Anyone picky about their profile picture?

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  1. Origin profile image60
    Originposted 13 years ago

    I've been flip-flopping between my robot head and pictures of myself. I just can't decide.

    On that note, do you believe having a real picture of yourself is more beneficial to your readership and the visitors to your pages because it gives it more of a personal touch? Or do you think it doesn't matter much?

    1. Anna Evanswood profile image72
      Anna Evanswoodposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I go for an avatar as I am a teacher and I don't like the idea of my image being in the public domain. Some people claim that they have more hits with a real pic. Its up to you!

      1. Origin profile image60
        Originposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Hmmm, I think with being on Facebook and Myspace for years, it's always too late for me. My pictures have been in the public domain for quite some time!

      2. rebekahELLE profile image85
        rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I tend to agree. even on facebook, my pics are for my friends only. the avatar is a likeness, a representation of what I feel and what I write about.

        I used my own pic for a while, and even then it was not easily recognizable. but I like using an avatar better. some will disagree, but it's really a personal preference. I truly don't think it matters to your audience. there are many successful writers here who use an avatar instead of a personal photo.

        I like this one with your dog. is that a king charles cavalier? use whatever you feel most comfortable with.

        1. Origin profile image60
          Originposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Yes, it is. smile

          I'll just give it some thought, usually I don't need a profile image for what I've been doing before since it's just not needed, but for here hmmm... decisions, decisions.

          1. rebekahELLE profile image85
            rebekahELLEposted 13 years agoin reply to this

            enjoy your time here and good luck.

            my son has a KCC also, his name is walnut! smile

    2. goldenpath profile image67
      goldenpathposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It really depends on what exactly you want to portray to the readership.  Is it a character or situation of you?  Is it your genuine nature and appearance?  What you want to portray is what will be appropriate for you to use. smile

  2. IntimatEvolution profile image67
    IntimatEvolutionposted 13 years ago

    I'm real picky about my avatar.  I want my profile here to reflect my writings, and give a sense of who I am.

  3. Super Chef profile image60
    Super Chefposted 13 years ago

    I prefer my current picture on all my internet accounts as you have to maintain a presence on the web if you are going to do well at this game.

  4. Dao Hoa profile image60
    Dao Hoaposted 13 years ago

    I agree with Anna Evanswood.

    "I go for an avatar as I am a teacher and I don't like the idea of my image being in the public domain. Some people claim that they have more hits with a real pic. Its up to you!"

  5. Rafini profile image70
    Rafiniposted 13 years ago

    I am still on the hunt for the right avatar to represent me and my writing.  I like that idea better than using my own pic, kinda like finding the right logo for a business or the right cover art for a book.

  6. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 13 years ago

    I am not picky just tired of pushing the computer smile

  7. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 13 years ago

    Its great to put your own pic up if you're good looking - if not, then why not be like me? and change it everytime you get the urge - from warrior princess to scantily clad poster girl to flower fairy - its all good!  I like to add variety and get sick of seeing the same image everytime I post.  But I like other people's to stay the same.  not knowing why. . .

  8. GeneriqueMedia profile image61
    GeneriqueMediaposted 13 years ago

    I think an avatar can express your individuality by it's self without being a picture of the writer.

    Especially if you're more of an entity...

  9. myownworld profile image73
    myownworldposted 13 years ago

    In my case, it's been a rather difficult decision. I use a real pic of myself, but I find that our pictures do detract from our writing at some level or the other, esp. when one writes on serious and rather sensitive issues such as I do. Not only have I received some very patronizing comments on a few of my hubs, but I often get the most ridiculous requests for 'friendship' by people who haven't read a word of what I've written! But even that is nothing compared to the seriousness of ever being 'recognized' in a strictly muslim state for my hubs, (e.g. one that is against muslim veil)  which could easily put my life at stake or have a 'fatwa' passed against me in an Islamic court!

    So, yes, I do see some limitations to posting one's real picture here.... but then I tell myself, it's who i am...and why should I let anyone scare me into hiding myself...! At the same time, I would want to be recognized for my writing and not judged by my appearance... so it's dilemma in my mind in lots of ways... smile

    1. Origin profile image60
      Originposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      It makes me think that both ways are important, either my real picture to see who I actually am behind the writing.. or.. an avatar to express who I am.

      Perhaps I'll find a middle-ground, possibly some sort of characiture, where it's me.. but it's a hand-drawn picture of me.. Hmmm.. possibilities!

      1. camlo profile image85
        camloposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        I think that's what Relache has -- a sketch of herself. Good idea as a change from a photo.

      2. myownworld profile image73
        myownworldposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        smile yes, I agree... something in the middle is not a bad idea... a sketch/caricature yes. Eventually, I'll probably do the same... certainly before any Taliban come looking for me! wink

        edit: hey, weren't you using a robot or something till yesterday?

        1. Origin profile image60
          Originposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          I used a anime type character for a bit, then the robot in the suit, then my picture, then back to the robot, and etc. I've been flip flopping lol.

  10. camlo profile image85
    camloposted 13 years ago

    I can't really think of anything to use apart from a picture of the 'real me'.
    There just doesn't seem to be anything else that 'says' something about me ... or do I lack imagination ...
    But I am picky about which pictures of me I use, even if I have made some bad choices in the past (or maybe not only in the past).

  11. calpol25 profile image58
    calpol25posted 13 years ago

    Im really picky when it comes to pictures, but I think it depends on you really whether you want to have your real picture or not.
    I use my real picture, but is your choice. smile


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