I now fully feel like I’m one of Tyler Durden’s minions from Fight Club. I’ll never forget the night Tyler (played by Brad Pitt) implored his followers to all go out and get in a fight with a total stranger… and of all things: lose. Watching a clip from the movie will tell you it wasn’t all that easy. Ok, wait. I’m not actually engaging in any sort of urban terrorism here. This is just blogging. Edu-blogging. Coaching from afar. Connecting. And today… telling folks about me. I wonder if Steve Dembo has ever thought of himself as Durden. Here’s me: betting that he hasn’t.
However, Mr. Dembo certainly is putting the edublogosphere, and anyone else who cares to read, on assignment. Today’s “assignment” comes as part one of thirty in the “Thirty Days to Being a Better Blogger” series. Now this is one ambitious task. I feel particularly giddy if I roll off more than one post in a week. And the assignment for day one: the “About” page. Seems simple enough. However, even though this page comes complete in nearly any readymade blog theme, few people capitalize on it. Reading today’s post at Teach42 made me a believer in the importance of this page in any blog.
“…when you get right down to it, the About page is absolutely critical to a blog. It provides visitors insight into who the author is, what they can expect to see on the blog, and what sort of lenses the information is being viewed through.” ~S.Dembo
So be sure to fix up your About page in the very near future. I would expect a few folks might even pay a bit more attention in the near future. Actually, when you think about it, you have likely already tapped this page on any blog I have pointed you toward already. Think about it. Have you? Be sure to check out the pages in the blogroll on the lower half of the right column here. They are all huge references for me. It might be good to scan a few of those to see how they let their readers know who and what they can expect to read there.
I do hope the next twenty-nine assignments stay as far away from the “Fight Club” list as possible… I’m way too out of shape for that kind of battle. Anyone care to play along here with me?