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Oct 31, 2014 17:22 |  #1

Hi,

I'm interested to hear other people's thoughts and suggestions on this as it's only really something that I've thought about over the past few days.

When I first created my photography website, I have also spoken about myself in the 'about' section in third person - as if someone else is talking about me. It was only when one of my friends viewed my website recently that he questioned why I had typed everything in the third person.

The reason I originally decided to talk about myself in the third person originally is because I saw many other photographers were, and still are, doing the same. But maybe this isn't the way to go. Since reading my about section since, I'm starting to doubt why I did so originally.

I'm interested in hearing other peoples thoughts on this. Do you talk in the third person when talking about yourself on your website? If not, why?


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Oct 31, 2014 17:35 |  #2

Personally, it drives me nuts. Try having your next, face to face conversation with someone entirely in the third person and see whether the other person punches you or not :p

It's not a natural way to refer to yourself; it would be fine if you were working through a managed site that was done by an agency of some sort, but if it's your own site, I wouldn't do it.


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Oct 31, 2014 17:56 |  #3

Snydremark wrote in post #17244492 (external link)
Personally, it drives me nuts. Try having your next, face to face conversation with someone entirely in the third person and see whether the other person punches you or not :p

It's not a natural way to refer to yourself; it would be fine if you were working through a managed site that was done by an agency of some sort, but if it's your own site, I wouldn't do it.

Good point. When I read my page again, I thought about the way a natural conversation is. I'm certainly thinking of changing the way it is written.


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Oct 31, 2014 18:54 |  #4

Consistency is essential. If you begin in first person then you should continue.

In general, first person is more personal/emotional/inf​ormal than third. If you want to reduce distance -- with all the advantages and problems -- use first person. If you want some distance -- again with all the consequences, use third.

If you want to be friend, use first. If you want to be a authority, use third.


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Oct 31, 2014 18:59 |  #5

I always thought third person sounded pretentious even if it wasn't intended that way. I prefer the more personal approach.


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Nov 01, 2014 20:08 |  #6

heyBJK wrote in post #17244624 (external link)
I always thought third person sounded pretentious even if it wasn't intended that way. I prefer the more personal approach.

Yep. Only a bio, for say being a speaker / presenter at a conference / seminar, should be in 3rd person.




  
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Nov 02, 2014 10:44 |  #7

Many thanks for your replies. Good to hear other people's views.


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Nov 02, 2014 15:34 |  #8

I think it depends on the image you wish to project. To me, writing about yourself in the 3rd person on your web page implies you're a larger organization or at least you're paying a 3rd party to maintain your site. Writing in the 1st person implies that you're a one horse operation and you're doing it all yourself. Either of these can be good or bad, depending on the type of client you're trying to attract.




  
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