I wanted to re-write my bio, and then I was like like “…wait, why do I need a bio?”

I’m not a celebrity.

I dont have endorsements, millions of dollars from selling my product, or a reality television show (whether or not that makes you a celebrity is a totally different argument).

But I am a girl, with a website, and a desire to write about things that I like, whether they’re social, personal, political, or religious. I host my stuff in my MilaClarke.com hub of Mila things, and although you can get to know me through my work, what’s a writer without a bio? How do you know where she’s going to go, if you don’t know where she came from?

Someone read my bio out loud to me one night last year, and I felt really fake, and static ever since. I felt stuffy, like someone was reading a description of me from what it probably says on my chart at the therapists office.  I’ve been brainstorming for weeks: “How do I tell a story about myself without telling a story about myself?” I’m still stumped. I don’t know what people want to read in a bio, and that’s weird to me because I know tons about branding, and that’s one of the first things I should know. I know how to tell everyone else’s stories but my own.

But it’s completely in the back of my mind.

Maybe it’s because I always had this dread about writing my bio. “What if it makes me seem like I’m dead? “Should I write it in 3rd person?” “Doesn’t everyone who’s a writer know that they loved to tell stories since they were one years old?” Yeah…dread.

I think this weekend I’ll start with my roots. I’ll take a notebook to the park, and I sit on a bench with some headphones, and maybe a few Death Cab For Cutie songs before I really get to feeling like there’s a story about me worth telling. I know it’s in there somewhere, I just don’t know how to start digging it up.

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Mila is the author of Hangry Woman and a type 2 diabetic, trying to navigate her new world. She lives in Texas with her Husband, Bryan, and her pup, Lily. She loves to talk to her readers, so find her on social media and say hello!

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