The Weekly Smile – Writing a bio in third person

My weekly smile is a little different this week. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed a challenge, related to my book project. This challenge actually had me both smile, and laugh out loud many times. I’ve been reading hundreds of bio’s (that was the most hilarious part,) and articles about how to write a bio, these past few weeks. I realize I’m going to need something new, and fresh for my book. I’ve always written my about page, and other bio’s in first person. After my research, I’ve decided to write in third person. This might not be the finished product, but this is what I have so far. I’ve written this for the intended audience for my guide book The Desert Around Las Vegas – A Guidebook To Amazing Day Trips In The Mojave Desert (to be released later this fall.) I imagine this person to be a working professional visiting Las Vegas, that travels for work and/or pleasure. He/she enjoys to experience unique nature, maybe as a hobby photographer, hiker, or other outdoor enthusiast.

Did I miss something that you would like to see in a bio? Input is always appreciated! ❤

(Revised version at the very end!)

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Maria is a teacher, gardener, explorer, photographer, author, blogger, and crazy horse girl! She currently lives in Las Vegas (NV.) Maria grew up in the mountains, outside a ski resort. For a while in the 90’s she seriously thought about becoming a snowboard PRO. There wasn’t so many girls snowboarding back then. Due to a high number of friends that got seriously injured, while they were snowboarding, she decided to follow one of her other passions. She became a baker, and worked as a baker for 9 years. Until she decided to go back to school, to become a teacher.

She loves horses, and have fostered many rescue horses. At one time she had 17 rescue horses in her pasture. Observing wild horses in the wild, is one of her favorite activities. Camera in hand of course. In 2013 she published a book about Nevada’s Mustangs. She is a country girl at heart, currently trapped in the city, working towards her goal of a small homestead. She believes that you are what you eat; mind, body and soul. She enjoy growing her own food, and she spent five years in California learning about organic gardening.

Maria has a BA in Early Childhood Education. She has enjoyed exploring the world with young children as a kindergarten teacher, preschool teacher, nanny, 4H leader, tutor, and horseback riding instructor. She absolutely loves books, and read a lot, but believe in learning by doing. Making learning fun for her young daughter is a high priority. She homeschool her daughter via a hands-on, project based curriculum, that suits her learning style, and interests.

Thanks to her grandma Agnes, she entered the magic world of photography when she was five years old. Maria’s gypsy soul have taken her to 48 US States, and most countries in Europe. You can find prints of Maria’s best photos in her gallery. (Safely purchase prints with any credit card, via Fine Art America. World wide shipping.) She loves going on weekend road trips to attend horse events, explore amazing nature, and ghost towns. You can follow her adventures, projects, and photography via her blog sagittariusviking.com.

My mission as a photographer and blogger, is to share my strategies for a mindful lifestyle, with a close connection to nature and animals, using my photos and stories as a medium for inspiration. – Maria Jansson

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My first drafts are known to be way toooooo long, so I worked a little more with my bio, and below is the second edition. Behold, only two paragraphs! LOL

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Maria is a teacher, avid gardener, explorer, photographer, author, blogger, and crazy horse girl! She currently lives in Las Vegas (NV.) She grew up in the mountains, outside a ski resort. For a while in the 90’s she seriously thought about becoming a snowboard PRO, but she decided to follow one of her other passions. She became a baker, and worked as a baker for 9 years. Until she decided to go back to school, to become a teacher. Maria has a BA in Early Childhood Education. She has enjoyed being a kindergarten teacher, preschool teacher, nanny, 4H leader, tutor, and horseback riding instructor. 

Thanks to her grandma Agnes, she entered the magic world of photography when she was five years old. Maria’s gypsy soul have taken her to 48 US States, and most countries in Europe. She loves horses. At one time she had 17 rescue horses in her pasture. Observing wild horses in the wild, is one of her favorite activities. Camera in hand of course. In 2013 she published a book with some of her observations. You can follow her adventures, projects, and photography via her blog sagittariusviking.com.

 

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17 Comments on “The Weekly Smile – Writing a bio in third person

  1. A great start, Maria, but it seems a tad long. I would also suggest limiting the details to your outdoor experience. Most folks generally won’t read much more than a paragraph or two. 😉

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  2. I enjoyed the entire post. What the above commenter is suggesting is a synopsis, or abstract, noting only the most essential aspects of what you wish to convey. That is useful, if you are trying to reach a new audience, or if you wish to attract people whom you know are busy (probably urban) professionals. Having known you, online, for a few years now, what you have to say is inherently a draw, regardless of length.

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  3. This is a great smile! I’m not a very good critic as I just love everything. Lol 😀 I’ll let others make suggestions, as I enjoyed reading and learning more about you. 😉

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  4. Great drafts! I didn’t know you were a baker!

    I’m not a professional writer but know that your bio should be shorter… but with your fascinating life… it will be hard.

    Good Luck!

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