I’ve been blogging since 2005 without an “about page.” I was advised by a close friend that I NEED ONE before BlogHer.
“It is even more important that having pretty business cards and comfortable shoes,” she said.
I’m terrible at writing about myself.
My right brain tells me that “I am superior to most of humanity.”
My left brain says, “You’re the same as everyone else. Â No better, no worse… OK, probably worse.”
My solution to this dilemma — get someone else to write my “about page.” Â I know that I could hire someone to do it, but yes, I’m too cheap. Â Instead, I asked a family member and two close friends to write it for me.
Which “about page” would best entice new readers to come to this blog, or interest corporate sponsorship?
(written by Neil’s mother)
Neil was a frequent “citizen of the month” throughout grade school. He continues that fine tradition today by always helping the elderly across the street and rarely using filthy language in public discourse. Â He believes in diversity, Â liberal ideology, and he befriends all, no matter what the race, religion, or class. Â He respects women. Â He loves his mother. He’s a real mensch. Â If you are on Twitter, you should follow him. Â If you are a big company which offers good medical insurance, you should hire him. Â If you a nice girl, you should date him. Â Jewish preferred. Â He is a good writer. Â I still have the robot story he wrote in eight grade!
(written by Rhonda, VP, Anderson Public Relations, Santa Monica)
Neil is a brilliant writer and iphoneographer. He went to TWO prestigious and very expensive private universities and has worked at some pretty cool media-oriented companies that will make you go, “Whoa, he is someone worth knowing on Twitter” Â He has written for television, and frequently jets back and forth between New York and Los Angeles, like a bigshot. Â He is the blogosphere’s equivalent of Mr. Big. Â His world-famous blog is immensely popular, and is visited by some of the most influential people online. Â At BlogHer 2011, The Pioneer Woman came up and said hello TO HIM, not the other way around, and he then told her, “I’ve never read your blog. Â What’s the link?” Now that’s cool! Â What confidence! Â Neil is six feet tall, still has his hair, and was once told by someone online that he gives “the best sext on Gtalk EVER.”
(written by Jennifer, PhD Candidate, Feminist Theory and Media Studies, McGill University)
Neil is a heterosexual white male who owes all of his accomplishments to his excessive privilege, the only true hardship he ever encountered being his barbaric circumcision. As an only child, his parents pampered him and paid for his education, his sole financial contribution during college being a work/study job as a stockboy at the university library, where he goofed off in the stacks and read political science books, taking the position away from marginalized students of color who truly needed it. Most of his future jobs were attained either through nepotism or connections within the “old-boy” power structure. Â Blind to his own sexism and racism, his frequent use of the obsessive “male gaze” in his iphoneography adds fuel to our society’s repression and violence towards women. Â Despite his frequent calls for diversity in the blogosphere, his blogroll does not contain a single link to a transgender writer, nor has he ever dated one. Â Neil’s yearly presence at a conference geared for the advancement of women signals a continued need for male domination and female subordination in the cultural realm of creativity and intellectualism. Â He has been heard, more than once, arrogantly calling American’s Native Americans as “Indians.”