Here and there in this site, I get that you should have your own website. It is one way to networking, making you standing out of the crowd. It can also be your extended version of CV or SOP, helping others knowing you more.
But what about the information that is discouraged to have in such documents? For example:
- Contests. A math contest indicates that you can solve hard problems, but it doesn't say anything about your research ability. A chess contest is worse, it doesn't even relate to your field.
- Volunteer activities.
The main point is that they show that you are not investing your time properly. But does this contrast to the "a place to show yourself more" point?
And how about putting things like life objection, music I like, drawing my kid draws, etc? These are obviously not suitable for a CV, but they are just hobbies. Everyone knows that investing your time on this isn't a bad thing for your career, but a way to balance your life.
- Is web-presence important for researchers?
- Are participations in competitions well recognized for a Ph.D. application?
- Can I include the completion of Udacity and Coursera classes I have attended in an academic CV?
- Why are contributions to the education of the broader public not valued much within academia?