The Proofreader's Parlour
A blog for editors, proofreaders and writers
Hat tip to my colleagues Averill Buchanan and Wendy Toole for alerting me to about.me.
This is a sharp little platform that enables you to create a 1-page website in minutes.
If you already have a website then this is just another tool with which to advertise yourself online. If, however, you've not got round to building a website and are a little nervous about taking the plunge, or you're pushed for time, then about.me may be just the ticket. There's enough room to include the key selling points of your business, your social media links and a background image for extra interest. You can play around with the colour scheme and font styles, too, in order to get the look you want.
The screenshot below shows how I designed mine. I decided to include a couple of testimonials, a short summary of my proofreading services and skills, social media buttons, and some key links. I used the same colour-way that I've adopted for my Twitter, Facebook and website profiles. Averill has a fabulous background picture of one of her "business" bookshelves and Wendy has opted for a really attractive nature theme and also embedded favicons next to her core links.
It takes only minutes to input the basics using the toolboxes, so if you're a little nervous with technology there's no need for concern. It's simpler than setting up a Facebook or LinkedIn profile in my opinion - easy to navigate and edit, and no intrusive adverts or messaging that I can see so far.
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