Should You Use a Real Picture of Yourself on Your Online Profile?

Selfie! I took a picture of myself to use for several online writing and tutoring sites
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Should your profile photo be of yourself?

Ideally, perhaps, your profile picture should be of none other than you, the author, the writer of your wonderful pieces of work. My gut feeling is that an actual photo of the writer probably projects a more professional image than does other options. While some post a profile photo of themselves with family members, such as a spouse or child, still others post a profile picture of their pet or pets. Some use cartoon characters, some use drawings, while others just allow the hubman with the hat to stay in the photo box that represents them.

Having said all that, I will concede that there are other reasons that writers might want to use another photo besides themselves.

Who is that guy, anyway? And why is he always wearing a hat?
Who is that guy, anyway? And why is he always wearing a hat?

What about a blank avatar?

Often, the blank avatar where no photo is added is seen with new hubbers who are just beginning. When that's the case, I assume that the hubber will soon upload a photo to replace the shadowy, mysterious avatar. Sometimes, though, the anonymity of the blank face is a great cover for spammers who come to HubPages solely for the purpose of posting their own brand of infomercials. I shy away from these folks.

The lack of a photo has turned me away before. Even if the faceless shadow isn't a spammer, there is just no personality there. I want to know that there's a real, breathing person writing that article. The hubman guy in the hat scares me away, I must admit.

Gizmo and me
Gizmo and me

What about a child or a pet?

What about using a child or pet as your profile picture? Hey, I'm all about cute kids and pets. Look at my Facebook profile photo of my dog and me. He's a cute little bugger, no doubt! HubPages is different to me, though. My personal aspirations are to become a full-fledged freelance writer, and I think that seeing a photo of the author is imiportant. I want people to recognize my photo as me, that particular writer, when they see it all over the internet. (Hopefully, they will see it all over the internet!)

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What about a cartoon character?

Again, I'll reiterate that I have nothing against children or pets, nor am I averse to cartoon characters. I adore Bugs Bunny, but I don't know how much credence I'd give to seeing a hub that he wrote recommending solid financial investments. Spiderman is cool, but I don't know about reading his recipe for pot roast. And Batman's poetry? Hmmm...not so much.

As a professional, I want to project a professional image, and a cartoon character doesn't do that for me. As much fun as I would have being recognized as Betty Boop, I just don't think it's a good idea. At least not for me.

Is your own photo more professional?

While debatable, using your own photo as your profile photo may be more professional. Do what you feel is right for you, though. I'm not trying to change anyone's hub profile picture. I follow some wonderful hubbers who choose not to use their own photos. I don't respect them any less as I know the incredible work that they produce. This hub is actually the result of a response to a question asked by another hubber regarding whether or not she should upload a photo of herself. So I got to thinking about it more.

To be honest, I love the pictures I see of babies and tots, of couples together, too . . . and anybody who knows me knows that I love dogs and cats. If you're more comfortable with a photo that shows something or someone important to you, I totally respect that. Having that kind of photo may say more about the person you are inside than would having your own photo. Am I sounding wishy-washy now? I'm just exploring, raising the question, which I think is an important one to consider, as your profile picture becomes a part of your online identity.


To each his or her own . . . .

Perhaps, also, there is a valid reason for the author having more of a sense of anonymity. For example, a hubber who focuses solely on pet hubs may choose a dog as his or her profile picture. Those who specialize in recipes might use an apron or spatula in their photos. It would make sense for someone who writes a lot of parenting articles to include pictures of children in the profile picture. Or perhaps a writer just enjoys flowers or music, and images that reflect those interests become the profile picture. Instead of your face being what is recognizable on your hubs, your photo choice--whatever you choose--perhaps becomes just as recognizable and just as effective. Perhaps my initial gut feeling was a bit off.

While having a photo of yourself that is recognized in the broader freelance world might be seen as more professional than a photo of someone or something else, I admit that there are other reasons that a writer might want to use something besides his or her own face. I might change my mind, too, and just embrace Betty Boop! My only firm recommendation is that you just please stay away from the gray hubman with the hat!

I've explored the question, looking from different angles. I'd love to get your opinions on this subject in the comment section below.


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Wesley Meacham profile image

Wesley Meacham 4 years ago from Wuhan, China

I have to agree with you that using your own photo looks more professional. That was what I thought when I chose my own userpic. I wanted people to recognize that this was a real person. For this same reason I also felt I should use my own name. In part I want to create an image here. And I have plans that go well beyond hubpages where using my own name and face will be important. I also tend to pay more attention to hubbers who use their own photo though I've noticed that there are many hubbers who have great content and who are widely respected who use other avatars. The reasons they have for this may be as valid as my own.

The one thing I would not suggest is changing avatars. I think that after someone has built up a reputation and a following the picture can be as powerful and useful as the name. People will recognize it and associate it with the quality that they already expect from the specific writer.

I also don't like the hubman picture because to me it gives a sense of being temporary. If someone hasn't changed the hubman to a photo of their own choosing then that says to me that they aren't serious about being around that long.

In the end of course, as you pointed out it is a personal choice.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a great article Victoria. I think that the use of a real photograph is a very good idea. On the web, everything is about branding and creating your "Image" for people that have no way else to build a favorable "Profile" of you. Having a brand is imperative for anyone wishing to sell on the web.

Voted Up.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Agreeing with you here Victoria and with Wesley. I put my own picture up right away, and my name is on my profile. I even used another photo in a Hub I used about trying to be a voice-over artist.

The only reason I would not use a photo might be if I wrote and/or read in the political/religious area, which I avoid like the plague. Things get heated there and the Hubman image might be needed for self=preservation.

Up all the way!


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Bedbugabscond 4 years ago from United States

I use a profile picture of two kids overlooking a pond. No faces, but a nice image. When I see a shadow on a new Hubber I can forgive it. But if I see one on a Hubber who has been around awhile I usually hop past their hub.


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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

I like the professional look also. A photo of yourself let's people know who you really are. Actually, I have a tendency to ignore writers that use cute photos, cartoons, avatars, and kids. Most times I won't bother even looking at their articles much less take the time to read their writings.

Good hub as usual. voted up +


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

Great article Victoria. Voted up and interesting! I agree whole-heartedly that pictures are part of personal branding.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Victoria... I must admit that I think as you do on this subject...I'm in full agreement.

However, I also think I can understand any number of reasons individuals may have for not wanting to post their own photo.

For my first 7 or 8 months, I had a pic of 2 of my grandchildren as my bio pic....BECAUSE, I didn't have a single picture of myself in my picture file.....WHY? I hate having my pic taken and I don't like myself in pictures. I'm very very self-critical.....always have been.

I finally gave in and used a snapshot of myself, but everyday, I want to remove it...

Then there are those persons who want or NEED to be anonymous for one reason or another (not necessarily anything negative....like they're "wanted by the FBI" LMAO) but everyone is different about "publicity"....know what I mean?

All this aside....That pic of you and your adorable doggy is priceless!! I'd love to see that as your bio pic!

The other thing I meant to add is, I think hubbers should CHANGE their pic every 6 mos to a year, don't you? It's always nice to see a NEW pic of some of our OLD friends.....I'm here less than a year and I already call hubbers my OLD friends!!

And you WILL be famous and all over the internet one day SOON!!! UP++..........Effer


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Great comments, Wesley. I agree that it can be detrimental to change a photo or avatar after the person is known by that. And I don't think the hubman should stick around long at all if a hubber is serious about staying. Great point. Yes, people, I am sure, have their own reasons. For my name, I chose a close variation of my name that I plan to always use wherever I write, so that works for me. It will be ME, in effect, in all my writing endeavors, and it is close to my real name, anyway. I didn't want something that didn't sound like me at all. It took me a long time to decide, though! Thanks again for your great input.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Curiad, for the input! I guess an avatar could also create a certain brand, if it's consistent. Thanks again!


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

The hubman profile reminds me of a lurker or troll silhouette. HUbpages really should use something different.

I've had my real picture in profile twice, one of me wearing an army helmut as a child, then a more recent picture. Then I found people to be more focused on my image instead of my writing. SO I used a moth avatar in reference to the short story I wrote named "The Moth." I'm not a professional writer, so I have no issues with using the avatar.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

xstatic, I also added my full name to my profile page. Good idea about using the hubman for politically and religiously charged hubs so people don't recognize you! LOL. Great comments.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Bedbugabscone--Your photo is precious, and a very nice image. I agree about forgiving a shadow on a new hubber. Eventually, the hubman in the hat needs to go, though! Thanks for the input!


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

I use my own photo with some trepidation. I work in a NONPARTISAN (emphasis my employers) politically charged atmosphere and sometimes I can't help but make a mild comment on something social that might be taken as political. I really do try not to make political posts, though, and I would hate for some coworker to see my photo and tell management that I was posting political comments.

I've had my day as a media professional, and I do hubpages strictly for fun. I've thought about taking my picture down and using something else until I retire. After that, I can do whatever I want.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Angelo, for the input! I do follow a lot of writers with pics that aren't their own photos. Their writing wins me over, but I'd still like to see their faces, as there's more familiarity.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Kaili!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Effer--Thanks for you're always great comments. I remember when I couldn't see your smiling face, and I was so excited when you finally appeared. It's a great picture! I love it! If you visit me on Facebook, you'll see my darling doggy and me every day! It wouldn't hurt to change a picture every so often as long as the person is still just as recognizable, I think. Maybe we should try that. After all, we all do age! :-) It is neat that we have so many OLD friends here, huh? Great to see you!


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Even though I prefer a real photo of a hubber I don't really mind if they have another picture. To me, their words and the interaction with them is the most important. I follow several hubbers who for some reason have chosen not to show their face and I feel very connected with some of them.

You did a great hub about this interesting subject Victoria!

Tina


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Gemini Fox 4 years ago

Well I did a combination of the above: I used a real photo of me, changed it in MS Word using one of the textures, and then created a pen name that could be seen as someone's real name! I am not a professional writer and wanted some anonymity but have read that to be considered "professional" you really need a pic of yourself . . . but have seriously considered finding another avatar (an object).


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

My pseudonym is Daisy Mariposa. I use that for the articles I publish on HubPages and for some of my other writing.

I've been using an avatar of a daisy and a butterfly (mariposa in Spanish) for years. I'm identified by that avatar, and it's not something I'm going to change.

My biography and my photograph appear in one of the books for which I was the technical editor. That image can be found on my Facebook wall. It's the image I use on my Google+ page.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Victoria...You must not have received the memo....I'm not a Facebooker.....never will be. But you can put more photos of you and your pooch on your hubs!!


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bmcoll3278 4 years ago from Longmont, Colorado

I had my real picture but I was afraid it would scare the kids. LOL So I put one of my son instead.


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Hi Victoria. I enjoyed your look at whether or not writers should use their own images in their profiles. I agree with most here that it's a brand thing. Let's face it, we associate the profile pic with the writer - it's hard not to. Still, there are some genres where another type of photo or drawing works. I agree with you, do what you feel is right for you writing account.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I know, AA! the hubman scares me! I do like your moth, but I would like to see you sometime. You should put a pic of yourself on your profile page! Glad you came by!


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grinnin1 4 years ago from st louis,mo

Good hub.It's like everything else with being so closely(but not) connected with others through technology. I often wonder if I'm doing the right thing because there isn't a list of rules and etiquette to go by. So I went halfway, after looking and reading about what to put for the photo, and put a picture of myself, but from an angle where you wouldn't recognize my face. Im only comfortable with allowing a little bit of myself out into cyberspace at a time, I guess. Might change my photo one of these days and open up a bit more with my fellow hubbers. Which once again, opens up a new question in my mind; is it a good idea to change your photo or should you always stick with the same one so people recognize you? Anyway- thanks for your good writing as always, enjoyed it.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I use a real photo of myself, but slightly abstracted - I like people knowing I'm a real human, but I also like how they don't know exactly what I look like...perhaps I'm a little phobic in front of a world audience. :D But, I definitely think you're right. Great hub and many votes.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

If you use a logo, or picture other than a profile pic, it should represent what you are about. Because after awhile it will "brand" you to others. Profile pics are great as they show people a real image and you identify with the person's writing style quicker.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I agree that the blank avatar can turn people away. Something to think about!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

In my opinion I prefer a "real" photo whether on HP's, FB or any other site. No one should ever be ashamed of what they look like UNLESS...??? Who knows. Great hub!!:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You make a good point, MizB, about "hiding" from an employer. LOL. It really could be an issue. Thanks for that input!


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MarleneB 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

Oh, I do agree with you about using a photo of yourself, especially if you consider yourself a professional writer. People want to see the person behind the words. Just pick up any book from the bookstore and you will see a picture of the author on the cover. I want to follow suit of successful writers. If it is good enough for them, then it is good enough for me. Besides, that shadow man scares me. Who knows what lurks behind the shadow?


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

In my view, I've always felt that everything I decide to write and publish is a part of myself and my thought process. It would only make sense for me to use my own picture as my HubPages profile picture when I follow this logic. Great hub, very interesting!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I agree, thougtforce--totally! Thanks for pimping my hub today!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! I definitely agree that using a real photo of yourself is more professional. There is nothing wrong with using a cute family or pet photo or something with a cartoon for an avatar elsewhere, such as Facebook. However, if you want to be taking seriously in the freelance word, putting a professional picture of yourself is a must. I also agree about the blank avatar. It's very rare that I take a hubber with one seriously.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Gemini! I do love your name. Sounds like you go back and forth with the photo idea. That's okay, especially if you're just doing it for fun!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Daisy, I like your daisy and butterfly and think it serves you well. You are an example of someone who uses an avatar for a reason. Thanks for chiming in!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Dadgummit, Effer! Oh, well, I'll try to include Gizmo more when I can--just for you!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

bmcoll--LOL! Too funny....


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Exactly, Jason. Whatever is right for the person is cool. I like your sideways face pose! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

grinnin--I must admit I do like your photo. It's very peaceful. People associate it with you, I'm sure, so that is a good thing. Good question re: changing a photo. I guess we should as we age, huh? :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, CC. Maybe one day we'll see a closer view of you! :-) It's all good. Thanks for the many votes!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

True, teaches. Some hubbers do a great job of branding themselves with an image that does a good job of representing them, whether a photo or not. Thanks for stopping by!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Yes, Audrey, it's the blank ones I am turned away from. Thanks for the comment!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Good one, Sunshine! Who knows??? :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I'm with you, Marlene. The shadow guy is very scary!!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, jon, for that input. Sounds reasonable to me!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random, I'm with ya! Yeah, the blank avatar is the worst. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on this!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Interesting hub and a lot to think about. I love nature and flowers, so I chose the one that I have now. The thought that the whole world can see my face scares me a bit !!!! Voted up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Vellur, I'm sure your face is fine. I thought of you when I was writing this and wanted to tell you that I love your flowers. If it fits you, go with it! The bright, yellow flowers make me think of you as a bright, joyful person, which is how you come across. I think that's neat!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is an interesting issue. Having a profile picture makes a writer become a "real" person to the reader. Our perceptions are defined by how we view the image. As you said, a person may use an image rather than a photograph for various reasons. I used my cockatiel Hyphen's picture for a long time because my user name is derived from him. But I didn't want to be categorized as a "bird woman" so I decided to use my own picture. In any regard, I agree about that faceless, grey blank avatar. It does give me a feeling that the Hubber is temporary.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hyphenbird--I understand about "bird woman." Having a lot of cats,I wouldn't want to be categorized s "cat woman." LOL Great input. Thanks so much!


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bankscottage 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Great Hub. As you can see I don't use my own picture. I use a picture from our camp on a lake in Maine. A place I would like to spend more time at and someday will.

I am older and less trusting of new technology and social media. I am worried about sharing everything about me. I just don't know how easy it is to find info about me (or maybe I do). From employers, to nosey neighbors, to law enforcement and all the way to wack jobs, I just worry about how much can be learned about me. True, probably not much from just a picture, but it could be a piece of a larger puzzle.

Even Samuel Clemens used a pen name (Mark Twain) so even in the 19th century there must have been some reason to maintain some anonymity. In the age of the internet, it seems almost impossible to do.

I don't use my lack of personal info and image to hide behind. I try to write quality and interact on HPs as if I was talking to someone in the same room. From my writing the reader learns about me as a person. The more I write, the more they read, the more they learn about me. At least the parts I want to share.

This is a very interesting topic for discussion.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

bankscottage-- I totally understand what you're saying. It makes sense and is worth considering. I agree that, as a writer builds reputation, his or her writing speaks for itself. While I do use a picture of myself, I probably will always use my pen name, not necessarily for protection but for some kind of anonymity. I appreciate your comments. Thanks for joining in the discussion!


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Your article is interesting and I have enjoyed reading all the comments and opinions here. I tend to go with the majority on this one, though I preferred to hide behind an image of the herb, fennelseed to begin with but more because I felt way out of my depth here on HP. As I became more comfortable and my confidence grew I felt I had to reveal myself as a real person. I don't hold any preference however for those hubbers I read of and follow as there are so many reasons behind their profile image and hubber name. I guess it comes down to what works for us individually.

Thank you for highlighting this question and for encouraging this discussion. My votes and best wishes to you from Annie.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hi, Annie! I remember when you were just an herb! LOL. I agree that it's an individual choice. People generally have good reasons for their pics as well as their names. Good to see you. I've enjoyed the comments and discussion on this hub.


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gabgirl12 4 years ago

To me having a picture means you are serious about promoting not just your hub, but also yourself.

I think there are those who for whatever reason are not quite satisfied with their image, or are not serious about writing, or not sure so they leave the avatar blank. It's also a good idea to periodically 'update' your image. Image is everything! Whether it's professional or for entertainment.

I think a picture should be posted if you are really interested in not only gaining readers, but also to show you have confidence in your appearance.

I have to agree on the deliberate use of self anonymity portion, especially when in relation to a particular subject to keep readers focused on 'what they are reading' as opposed 'to knowing who the author is' if that makes sense. So they post a picture of 'what they are about' not 'who they are'.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

gabgirl--Great comments! I think a real photo is great, but I do agree that some people are very deliberate in their choice of something else that represents them well. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Well Victoria, you have given good points, and I pretty much agree. But I am not a professional, my initial writings were not shared with family, my avatar is my picture of a tiny frog that hopped on my shoe while 'picturing' at the local pond...and it represents something that I will share for the first time here: F-fully R-rely O-on G-God.

Besides, I don't like being on the 'other' side of a camera. AND...I enjoy seeing other's profile/pictures.

Thank you for an interesting article and open expression!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

frogyfish--I like your photo and what it stands for! Glad you liked the article. I like all the discussion it spurred!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I'm not a professional writer and I guess if that is what someone plans on doing than they should put up your photo. I don't like my picture taken at anytime so I'm sure not going to put one up for all to see though I have it in one place on the internet. I don't even use it on facebook. I don't mind if people don't use their own picture though I have heard people say they won't go on hubs if there is not a picture of the hubber. I think that’s strange because you could use any picture and make people think it's you. I do think the photos make a difference. I like flowers, dogs, cats, face and scenery. They draw me in. I don't like that creepy gray and white avatar. Voted Up.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

I don't blame you, moonlake, for the reasons you state. I like a lot of the photos of pets and flowers and such. Probably those who want to go professional do need a picture. Yeah, gray and white guy is creepy!!!


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Interesting thoughts on avatars. I used my silhouette against the sunrise because I have always like silhouettes. I have been thinking of making a change, but maybe I won't. I guess there pros and cons for staying the same and changing to a real photo.

This was very good and so well written. You sparked a lot of comments.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Cyndi10--I really like your profile pic! It's so nice and peaceful.I don't think that everyone necessarily has to go with a real photo of themselves. :-)


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

The gray hubman with a hat, one or two followers and no hubs: that is very suspicious. I prefer writers who use their photo. You do want to see who is behind the picture. My picture is very current. I took it on Thanksgiving Day... LOL


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

lovedoctor--Nice pic! Yeah, I don't like the shadowy hubman. I like photos, and I also like pictures that may represent their interests. But the gray hubman--no . . . . Thanks for reading and for your input! :-)


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Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

I also do not like responding to "the gray man in the hat." I get negative vibes whenever I see him. A flower or a shoe is better than that guy. This is Just my opinion. However, if someone chooses to use it, I respect their right.

Thanks for sharing.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Levertis--I totally agree. The guy with the hat is creepy. One thing that does give him a bad vibe is that people who come to HubPages to troll and start trouble just use the gray guy avatar. That's reason enough to change it as soon as possible! Thanks for the comments.

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