Your profile holds the potential to affect your readership base
5 ways to manage your profile to turn profile visitors into sticky readers:
A person maybe compelled to visit your profile if your blog he has landed on is interesting enough to urge him to find out more about you, to find whether you have any other blogs that would make a good read. So this fact should be understood very well that the 1st thing that is noticed in your profile is your blogs. In this scenario, owning too many blogs is okay till you have them regularly updated and just as interesting as the one profile visitor came from.
On the other side, the visitor might happen to be coming from another blog of yours that is not regular updated and/or offer quality content expecting to find something better. In this scenario, having too many blogs may have a negative effect if the “good blog” is not easily spotted. So, I suggest if you are experimenting with many blogs at a time, or have too many blogs but are seriously involved in a single blog, updating and maintaining it well and offering quality content then you should use dummy accounts for maintaining the other blogs. You should not let your experiments or try-outs become stones hindering your success.
Now, Let us assume you have separated the mainstream blogs from the rest of your blogs into separate accounts / profiles, and then the second thing that will get noticed in your profile is your “About-Me.” So you should explain who you are, what you are (and why you are, if any) very sensibly. Try to make the description compact, yet complete. You should write your “About-Me” in a way that you leave a similar impression on your profile visitor’s mind just as with the best post you ever published to the world.
Third, whether to reveal your age or not is a purely personal consideration, I believe. Displaying your age in your profile can only bring you some well-deserved appreciation for the talent you possess at your level. A similar consideration can be that of displaying your location in your profile. To know that quality is being sourced out from your very own city or state, can inspirit a profile visitor a good deal. He may talk about you somewhere, he may mention you and your blog on his own website/blog and may subscribe to your RSS feed as well. And for a profile visitor of some distant land, it will be good to know what part of the world is doing what “goodness.” You should be proud of yourself that you are brightening the name of your city/state in the “Blogosphere.” Age and Location are such components of a profile, that I feel can never negatively affect your readership base. But using them can, in some cases, do you much good than dropping them from your profile, as I try to bring out above.
Now we move on to the fourth point, i.e. whether you should reveal your personal contact information like email address and IM screen names, etc.? I think I should not even give my opinion on this. You better know and understand your level of comfort with the mails and IMs; how well you’d be able to handle them and manage to respond to them, etc. One thing that you should bear in your mind is that disclosing personal contact information should not be a breach into your privacy. Generally, keeping it to the blog comments is sufficiently enough, rather than disclosing your personal contact information in your profile. Responding to these comments positively and effectively at once is as good as responding to emails and IMs over the day or through the night!
Fifthly, you shouldn’t think about adding your favorite movies, music or books unless you review movies and music on your blog, or own a blog themed on literature. Great resources like some e-books that helped you or any similar things relevant to your blog’s theme can be shared, however. You may do that in a more effective way through a post on your blog, even.
I believe you all will agree that these little things can potentially affect the size and proportion of your readership in a great way. I hope you find this information helpful.
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