Is it better to write your profile using first or third person?

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  1. Jeremy Gill profile image92
    Jeremy Gillposted 8 years ago

    Is it better to write your profile using first or third person?

    First person seems more personal, but third person is arguably more professional. Which would you suggest?

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    I think it is an individual choice, and may depend upon the type of writing you do or the image you wish to convey.
    I prefer third person for my own, but one of the great things about HubPages is that you can always always edit.  You can change your mind, and your text.

    You are right about the "Personal vs, Professional". It depends on what you want to project.  I have written "professionally" -- ie. been paid to write, and also published a children's book, so I thought third person worked for me.
    As I said, it's not written in stone. You can change it if it doesn't seem right to you. I don't think it makes much difference in scores, views, earnings and such.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image92
      Jeremy Gillposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your wisdom, Rochelle. I agree; mine is first person for now, but as I develop into a more professional hubber, I may change it to third. And congrats on your book!

  3. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 8 years ago

    first person, I always say something about myself, I don't refer my username name as third person

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image92
      Jeremy Gillposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the input, peach. I can see advantages to both perspectives, so it's hard to choose. Still, it's probably not worth fretting over; the content is what really matters.

  4. sunilkunnoth2012 profile image57
    sunilkunnoth2012posted 8 years ago

    Though it is an individual choice and there is no hard and fast rule regarding this topic, knowledgeable people are of the opinion that using third person style is more fine and professional. I follow that advice.

    1. Jeremy Gill profile image92
      Jeremy Gillposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I appreciate the advice, Sunil. I'd like my readers to feel comfortable and like they really know who I am, but I don't want to appear unprofessional, either.

  5. M. T. Dremer profile image82
    M. T. Dremerposted 8 years ago

    Since you're trying to establish a relationship with your readers, I personally prefer first person. It just seems more personable and non-threatening. If a profile is too formal, people will either be bored by it, or they'll think you're too stuffy. Since most of the hubs here are personal interest, it definitely feels like an informal first person will catch more readers than one in third person.

    1. profile image0
      Laurie Viposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree and was going to say the same thing

    2. Jeremy Gill profile image92
      Jeremy Gillposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for the input, M.T. and Laurie. I definitely want to sound personable.


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