Something I’ve been seeing a lot around the blog world lately is a cute sidebar photo with a description. Instead of having a photo and a text description below, the description is part of the photo using stylized and colorful text.
I like this option because it’s much more unique. You can customize this to match your blog layout, giving your blog a more unified, put together look. It’s also more eye-catching and can make you seem more appealing as a blogger.
I put together my own sidebar photo last week, and I’m really liking it so far.
Want to learn how to make one of your own? Keep reading!
To make a great “about me” sidebar photo, you will need 3 things: a photo of yourself, a snippet of you & your blog, and a little creativity.
Your photo needs to:
- Be recent
- Actually look like you
- Not obviously crop anyone out
- Preferably be simple
- Represent YOU & what you do
If you don’t have a good photo of yourself and need to take a new one, I highly recommend getting someone to take it for you. Selfie bathroom shots do not make good sidebar photos!
Overall, you want your photo to represent your best self. What do you want people to think when they first land on your blog? The photo you choose is part of the image and brand your blog represents. Choose wisely!
“About Me” Text Options
What you say in your “about me” snippet is important. Too long, and people won’t read it. Too short, and you will leave people guesssing who you are. So how do you decide what to say?
The template I used in creating my snippet goes something like this:
Basic info I want others to know about me + what I blog about + my motto = my perfect snippet
This template let’s you understand obvious things about me: I’m 24, married, a runner, love coffee, and I’m a Christian. It’s also lets you quickly understand what my blog is about with simple catch words. And my motto is thrown in there to entice and help readers understand what my outlook on life is.
This template probably won’t work perfectly for everyone, though. I suggest you keep it as simple as you can while also showcasing what makes you unique or what you are proud of.
I suggest including your age because if you ever want to work with brands, they typically like to know how old you are.
Many choose to include where they are from, but since where I live currently is not where I’m from, I didn’t feel the need. Unless your blog is specific to an area, I don’t see it as that important.
Some other information you could include could be:
- Your hobbies
- Things you’re passionate about
- Why you started your blog
- Something that makes you unique
- A random fact about yourself
Another good way to think about it is, if you only had 15 second to tell someone about yourself, what would you say?
A Little Creativity
You’ve got a good photo? You’ve got a snippet? Now you’ve got to mesh the two together in a visually appealing way. Cue creativity! And a good photo program 😉
To create my image, I used Pic Monkey. Pic Monkey has so many great resources for photo building.
One of the tools I used was a “polaroid” frame feature to frame my head shot. You can pick from many other frame options or leave your photo frameless as well. You can give your photo different effects for fun too.
After I edited my photo the way I wanted, I copy and pasted that photo onto a blank photo document. (Not going to lie, I used Paint – old school, I know). I left enough space around that photo for the words I was going to add later.
I uploaded that photo to Pic Monkey and started playing with the words. I chose a main font and used six different “fun” fonts to make my wording stand out. I also colored the wording to match the color scheme of my blog and make the words stand out even more.
By making the text different fonts, different sizes, and different colors, it makes you want to read it more. It’s not all the same, so it calls to be noticed.
However, I wouldn’t get too carried away with the color/font choices. Stick to just a few fonts and colors. Too many differences, and your photo will start to look ugly or just distracting.
I hope these tips will help you create a killer “about me” sidebar photo! If you have any questions or want personal coaching on how to make your photo, feel free to email me at freeing imperfections at gmail dot com.
Questions for You:
- What appeals to you more: a sidebar image with text or the image and text separate?
- What do you currently have set up as your own sidebar information? What could you improve about it?