Personal Bios

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  1. Will Apse profile image91
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    Completely out of touch here, probably. I thought there was a way to create customised biographies for particular hubs. I also thought that this was a requirement for the new niche sites.

    I have dug through the learning center and can find nothing on the subject.

    Is this customised biography feature a figment of an overly fertile imagination?

    Or is it real?

    If so how do I implement it?

    Alliterative answers appreciated.

    1. Kylyssa profile image94
      Kylyssaposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      The bios are a place for you to declare you aren't an article spinner or someone who writes on topics he knows nothing about after a few minutes of Internet research by explaining why you write on a particular topic.

      I know it isn't much of anything effective but they were trying.

      Something you should know about the feature is that it doesn't affect what three hubs get featured in the bio box on each hub. For instance, the bio I use on all my hubs about homelessness is the same, yet the three hubs featured in the bio box on my homelessness hubs are not necessarily other hubs with the same bio. The same goes for my other bios. It's even the case for the bio that goes only on the chapters of a science fiction novel I'm serializing. The only things I've written that are relevant to that particular bio are the chapters to the book, yet random hubs of mine on whatever subject show up linked in that bio's box.

      1. M G Del Baglivo profile image93
        M G Del Baglivoposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Disclaimer: I'm new to HP and don't plan to contribute any more work until I see how my several Hubs survive this niche-assignment process.

        That said, could someone explain to me who will judge the bios attached to each article as appropriate or not for the Hub.

        I'm sorry if this question is too elementary.  Thanks.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image98
      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I see you've already received most of the info you were looking for here, but I'd also like to add that bios are not a strict requirement for niche sites. They are just one of many factors we'll be looking at. But they do help in that they provide the chance to add credibility and demonstrate trustworthiness, which is something we're putting more focus on for the new sites.

      1. Will Apse profile image91
        Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thx for the info.

        Could I suggest asking Venkatachari M for the right to copy and paste his howto into the Learning Center? There is no info on bios there.

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          +1  smile

          1. Will Apse profile image91
            Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Ten out of Ten for tenacity in alliteration by the way... lol.

      2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Then why am I already seeing a hub on TatRing that has no bio, only 10 articles and only 2 followers?  Where's the credibility there?

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Will, why would you worry with writing bios?

      I quickly checked several of your hubs and the bios look good - they relate to the topic of the hubs you use them on.

      Peter Piper is proud of your profile and perfect personal bios.  smile

      1. Will Apse profile image91
        Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I could probably persuade you that I was blind Chinese monk with super human powers of levitation if I had to, but I would not enjoy doing it...

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image96
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          lol  I love your sense of humor. Signing off now. Goodnight.

  2. Glenn Stok profile image99
    Glenn Stokposted 2 years ago

    Will, you can create and manage bios for use in your hubs by clicking to your account page and then select "About the Author" at the top. When creating a hub in edit mode, you can also select which bio you want to have appear in that hub.

    The important thing is to make the bio relate to the hub or else HP will disallow usage of your bios according to the TOS. Feel free to see examples of how I wrote my biographies so that they relate to topics of my hubs.

    The original blog about this is here... http://blog.hubpages.com/2015/06/25/com … ographies/

    1. Will Apse profile image91
      Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that. Also thanks to Venkatachari M for such a lucid howto.

      To be honest, I was hoping someone was going to say 'they abandoned that feature long ago.'

      I don't think that you can tell someone what an authoritative writer you are and expect them to believe you. You actually have to demonstrate the fact in the pages that you write.

      But what do I know...

      Edit: To staff: when someone goes to the learning center and uses the browser to search for 'bio' or 'biographies', it would be best if something relevent could be found

      1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image97
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Be aware that you can only have 25 bios.

        1. Will Apse profile image91
          Will Apseposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          25? lol. Probably best not to discuss it.

  3. Venkatachari M profile image29
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    Yes, click my account and then click "about the author" and land into your personal biography settings. There you can add new "bio". Biography should tell what are your abilities or knowledge for writing particular kind of topic related hubs. So, if you have diversified qualities and qualifications and interests in different types of subjects, you can create as many bios for each one type of interest or qualification that is applied for various types of hubs. Each bio can be associated with as many hubs as you wish by adding those hubs. When you create a bio, it will show up the hubs to be added into that bio in the left hand column. You need to drag and drop it into the right hand column for associating it with the bio. When all your hubs are added like this to all of your bios, the left hand column will become blank. It means that you have added all the hubs and nothing is pending.

    1. Solaras profile image96
      Solarasposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for this easy How To - I got it done in a few minutes.  Without your help, I would have puzzled an hour!

  4. SmartAndFun profile image97
    SmartAndFunposted 2 years ago

    I just can't muster any enthusiasm to fool with customized bios.

    What is the penalty if we blow it off completely?

    1. paradigmsearch profile image89
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      I put in mine, "Author hobbies include dissecting cats and clubbing baby seals on weekends." So far, hasn't been a problem.

      1. SmartAndFun profile image97
        SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        lol lol lol

        Do you mind if I just copy-paste yours?

        1. paradigmsearch profile image89
          paradigmsearchposted 2 years agoin reply to this

          big_smile

          How about for your recipe hubs, "More smart and fun recipes available on profile."? smile

          1. SmartAndFun profile image97
            SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

            Good idea! Thanks!
            Now I just need to do it.

            I finally approved all those 150-or-so comments a couple of weeks ago, now I just need keep that momentum going and write bios. Ugh. I've never even checked my edited hubs to see how they were changed. I don't know what my problem is; I think it's just that I'm tired of the constantly changing hoops to jump through.

            You have always been a source of encouragement, though. I appreciate it.

  5. Jesse Drzal profile image96
    Jesse Drzalposted 2 years ago

    It only allows room for a few sentences. I would do it for related hubs. Why wouldn't you?

    1. SmartAndFun profile image97
      SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Because I don't feel like it.

      1. profile image0
        calculus-geometryposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        I feel the same about it, but I think their importance depends on the topics you write about.  Nobody is going to get sick or injured from solving a math problem wrong, so who cares about my qualifications and experience?  But if I write about curing cancer with peppers I think the reader deserves to know if I am a doctor or just play one on TV.   I think it increases the likelihood of having your hubs shared if your bio reassures the reader.

  6. Jesse Drzal profile image96
    Jesse Drzalposted 2 years ago

    Google frowns upon baby seal clubbing, paradigmsearch

  7. Jesse Drzal profile image96
    Jesse Drzalposted 2 years ago

    Then don't I guess. I don't feel like doing a lot of things either.

    1. SmartAndFun profile image97
      SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      My question is if there is a penalty for not doing any bios at all, other than the original one I did many years ago when I joined the site.

  8. Jesse Drzal profile image96
    Jesse Drzalposted 2 years ago

    Probably so I would assume. But people assume too many things. Maybe someone can chime in with the actual clarification. It is a good question.

  9. Jesse Drzal profile image96
    Jesse Drzalposted 2 years ago

    You can do one across many hubs..It's really not a big deal. It just looks more pro..why would you not want to provide more info about yourself?

    1. SmartAndFun profile image97
      SmartAndFunposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Because in a few weeks we will be told to re-do them or scrap them or otherwise change them.

  10. Solaras profile image96
    Solarasposted 2 years ago

    Since it only allows for 140 characters, don't worry about wasting too much time creating a bio. That is one simple sentence. I'm not sure how much credibility you can cram in there.

  11. agilitymach profile image97
    agilitymachposted 2 years ago

    I didn't know about this.  I was on hiatus when it came out.  Thanks for asking about it, so I could go and create mine. smile

 
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