Should Our Profile Pages Be Written in First or Third Person?

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  1. EricFarmer8x profile image96
    EricFarmer8xposted 4 years ago

    This question is something I was thinking about recently, and I figured I would ask to see what others think. I noticed some people wrote their profiles in third person. Is doing this recommended? I know HubPages recommends the author biographies be written in third person, but I am unsure about profile pages. Thank you in advance if you give a useful answer.

  2. Kierstin Gunsberg profile image95
    Kierstin Gunsbergposted 4 years ago

    I have mine in the third person. In general, I think that it looks more professional.

  3. Jessie L Watson profile image68
    Jessie L Watsonposted 4 years ago

    That's a good question. I feel like the odd man out after having seen many hubbers go 3rd person in their bio.

  4. Daniel Mollat profile image70
    Daniel Mollatposted 4 years ago

    Mine is in the first person. Is there any benefit in rewriting it in the third person?

  5. Rochelle Frank profile image91
    Rochelle Frankposted 4 years ago

    As Kierstin said, third looks more professional.

    Third person seems more objective, as in what an interviewer would write if they had asked you some questions about yourself. It also keeps you from using too many "I" sentences.
    It is a very personal choice, but try to look at it from a reader's point of view. It may depend of the focus of our articles, and what you want to accomplish.

    First person seems more "bloggy". Third seems more objective. (My opinion.)

    1. EricFarmer8x profile image96
      EricFarmer8xposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Third person looks as if it was written by somebody else and like you said it does seem to look more objective. First person looks like it written directly from the author and like you said feels more personal and blog like.

  6. DanieleRobbers profile image74
    DanieleRobbersposted 4 years ago

    If bios are recommended in the third person than I would say profile should be too.

    1. janshares profile image94
      jansharesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Ditto. I also prefer third person, sounds more professional.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        I tend to agree, but also consider the intended reader.  Profile bio's are very seldom seen by an organic reader; readers there are almost all from HP and likely from these forums.  Shouldn't it be more friendly, more person to person?

        But the bios on each article; those ARE seen by searchers and should be more professional.

  7. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 4 years ago

    I don't like third person. It's obvious they are written by the author but, to me, they often look stilted and contrived, and some are downright self-aggrandizing. I've seen some hilarious 3rd person bios on HP big_smile

    I much prefer first person because it's like the writer is just saying, "well, this is me..."

    It's a personal preference and no-one can say which is right or wrong. In academic work and high literary circles, it's always in third person, but then it's usually done factually and objectively.

    The main thing for anyone to remember is that whichever way you choose, the bio shouldn't have any grammatical errors in it. Nothing is worse than to see a writer describe themselves with bad writing. Having said that, I use a deliberate error in mine because I like it (arty and write-y) big_smile

  8. revmjm profile image86
    revmjmposted 4 years ago

    My bio and profile are both written in the third person. I agree with DanieleRobbers. If one is written one way, I think both should be that way for consistency if for no other reason,

 
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