I am working on my bio. Again.
I’ve given up on counting how many times I have worked over my biographical information since my late teens. I could do a quick sift in my Evernote and see how many broken pieces of bios I have worked on in the past few years, but that would just distract me from getting the current bio done.
My current attempt to put myself into words uses my new favorite method for creating content: write a theme sentence, and then write at least 3 lines that expand on the theme sentence, and then rewrite the whole cluster into a (hopefully) coherent and grammatically correct paragraph. Some of the themes I am writing up now include having a very dynamic family, why writing is a major part of what it means to be me, and how I like to think of myself as ‘boring on purpose.’ When completed, this new ‘About Me’ bio will hopefully make it easier for you as a reader to understand me not only as a person, but as a writer, a trainer, and a maybe even a friend.
Until then, take a look at a more immediate example of myself that I created a few weeks ago. It was an exercise in trying to describe myself in as few words as possible for a creative way to very quickly introduce myself. You might want to try it for yourself. While I was shooting for ten seconds, it turned into My Twelve Second (& 27 Word) Bio, which goes as follows:
Human. Husband. Father of two. John and Pam’s oldest.
Introvert. Opinionated. Competitive. Compassionate.
Catalyst. Tough to get to know. Well worth the effort.
All around great guy.
Feel free to let me know what you think about my bio, or the bio your may (or should) be writing for yourself.