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mmm, informative?
rm mentions the struggle to write adequate bios when your life doesn't fit into a neat box, and it gets me thinking about my own efforts in that line through the years... which generally end up being evasive at best, because as I've said before I worry that my life doesn't even make sense to me, and finding a handle on it that anyone else would be able to relate to seems like an impossible ask. So, two-part question for the flist:

  • How would you write your own cover-copy sort of bio -- what are the high points you would be expecting to see covered, so far as "relevance to an audience" goes? Grade school, your current work, That Time At Band Camp...? What stories make up a life?

  • If you were trying to suss out my bio, based on a seven-year-plus history written up on a blog-site, what would that look like? What's in, what's out, what haven't I told you that you think I should have?


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knitchick1979 From: knitchick1979 Date: September 30th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
If I was going to write a bio right now it would probably be something like MJC is one of those rare breed born to be a cataloger and she doesn't want any other career (so don't think about putting her behind the reference desk). She is working on her MLS at Dominican University to help achieve that goal. When she's not at work or in school she can be found knitting, surfing the internet, cosplaying, or spending time with her wonderful boyfriend. She lives in the Chicagoland area.

I see a LOT of author bios (yeah I read those too!) and that tends to be what you see. Typically college/graduate degrees, where they live (usually very general), who they live with (wife, kids, cats, dogs, etc), and maybe a little background.

I'd say this is like writing in general - you need to read what's out there first to better understand it. The more you read the better you write.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: September 30th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Well, yeah, I read 'em, it's just... Idunno, they seem like kind of hollow gestures, to me; occasionally the stories are amusing in their own right (Spider Robinson's job guarding manholes, for example), but for the most part I find that I just don't see the bloody relevance in hearing about the 2.5 and the beachcombing gig. But then, I am also rotten at smalltalk...
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