What's your bio? One paragraph describing your personal/professional life

christine on October 01, 2018

I'm supposed to come up with a bio for a conference, and I wanted to get a gage on what the communities bios are like. Looking for thoughts an... [Read Full]
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Oddly enough, I had to write a bio for a conference this morning as well. I decided to keep it short and simple.

I took the third person approach along the lines of:

{Name} is from {City, State} where he/she works as an {Title} at {Company}. He/She has {#} years of experience with {Technology Name} with a focus on {Technology Focus}. In his/her spare time, {Name} enjoys {Personal Interest #1} and {Personal Interest #2}.

 

And here is what I came up with using your format:

Christine is from Omaha, Nebraska where she works as a full stack Ruby on Rails engineer at Flywheel, WordPress hosting for creatives. She has 12 years experience as a Java software engineer with a focus on APIs and micro-services and took the plunge into Ruby just this May. In her spare time she is an avid long form reader, lover of all true-crime podcasts and is attempting to work through the primary Ashtanga yoga series.

Thanks so much @rdumais

 

Thanks so much for the template! Sounds great and it hits all points I would think you would want to write about.

 

Here's my speaking bio:

Ali teaches people how to code at General Assembly. Before that, she was a software engineer working on data science web apps. She loves Python, JavaScript, and talking about code. She is most interested in the intersection of code, art, and social justice.

When Ali's not working, you can find her watching New England sports, competing on CodeWars, taking runs around Capitol Hill, rock climbing, or participating in DC coding community events.

Ali's current personal project is a blog called "The Zen of Programming" where she learns talks about code and her life surrounding it.

 

Always trying (not necessarily succeeding) to do the right thing. Often overextending myself. Preferring to be in the background but always subjecting myself to the spotlight. Dad, husband, developer, boardgame geek.

 

A good one paragraph bio for yourself is something only you can write. My Twitter bio is

Your friendly neighborhood anarcho-cynicalist. Taming bits and herding developers, aka CTO. ¯\(ツ)/¯ and (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻) are my two natural states.

I don't care if it's professional, but at least it represents who I am unlike all the "Father. Husband. Christian. Worse half of the wonderful @ilivewithemostboringdude" stuff I see all the time.

I do have one for conferences, which I think one of the organizers wrote after they didn't like what I sent them. Been copy/pasting that for CfPs, because it seems like the stuff they want. ¯\(ツ)

 

I do love a good emoticon, yours works great. I was waffling if I should keep it shorter.

 

On my site, I use a more personal approach: ("Hello! welcome to my homepage! I'm a web developer and ...."). On social media, LinkedIn and GitHub I'm more "direct": "Student of Systems Analysis and Development. Full-stack developer. Technophile (Android Enthusiast). Tattler on free time"

 

A good thing that occurs when someone asks me to write a bio, is that I start quesioning my life, career and hobbies.

I mean the "good" kind of questioning, that alsmost always leads to thinking about my goals and accompishments for a while.
Aaand of course then I have a hard time writing it...

 

I like to keep it professional, while also including some big hobbies of mine, usually something along the lines of:

Dan is a curious person who enjoys figuring out the building blocks of the world, and rearranging them to build something even better. My career is developing software, but my life is adventuring. Currently he is building infrastructure at Bloomberg, and is volunteering in his free time.

 

I think you can spend hours of reading other pll bios, there are hundreds of events and thousands of similar linkedin profiles.

I wish you good luck!

 
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