I usually tweak my bio now and then, but with my card sorting book coming out soon (yes, really – March) I want to have a better look at it – after all, it will be on the printed version forever.
It made me think about the point of a bio and what you really want to learn from it. Mine at the moment sort of tries to tell a bit about my experience, a bit about my personal approach and some of what I want people to know so I can do more of it (i.e. teaching!)
But is that what you want to know when you read someone’s bio? How important are these:
- Time in the current industry or doing the current work (I have 9 years up, and it feels strange…have I been at this long enough to be less specific?)
- Types of systems I’ve designed (intranets, websites, applications, e-commerce, search). Does that matter? Or is that actually the most important thing?
- Who I’ve worked with. I never include this – do you trust me more if I’ve worked with big-name brands?
- My approach or philosophy. I care about this when I read other people’s bios, but do you?
- What I do when I am not working? Does that make me look human, or get in the way of what you really need to know?
Ah, this is all too hard. And I teach people how to write. Now while I wait for your comments to pour in, I think I’ll go take some of my own advice.
And if you’d like to tell me about your favourite bio (of someone else), that would be fantastic!