1st edition — by Patrick McNeil — Aug. 7, 2007
The Design Element
The personal site might also be known as the ego site. These are sites that show lots of information about an individual. Often they combine a typical portfolio with other information about the owner. Things like a personal blog, photos, and other information that extends beyond what you typically provide for a normal job seeking portfolio type site. Yeah, many of these sites are intended to promote the individual in their career, but others seem to have an excess of information just for the sake of putting it out there. Probably for family and friends to consume.
Regardless of the purpose, these sites communicate a lot more about the individual then a basic portfolio and resume site. Extending the site to include other information really lets others get to know them a bit. In the hiring process this can be great if only for the purpose of making an accidental connection with the potential recruiter viewing your site. No recruiter would say they would pick someone for trivial reasons, but it seems that the potential to connect with them on personal levels like basic interests is rather powerful. If anything it shows them your a living person beyond your wicked CSS skills.