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Holly's Helpful Hints - Writing An AMAZING Community Bio

If your profile picture is your face in the community, then your community bio is your persona. It establishes who you are and sets the tone for how you will interact on the community, while representing your passions and your expertise.

Community bios are short and snappy, so figuring out how to make every word count is important. There are essentially three parts to a community bio. Let's break them down:

This is who you are and how you relate to the Community. Share something professional and something personal. For examples, check out  the bios of a community manager or a community points leader. Feel free to borrow from their brilliance, copy & paste their bio format, then update with your details.
Once you've established who you are, the next step is to explain why you're in the Community. This helps other community members understand what your goals are for the site and for your own network. My "why" statement is:
I'm here to help create an online space in which community members can Learn, Engage, and Connect.
Your "why" statement can be short (like the example) or can be more expansive if you have lots of reasons for being in the community.

The final part of your bio is your "what" statement. This statement establishes what experiences and expertise you can offer your fellow community members. Using my bio as an example once again, you can see my "what" statement is essentially a giant generalization of my resume:
I have a Master's degree in Public Relations from Indiana University and over a decade of experience in community building and management for nonprofits.
The "what" statement is what helps people understand what kind of knowledge base you draw from when you respond or post in the community.

If you put the Who, the Why, and the What together, you will have a strong and compelling bio on community. Ready to update your Community bio? Go here to edit/update your profile.

Community Members, please share your tips on this topic in the comments below...

Got questions? Post them here.
Posted by Holly Herbert on Sep 28, 2017 8:30 AM America/New_York

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Great advice.  Not just for this community, but everywhere. 
  • Posted Thu 06 Apr 2017 12:04 PM EDT
Thanks, John!
  • Posted Thu 06 Apr 2017 12:56 PM EDT
John Heizer... my sentiments exactly!
  • Posted Thu 06 Apr 2017 01:35 PM EDT
Excellent ... I put a profile together using your brilliant advice. Thank you.
  • Posted Thu 28 Sep 2017 01:19 PM EDT
Thanks for another very helpful blog, Holly!
  • Posted Fri 29 Sep 2017 08:52 AM EDT
Bio has been updated - believe I followed your great advice!
  • Posted Fri 29 Sep 2017 09:48 AM EDT
Excellent Ideas!
  • Posted Tue 03 Apr 2018 11:20 AM EDT
  • Posted Mon 09 Apr 2018 02:43 PM EDT
Defiitelysomething to work on! Thanks for the tip!
  • Posted Wed 18 Apr 2018 06:13 AM EDT
I've been putting off getting involved because I felt I was too busy.  Boy, was I wrong!!  I have found information that has helped me in my position as a Development Stewardship Coordinator.  I will make more time for this community!!!
  • Posted Tue 24 Apr 2018 12:01 PM EDT