My own biography, 1st or 3rd person?

+9 votes
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I am thinking of going ahead and starting on my own biography. Should I write it first person, me talking about me... or would it be more appropriate to write it in third person so that in the future, after I've gone on, it will be as if someone else were writing about me? I've seen it done both ways on active profiles. I'm leaning toward third person.
WikiTree profile: Luther Brown
in Policy and Style by Luther Brown G2G6 Mach 9 (90.7k points)

4 Answers

+9 votes
It's entirely up to you. :)  Try it both ways, and see which you prefer.
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+10 votes
I tend to prefer 3rd person as that applies to all profiles and is indeed more future proof. But as Ros says: whichever you prefer really.
by Michel Vorenhout G2G6 Pilot (209k points)
Leslie did his profile in the 3rd person so that when he dies only the death date will need to be added.
+5 votes
Pres Jimmy Carter did 1st person

Kirk Douglas did 1st person

Betty White did 1st person
by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (582k points)

Wikitree profiles are a different from published autobiographies, however. First person makes sense while the person is alive. But after a person's death their profile becomes just another wikitree profile, a collaborative effort editable by others, not an autobiography, and should be in the 3d person.

I think the key is the word fragment "auto" - that says it's about yourself, so it's appropriate to speak from the "I".  Biography, however, is about someone else, ... even if you write most of it about yourself, on WikiTree we call them ALL "biographies" and someday, somebody else may contribute to yours, so it would be good to maintain consistency.  I vote for 3rd person.
OR -- you could do it both ways.  Add a to-be-revealed-later sentence to the effect : "<!-- Name wrote this about him/her self: -->  (biography in first person)".

As it is 100% first-hand knowledge about yourself, which nobody knows better than you do, no future editor should be altering it to conform to their own standard/s.  Add to it, making it clear such is a later addition, yes, but altering or removing it?  No.
+5 votes

Be really different, and do it in second person! wink

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (431k points)
Love the way you think, Greg!!!
You know ...You know ... You know ... perhaps not.
Or be grandiose and do it in first person plural...
Maybe we need to invent a fourth person declension specifically for this purpose.

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