I chose mine because I thought it represented things I wanted to express. It's not really feminine- or masculine- associated, but the picture is kind of feminine. That's kind of me - gender-neutral in most of my thinking/writing, but not at all gender-neutral when it comes to my "overall self" It's got that transparent element, and I guess I like that. It's the Earth (something we all know and love), but the picture shows in it in a kind of more ethereal way (something I guess I try to do in my non-fiction writing). What doesn't show is the Earth Day date that's on the picture, and that date means something to me and people who know me (so it's kind of like a secret message, or something ). I don't like to change it because 1) I don't want to risk having my earnings drop if I do (who knows, they may..), 2) I like stability, or at least want to imply stability as an "Internet person", and 3) I use on other sites and kind of want it recognized (such as it is ). (All that thought into one lousy, little, avatar, eh? )
And yet, having said all that, I'm getting pretty sick of it (and hate the color, blue anyway). I've recently had the urge to post a real photo of me (if I can overcome my Internet-shyness about doing that). If a picture of a flower or a keyboard shows up one of these days, you'll know I couldn't overcome the discomfort of posting a picture on the Internet.
I have the distinct feeling (to say the least) that not everyone takes his avatar on here quite as seriously I did when I choosing it (but I've never pretended to be someone who doesn't turn every last, little, thing into a big, stewing-over, deal that absolutely "must reflect what means something to me"
I'm actually the same way with alot of things, Lisa HW I have put much thought into many things, like you, but I guess with the avatar thing, I either: (and if you know me I love being organized when I write, in my home, etc so I use alot of bullets! )
1)If it's actually me- I want the best looking pic I can find 2)It could be something fun like my current pic of Katy Perry -that's her name right? lol 3) If it's abstract-THEN I'd choose something meaningfful to me ................................................
I think I'm a genius. I came up with the perfect name and the perfect Avatar. I'm a SOB and a few people act surprised at some of my comments. They say "You are not FRIENDLY at all! But you would think that big ugly pit bull would have givin them a clue! That was so slick! Admit it.
I am on my second pic/avatar since joining HP. To me, an avatar/profile pic should have some meaning to the person using it. So, my avatars/pics are of things that are relevant to me as a purple loving, transgender identifying writer.
The first was a photo of myself as a child (boy) dressed as I have always believed that I should be... in a dress. The current one signifies who I am, and how I feel. I may change it again soon, but if/when that happens, it will be to another avatar/pic that represents me in some way.
thanks Trans Scribbler! I agree, that's what I've been doing too, mostly up till my present one- well it does connect to me cause I like her music and I like the pic--sometimes I just want to be "someone else" for while
I like what you said, how meaningful these things are to you.
avatars are windows of the soul. I stole this flower from a hubber, i love pink i quite like roses. Lisa do not be shy lets see ya.... this is a great thread, i will change my avatar and come back later....
I started out with a photo of my friend's cat 'Buster'. The small, postage-stamp size in Hubpages didn't do the picture justice. It's one my best, and favourite animal photos.
The next one was a blue spiral staircase, one of several photos I received from kimberlyslyrics (thanks Kim )...I've no idea where she gets them. I don't think it signifies anything..I just liked the look of it.
The present 'feet' photo is also via Kimberly. I suppose it implies a certain shyness, or 'timorous' nature. Although I'm a bit shy, I'm not painfully so. I enjoy writing here, and chatting with all you Hubbalicious peeps.
p.s. Of course if you read this thread a few months from now, some of the avatar insights won't make sense anymore...oh well.
May avatar is currently a piece of artwork from Erte. In the past, I have had the real me and a photo of Doris Day. Sad to say too many people thought I looked like Doris Day - it was simply a quick pick and I was too much in a hurry to work on this.
I plan on updating my avatar with the real me - with a couple of surprises - stay tune!!!
Mine is a picture of a stuffed Koala bear that I got as a Christmas present when I was 5 years old. Not having much imagination, or maybe as an an indication of my future pragmatism, I named him "Koala."
He became my most beloved toy and I carried him with me everywhere. I once left him outside overnight, and when I realized that I had, I rushed outside in bare feet, running across chilled grass that felt like ice blades just to find him. I've had him for a long time, and he's one of my most important possessions.
I chose him to represent me because I associate him with my most basic self, the innocent that still lives inside me somewhere. Writing is very intimate, it's like you're transfering your self to the page, so I thought he was an appropriate representation of that.
Mine is a photo I took at the Norfolk, VA Botanical Garden Butterfly exhibit in the Summer of '09. Butterflies are one of my 'totems' and have had a special meaning for me. Besides their variety in color and designs they represent transformation. I feel that as long as we are living we are always changing...hopefully to a lighter state, like the butterfly.
I know, Klara, and I LOVE them. They are beautiful-and delicate (well, I suppose all butterflies are) I wish I could create a butterfly garden where I live, but we are renting and there is not much room to grow anything.
My favorite flower (right now) - sunflower close up taken in the garden a couple weeks ago - I'm not feeling as adventurous as last year this time when I was posting all kinds of sexy avatars - I still have them in my avatar folder waiting to break out for the holidays . . .
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