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How to make a good profile
An article for those with "profile block"
Why is a Good Profile Important?
Profiles act as a mode of communication between you and your reader. There wouldn't be profiles if there weren't people interested in reading them. Social networking has become a dominant use of the Internet today, and it's important to be able to present yourself in a way that interests people and has them wanting to know more.
Why do Profiles exist?
There are millions of Internet users. Millions. If you want to stand out, you have to stand out from the other few millions. Making a good profile is an excellent way to attract readers to your website, attract potential mates to your dating profile, and attract similar people to form a networking community with.
Okay, so how do I start?
Well, the first thing you have to do is figure out WHO you want to attract with your profile. Is it a profile for a business, your blog, your Facebook account, a dating site, or an online community?
The best way to learn how to make a profile is to start looking at other people's profiles on the site you want to set one up. See what's common in other profiles and try to work something similar into your own. The profile is a genre that can be learned, but you have to first identify the important parts.
The most basics things a profile will answer are:
- Who are you? (your name or alias, and often a picture)
- What do you do? (are you a student, working, retired. full-time mom, athlete, etc.)
- What are your interests and favorite activities? (do you enjoy sports, dance, tv shows/movies, blogging, or current events?)
- Why are you on this site? (who do you hope to meet or what are you looking for?)
- What makes YOU special? (Come on, everyone is unique, so there has to be something unique about you that makes you so interesting)
There are important questions to answer when creating a profile. Remember - people look at profiles all the time... you know that you do! The trick is to keep readers engaged and interested. Your profiles works to describe you but you should always try to stay positive when you are writing your profile. If you're a good person, why shouldn't you let other people know?
Your profile acts as a resume, you are trying to sell the good stuff about you to make new friends, accumulate new readers, or find true love. You need to let your personality shine through the page and let your readers know that you are an individual worth reading about.
Still having trouble trying to figure out something interesting to say?
Well, if that's the case, try answering an interesting question instead. If you have an area in your profile to add whatever text you like, try answering some of these fun questions:
- If you had to eat the same three meals for the rest of your life, what would they be?
- What is the most fun thing you have ever done?
- How often do you check your email?
- Do you remember the last time you were really happy?
- Do you exercise? If so, are you working toward any goals for yourself?
- Describe your perfect Saturday.
- What is your best feature?
- What is the most recent compliment someone gave you?
There are just a short list of examples of questions to ask yourself to give you a little push when writing your profile. Try to be captivating and make your reader feel like they're really getting to know you!