This post is not a rant so much as a passionate request. Maybe because I’m a bit curious, or even nosy, but I want to know more about my fellow bloggers. And you’re not giving up much information.
For example. Are you male or female? There are times when the bio info is so vague that I can’t tell. Does it matter? Not really, but I would feel closer to the blog if I knew. I might have better insight to a post of yours, if I knew from which gender it came.
Now, if you state that your name is Christina, I’m pretty sure you’re female. But some people don’t list any names – first names or otherwise. And then, there are no photos.
Trust me, you probably can’t find anyone who hates having her picture taken more than I do. But the day two years ago when I started my blog, I asked my husband to take photos of me fake-cooking in my kitchen. (Cause I’m that creative.) Because I felt it was important and made my blog more personal. It was a day I’d had my hair done. Why not? Otherwise, my hair put up makes me look like a crazy heirloom chicken – I’m sure you’ve seen some of those in various posts. That’s pretty much what I always look like, except for 2 days every month, before I have to wash my hair and get out the giant clip once again.
I went through about 500 photos before deciding on the one I use in my blog. My husband does not understand why I can’t smile on cue. And just so you know, I absolutely cannot cook with my hair down.
In any case, I’m pretty much sure that I look like a girl in my photo. Or, at my age, I might be considered a gal… And with a name like Mimi, you’re pretty sure I’m female, or a grandma, which hasn’t happened quite yet. (In the US, many grandmas are called Mimi by their grand children.)
Anyway, I ask that you state your gender, please, and I personally love photos of bloggers. It just helps to put a face to the blog. Get your hair done or not – I don’t care.
And then, where in the world do you live? Does it make a difference? Yes!!! Why are you posting about fresh tomatoes when it’s winter? Oh, you might live in Australia, although you haven’t stated that in your bio. I just read a post about Switzerland, but I can’t figure out where the blogger, who’s maybe female, lives.
Sometimes the only clues are in the words, like if you’re writing about tins of tomatoes, and faffing with pastry, and discussing the colours of the vegetables… Okay, you might be living in the UK. Say so!
I personally love blogs when the writing is really difficult to decipher. I have so much respect for people who are multi-lingual. I know some French, and that’s the extent of my language skills beyond English. (Although I can order food and drinks in many languages.) But to write whole posts in a foreign language? Incredible. But please tell me where you live. I will only have more respect for you.
So, rant over. Just please put yourselves in my sabots, and read your “about” pages. If you want to be vague, I completely understand. But if you don’t mind, please add a little information about yourself. Not your address and passport number, just who you are, where you live. That’s all I’m asking. Thank you.
And now I’m going to add that I live in the US to my bio.