulnerable place.  Why does someone need to know that I like chick flicks?  Why? Because someone else will say, “so do I!!”  Relating to each other is what humans do.

Without a little vulnerability, we’re just a bunch of coffee drinking, bacon inhaling ninjas.