I'd like to clarify that as a former gossip columnist, I have an irrational fear of retribution (though I never really wrote anything all that bad or lied really) so I'd like to be as private as possible.
Ok, I was warned not to do this, but dude, really, I think you could use a little vacation! I just want to mention that there is this other really groovy thread called "the hubtribe is forming" fondly known as "the tribe" where you can respond to all the nonexistent fantasy birds and buzzards that are hanging out in the trees there by the fire, to your hearts content - and if you don't like it, well, no harm - we'll forget you were even there within the hour, I'm sure. And if you want, we'll ignore you too! What do you say? come on over and check out the wild side! there's also singing and music and a drum circle - don't knock it if you haven't tried it! if not, that's ok - have a nice day!
Writers, and I would suppose that's what the majority of "hubbers" would classify themselves as, tend to be elusive. Stephen King once explained it when he was writing as Richard Bachman that the penname came about because writing way back when was considered a lesser profession, one of the lower ones. So, in order to not undignify themselves, they simply used different names so no one would know who they were.
I would think that while writing and writers in general are not met with the same disdain as in the days of old, some of the elusive nature of the writer remains.
People have a right to decide how they want to present themselves. If it appears as though they are hiding, it is simply untrue. There are some who are self-conscious about their appearance, therefore avatars eases their mind.
I personally have shown what I look like and constantly switch between other pictures and that of myself. Why do I do it? No need to explain to anyone other than myself.
I don’t think it really matters to be honest, don’t judge a book by its cover and all that stuff. Some people may feel another graphic represents their essence better. In my case... Let’s just say I’ve got a face for radio.
Most of us will probably say something like "we just want to be known for our writing"....and although that is probably true, for some of us, it's just because we're not that attractive. Then, for others, like myself, I chose my avatar as a tribute to my daddy (I have a hub about it) and then it just stuck. It becomes your "trademark" after awhile and you hate to change it.
Funny, I was just messing around with my avatar and then I see this. For me, I'm writing about another person's memories so I'd like to maintain some privacy for that person. I just changed my avatar to a blurry pic of me, but you can sorta see what I look like. I'm planning to leave it up for awhile then go back to the panther.
Too many times I have seen threads degenerate into this topic. Some people do not want their picture on the internet and that is not a big deal. I know that you haven't done that and I know you are legitimately curious, but to me, it ain't a big deal.
I agree. I really don't understand why people have a problem with avatars that are non-representative (for want of a better way of putting it).
In any case, how do you know that a person isn't using a "real" picture that isn't of themselves, but of someone completely different? Or of themselves when they were a couple of decades younger and several stone lighter? It's very easy to lie or mislead on the Internet.
I assume people use noms de plume and avatars on Internet forums because they want to be free to say things without worrying about them coming back to haunt them when applying for a job or running for office. Those reasons don't apply to me and so what you see is what you get. I don't post anything that I don't believe to be the truth or that I'm not willing to stand behind anywhere with anyone.
Whilst many claim that photographs look more professional I personally find it very easy to dislike an author based solely upon their face. I frequently hit the back button without reading a word if I encounter a smug looking 'trust me I'm a marketer' type photo, or even somebody I just don't like the look of, and I'll bet I'm not alone.
Avatars are (generally) more neutral and don't effect my judgment of the writing itself.
Could just be a case of not having a pic of themselves also. For instance all my personal pics are on an old comp that crashed so i'd have to hook up the old drive to my new comp and download. It's just easier to add a pic or avatar I already have on hand. I think there's more than a number of reasons for not sharing a personal photo. And as I stated b4 I would not want to give the Paparazzi a chance to find out my true identity causing a massive uproar and leading criminal cabals to hunt me down for putting their chronies behind bars!
As Ralph said, one reason to use anything but a photo may be to protect one's privacy, not only to run for office (hehe!) but also to protect one's online image -- job companies now search the internet to find data of you when you apply for a job :-)
I tested the theory of whether a real image of myself would attract more views/interest than an avatar: not in my case, which means the theory is crap or that I'm just not Angelina Jolie enough
I do not like labels and feel that people will judge a person not by the words they write but the way they look. Another reason is I do not hold much faith that the avatar pic is the same as the writer. I have seen many false persona's perpetrated.
I like to change my pic every 3 months or so. Just get tired of the same ole one. Why the heck not? I guess I could put a pic of my dog, cat or horse? Maybe a possum, skunk or snake? I'll think about it....
Jobs Being Famous Stalkers Ex's AMW etc. who knows someone could be on here that has been wanted for years or someone could be famous and they are simply using an alias. There are so many reasons, I had a stalker last year and was only brave enough to put me up half way through the year, he was a PSYCHO!
When I started on the Internet, way back when, it was almost unheard of to use one's real name online. Yes, there were a lot of people who hid behind an online persona to say what they wished without fear of consequences. Also there were major security issues. For me, it became a habit - seeing the Internet as a place where, for personal safety, I did not give out any real personal information.
When I first started on HubPages, I treated it as a site where I could write about personal things, about anything, and out of long habit, I brought a persona with me from another site. I used an avatar because I would then have no sooner put my picture online than have flown to the moon. As well, the sketch has meaning for me.
Now though, there are sites where I write professionally and use my name and picture, but it was a big step just to put my name online here
I don't mind using my name here--I don't really plan on saying anything that would necessitate anonymity. And, as far as my picture goes, I used a drawing program's filter to make it illustrative, although it is from a recent photo of me.
As social media becomes more prevalent and we see literally any facet of someone's life on a facebook or MySpace page, it seemed putting my name or a real picture just wasn't as big a deal as it might have been 10 years ago.
I chose my avatar mostly because I did not have a pic of myself stored on this computer and found it easier to find a cute picture online instead of digging up a pic. I have thought about changing it now that I have transfered some files, including some pics of myself but the current avatar has actually gotten me attention. I like attention. I think people like cute baby raccoons With cagsils female hubber hub coming you will be able to find a pic of me on it if you are curious about what I look like in real life
I had some problem in the pass with very stange man. I am a maried women and have a lot of respect for my husband who, is also my boss and the father of my lovely boy. My private life and my job come first and are very important for me. I only come to HP 20mn a week to read hubs of my followers and other hubbers. I dont even have time to write a hub. When I first joined HP I was happy to see how much respect hubbers had for each others. I liked very much the level of all this great writters and i learned each time I come here. My English has improve and I am now, more confidente to write. I only come here to read and write. I didn`t need to put my picture to do that. I have a lot of admiration for all the hubbers here for all this great hubs that you do. Thanks for that. Respect and Blessing to you all.
When I first came to the forums I was Marilyn Manson's eye, for I came as a man. Only because I like to fight, and I thought it could be more interesting if men saw me as an equal. Later I decided to come just like me. So from then on I change the avatar but with real pics. My alter ego is XTASIS ,and she is a winged Medusa by Gustave Moreau.
Well, its a cold world out there. Most hubbers won't even talk to each other using a IM system or something outside of the forums. If you can't even talk to someone and get to know them, why would you share your picture?
Also, sharing a picture allows selectism to occur. Most of the selectism is connected to racism as well.
The thing that bothers me avatar-wise is the use of kids. Is it designed to disarm people? Is it saying- don't hit me if you hate my hub hit this little one? And mostly those kids look a bit disturbed.
that comment reveals more about you then about people and their children - I haven't seen any disturbed looking pics of kids. and it is disturbing to me that you would think people who are just proud of their kids are using them as a shield!
I don't think you should assume so much! Like assuming people are hiding something is just silly. Most of us have a healthy sense of humor and like to put up fantasy pictures for instance because it is fun! FUN! Also I get sick of seeing my own face popping up everywhere and I don't have a very large ego that enjoys looking at myself, so there's that! Also we have conversations about things in the forums and put up pics that relate to the topic sometimes. I spend a lot of hours in the forums and I like to see people change their pics - people change in real life - why not virtually. Usually the avatars really do express something of the nature of the person behind them - so I find them revealing, not hiding!
Of course, we all know that being here on HubPages we'll become famous and then we'll have to stop our daily grind for photo ops, autographs, we'll have to leave our grocery carts behind running from the paparazzi and especially Harvey Levin's camp...
when you catch up with the last 10 or 30 posts you'll see that my intentions in the things I said were good, I mean I was genuinely concerned and not one of the "haters" you were mentioning - possibly you have a computer that likes to mess with time, I don't know. Sometime maybe you will outline your platform for us in the political forums!
Oh, good, so then you were joking around! ah, I couldn't tell - you caught me good! you have no idea how scarey it can be when someone is answering questions no one else hears! whew! (big sigh of relief!) :
Wanted to share an interesting observation with my fellow hubbers. For the first four months on Hub Pages, I used a clip art image on my profile. It was a painting of a woman who kind of looked my me- but not...