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Make A Personalized Avatar For Hubpages
Are you famous like Justin Beiber, Kik Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry, Britney Spears, Mariah Carrey, or any other Instagram noteworthy personality? If you are not one of these people, then why do you want to use their picture as your personal avatar? Avatars should be a picture of the person writing a blog, a Hub, or a picture of something the writer likes, such as their favorite type of cake of a sunset at the beach. However, if you post a picture of a celebrity as your avatar, it just seems a little odd to me. Do you feel insecure about your own picture and not want to share it with the world? Well you should not because everyone is beautiful in their own way, and anyone who tells you differently is spiteful and cold hearted. When I look at people I see beauty everywhere, from the smallest toddler to the oldest senior citizen. Magazines and websites cannot define beauty, so if you are using the avatar of a celebrity you should stop and use your own picture because it is beautiful.
Do you wish to remain anonymous online? I totally understand this, but I encourage you to use a picture of a favorite object or location as opposed to using a celebrity picture. Most celebrities prefer to have their anonymity and would not appreciate their picture being used on a writer's profile. Just think of it in the reverse, if you were a celebrity would you want every Tom, Dick, and Harry pretending to be you here on Myspace, Facebook, and Hubpages? I can say most likely you would not, but if you do that is fine too. People who like to draw could use one of their creations, which is something I used to do before I was finally encouraged to be myself, which is one of the best pieces of advice I was ever given here at HubPages. Using your own picture is very personal and helps people to identify your Hubs. However, using a pet or another favorite object can also be very personal, but it would be nice to see less celebrity profile avatars. By doing this you will create an original avatar no one else can replicate, unless they copy you and decide to be completely unoriginal. This Hub will give a few suggestions about how to create an original avatar.
1. Buy A Digital Camera And Say Cheese
Go buy a digital camera and take a picture of yourself today. Still do not own a digital camera? What is the excuse? In the year 2008 there is no excuse for not owning a digital camera because these are very affordable and have come down in price considerably. Many basic cell phones even come with digital camera, which means your ability to take a picture will be instantanous. Prefer a digital camera with more megapixels than the basic cameras installed on cell phones? If you want a quality camera then buy one with eight plus megapixels and aim for more than ten if possible. However, you can buy an affordable camera for around five megapixels, but these pictures will not have as much detail as the higher resolution cameras. I still use my five megapixel camera because the pictures have brighter colors than my eight megapixel camera, but the beauty of the latter one is that it also includes a video camera that allows me to post clips to YouTube. A digital camera is necessary for anyone who wants to be able to take pictures of themselves without having to pay for film. One drawback to digital cameras are that most require batteries, so buy rechargable batteries in order to save money and to give the environment a helping hand.
2. Scan An Old Picture
Do not own a digital camera or refuse to buy one? Go to the local pharmacy store and scan one of your old photographs. This will give you the opportunity to play around with the scanner and decide if you want to buy one on your own. However, I must say buying your own scanner pays off many time over! Before I owned I scanner I once went to Wal-Mart to use theirs, but it was smudged and my picture came out funny. That was back in 2002 and I decided then and there I was going to buy a scanner. I have been through a couple of scanner since then, but these are great because this gadget allows me to preserve and upload all of my old pictures. I enjoy having a library of digital pictures, which is useful when trying to select an avatar, or just when you need a new picture for a Hub.
Do you see how real and genuine digital and scanned pictures come across as authentic? Try posting your own picture as on your profile page and delete the celebrity avatar.
3. Take A Picture Of Your Favorite Object
Your favorite object could be a great picture for your new avatar. Grab that digital camera and start snapping away! Just think of all the wonderful types of pictures you can take with a digital camera, and these are so much more interesting than those stale celebrity pics. Last winter my sister took some beautiful pictures of the snow that would make great avatars. Every day of my life I take pictures, and I love some of the pictures I have taken of flowers, which would also make delightful avatars. Objects can be a wonderful source of avatar inspiration.
4. Pets Make Great Avatars
My sister's dog Lucky makes a much better avatar than someone who has used Justin Timberlake for yet the thousandth time this year. Also, please do not get me started on Halle Berry, and if her name is not on your birth certificate than her picture should not be on your profile page! It is a free Internet world if you wish to continue pretending to be a celebrity, but it really is unoriginal and slightly stalkerish. Give up the cheesy act and upload a picture of your beautiful pet instead. I love pet avatars and they give a sense of warmth and show your readers how much you love your pet. I hope everyone has fun making their own personalized avatar.