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On Writing Your Job on Your About Page

This week I realised that I could add an about page to my Micro.Blog blog and it could be longer than the mini about desciption in my profile (thanks @simonwood). As I was writing it, I did the classic thing that I’ve heard the folk at The minimalists podcast complain about. I used my job title to describe myself.

In facts, I used my job title as my primary description of myself. This is the natural and expected course of action. When we meet someone new, one of the first few questions is usually “and what do you do?” which really means _“What’s your job?” and potentially, “how much do you earn and are you worth my time”.

Well, the second part is the highly cynical take from the minimalists which I somewhat agree with. At the same time, if you do a 9-to-5 job, the chances are you spend 1/3 of your day doing that thing (then a further third sleeping) meaning you probably do spend most of your time doing your job.

My last job was a teacher, it’s a pretty well respected thing to include in your profile. People generally think teachers are okay but not necessarily useful for themselves.

My new job is a title I really like, “Content Writer” which is a way to say “copywriter but we pay you less” and it reflects a lot of what I like doing, researching and write. But in truth, it’s not a full representation of my character and what I do.

So I tried a different About page here, one that focuses on actions and personality traits I want to exhibit first rather than where my paycheck comes from. I’m sure I’ll revisit it and update it, but it’s a start.