Thursday, August 26, 2010

Writing a bio

Have you ever sat down and tried to write a bio about yourself? If it's the first time for you it might be as hard for you as it was for me.
So, take a deep breath and look at the computer again or your favorite piece of paper and begin. Keep in mind your positive qualities. This isn't a time to share all your flaws. We all have them of course but when you are telling the public about yourself it's not the time to let all that hang out. Take a couple of deep breaths and think about what you like. I started with a simple set of Who, What, & Where, questions for myself, about myself. I had to actually just pull out a piece of paper and a pencil to compose. I've found that if I get the pencil out my thoughts seem to form easier. Maybe my muse lies inside the pencil lead.
So once you answer those questions pretty simply, begin to expound on them just a bit. If you are like me it will probably take about a hundred revisions, but keep at it and the thoughts will eventually turn into sentences that actually make sense to someone other than yourself. I like to talk and I write like I talk so I tend to go on a bit. If you are afraid of having too much to say like I am then ask a friend to be your editor. I already asked Suzanne Chace (@suedaisy of and my business partner to be my "ruthless editor". She said she would be happy to help.
I feel much better about where I am now with the bio. I have a good rough draft and can revise a couple of times before emailing it over to see what her response is.

So why am I writing my bio you might be wondering? Great question! I am thrilled to be the next host of #IDZinechat on Twitter coming this September 16th at 8:00 pm.

"We are sponsor-free as our interest is in creating an open-forum, in order to engage with consumers and to educate about all things related to the world of design. It keeps us unburdened with being beholding to any manufacturer or product. Why do we do this? We are interested in what you want to know about us, about products, about design problems to be solved, and to offer you great decision-making tools, regarding your projects."

~Wanda of Interior Concepts by Wanda S. Horton

I hope if you are struggling trying to pull together your resume' or a bio for your web page that you will remember one thing from this blog: Remain positive and list your strengths and the things you enjoy!
As always would love to hear your thoughts on this.



  1. Cannot wait to read the bio. Though I have a feeling it will all sound so familiar! I also will put September 16th on the calendar! Congrats on being selected as the next host.

  2. you gogrl! so very proud of you!

  3. Olivia, thanks for the kind comments to my blog! You are the sweetest - so that should be in your bio:-)I'm still learning how to respond to comments...sorry it has taken me so long. Anyway, love reading swaygrl.

  4. Fun! I am excited for you to be the next host! I always feel paralyzed when writing my bio but now I am a good standard that I tweak when needed!

  5. you just reminded me - I have to write my bio..
    it is hard !!

    Congrats on being the next host..