My workplace tries to get its employees to submit fun little facts about themselves and post them on the employee spotlight page of our agency’s intranet. Naturally, the willful side of my nature plugs its nose and refuses to do this. It seems a little too much like a meddlesome interrogation to me. I don’t want to say what my favorite restaurant is! You can’t make me! I figure my employers already own a good portion of my soul; they don't get to be privy to my innermost thoughts. And yet I’m always quick to notice the newest profile that pops up. I metaphorically unplug my nose and rapidly consume the personal details my fellow employees are more than happy to impart to the masses.
Recently a book blogger asked me to send her my media kit (for those out there unfamiliar with this terminology, this is a document that contains relevant information about my works as an author). I intended to copy my author bio information straight from my “About” page on my website when I was struck by how uninteresting my profile is. Uninteresting and stagnant, and that just will not do. I decided to add a few more details, mostly silly little asides about hobbies and such, but it led to the larger realization that I just don’t like my author bio page very much. It’s frozen, a petrified lump of humdrum facts that don’t reveal a whole lot about myself. I don’t want someone to read it once and never revisit it again. Instead I want it to always be a work in progress.
As much as I hate to admit it, maybe my employer is on to something with that whole employee spotlight thing. That being said, I encourage those of you who have visited my website before to take a second look at my author bio page. I’ve added a new section tentatively titled, “Life Picks of the Week.” It won’t be anything too world-shattering, just some observations and fun facts. I’ll change up the themes every now and then. Should any of you have a question you’re dying to ask me, just fire it off via the contact page and I’ll add it to the next roundtable of tidbits. Hopefully the responses will make you laugh and contemplate the things we all have in common, or, if nothing else, be comforted by yet more evidence that the world is full of weirdos, and we’re all in great company.