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5 Dos And 5 Don'ts - How To Write An Outstanding Bio?

Sep 15, 2008
Your bio is the most important part of your profile as it is a sample of what you actually have to say about yourself, instead of checking boxes. You should be honest, open and sincere. It's often difficult to know what to say about yourself, so think about what you want to write carefully before you start.

5 Dos:

1. Do accentuate your good points

Describe yourself in a string of less adjectives, but instead give examples that define your personality. Instead of writing "I'm really fun" (doesn't everyone think that they're fun), write "I like to go dancing and go to comedy clubs." If a member thinks that dancing and stand-up comics are fun, then they will think that you're fun. If a member doesn't like dancing or doesn't enjoy comedy clubs, they will disagree that you will be a fun date.

2. Do talk about what you're looking for in a relationship

This should already be part of your profile, but you should elaborate on what kind of connection you want to make with other members just to make sure that it's clear what your intentions are.

3. Do write about your interests

In your bio, you can talk more in-depth about your interests. Marking a box that says that you like to ski is different than writing that you've been skiing since you were a kid and you've participated in several competitions. Make sure you highlight which activities you are most interested in and which you occasionally enjoy.

4. Do write about your current life

Are you in school? Are you working? What are you studying in school? What kind of work do you do? Fill in some details of your current life without telling your life story.

5. Do talk about your goals

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What are you motivated to do? A good example would be, "I'm currently studying at culinary school and my goal is to be a chef at a five star restaurant."

5 Don'ts

1. Don't oversell yourself

The last thing you want to do is sound conceited. A little humility goes a long way. Someone who presents themselves as a nice person will be much better off than someone who just sounds like a narcissist.

2. Don't talk about your ex

Don't write that you recently got a divorce because your wife, the lying hag, cheated on you. Bringing up past relationships, particularly ones that ended so badly that you resort to name calling, will make your profile sound negative and it also might look as it you're not entirely over your ex.

3. Don't write anything cheesy

Writing that you like long walks on the beach will have people rolling their eyes, not sending you an message. Also don't post poems about how lonely you are or how your heart yearns for that one special someone. If you're a romantic at heart then let if come out in your profile naturally. Don't devote an entire paragraph to how you like to stare into your lover's eyes for hours on end.

4. Don't exaggerate

While you want to make members who view your profile think that you're interesting and intelligent, don't inflate your credentials. Being dishonest about where you work or how accomplished you are might make you sound more intriguing, but when your match finds out that you exaggerated or outright lied, it will most likely be the end of the relationship, no matter how promising it started out.

5. Don't make your bio difficult to read

It's hard for a member to read a gigantic block of text in your bio. Break the text into paragraphs and try to organize them neatly. It's one thing to say that you're intelligent, it's another to show it through a well-written profile. You should stay away from WRITING IN ALL CAPS or writing LiKe ThIs. It can be confusing and sometimes downright annoying.

Also make sure that you use spell check and proper grammar. Again, if you want to claim that you're intelligent, it's going to be more difficult to believe if you can't spell simple words. It takes a minute to run your bio through spell check and it shows that you care about your profile enough to put some extra work into it. Put in as much information about yourself without turning your bio into an essay. No one wants to get eye strain while trying to read about you.
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