HubPages asks that you include a picture of yourself in your profile. I see pictures of people, but also pictures of cats, dogs, scenery, boats, babies, etc.
Some say a picture of yourself boosts your image and status among fellow Hubbers.
So what's the deal with the unusual avatars?
Does the non-human picture hurt or harm your persona on HubPages?
I've chosen this avatar to depict my character as a writer... my username too wants to tell the readers something. I think since it's a virtual world username and avatar should be chosen in such a way that it tells your readers about you, how honest and dedicated you're etc. When people start to discover you through your writings they'll pay attention to the brand created by you. And it'll be easier for them to recognise you and trust the content. Choosing an avatar is all about creating your own brand!
I don't have a picture of myself. I don't have a camera, I don't photograph well either and I am exceeeeeedingly shy.
My current avatar reflects my username, and my writing which is about this part of the country/world.
Many writers prefer to remain anonymous and believe their writing should stand on it's own merit. Some do it because of possible conflicts with their 9 to 5 job.
Yeah, animal avatar are such a waste of space.
I think your avatar of a water hose is fine.
As a squirrel, I'm very concerned about snake avatars.
like the one you've got?
I don't mind avatars that aren't the person,because they still say something about the person.
The ones I don't like are the ones that don't put a pic in at all - they don't seem trustworthy, and they're not distinctive - I often recognise writers by their avatar
I would say it hurts you if you're looking to get freelance writing jobs from other sources, other than writing on Hubpages.
If you're not looking to do that, then it really don't make a difference. Even those who write strictly sales hubs, don't require a picture of themselves to make sales.
Most online purchases are buyers, not just on lookers. Especially, targeted written hubs.
If you're trying to be someone, then a picture will have more weight than that of something else.
I personally, rotate images between video game icons and my real self. On occasion, I'll post my real picture and leave it up for a while and then change it. There are a lot people who do that as well.
I've had a clapping monkey up for 2 years.....and a red high heel for only a couple of days.
I don't think having an avatar versus a photo hurts a writer's chances at other work. But, it might. Who's to say any of the writers with photos are actually photos of themselves anyway?
It's hard to get used to avatars that change at times. I miss that monkey.
I almost feel ashamed for mentioning it, but NO ONE, not one single person has said anything about me changing it. You're the first. My daughter has been after me to change it for a long time. Since my 2nd anniversary is coming up, I thought I'd change it, but I don't particularly like the red shoe, but I wanted to choose something feminine since most people assume I'm male.
Wow, KCC--I have never once imagined that you were a male--too funny!
I hadn't see your new avatar before now, so let me be the second to comment on it, lol. I like the red shoe better than the clapping monkey--I have to admit, those little things kinda creep me out, haha.
I use a non-human avatar only because I am so extremely UN-photogenic...
It is really odd... I always thought you were male KCC... until you corrected me. I thought that Sunforged was female for a long time too - this might have had something to do with when he was talking about his pregnancy, before his partner had their baby. Then, of course, his hubs were very much female orientated - I guess he was in tune with the whole sequence and appeared as if he was the one having the baby!
Perhaps he is in touch with his feminine side - Gia has touched his heart! hehehe
Only one person has identified the change in my Avatar. Funny that!
You had to point out the change! I had seen your new avatar but the change of clothes flew over my head, I honestly didn't recognise you!
As for the OP - mine was an act of folly that stuck. I actually look nothing like my avatar I also think that if I changed it now, the world would stop turning
I have thought to do so, put a picture of me there, but then there's the name. Equally ridiculous and hardly a name that could be classed as professional.
My advice? Think carefully before you click the submit button *nods*
I've been wondering about my fluer de lis kitchen bar stools. I am bayoulady but don't want a picture of a bayou. As for my face...good heavens......I want to keep my followers!HA!
I like the guessing game, I love light and purple and here I got a combination of both, I loved the Eustoma flowers that sat on my window sill all summer long, which was my first.
You are just an animation of the real you! hehehe
Yep computer generated special effects is better!
Oh? I thought those fuzzy flickered squiggles where the effect of those mushrooms that the farmer had picked for my breakfast this morning!
(lol... Disclaimer - *this is a joke!* - lol)
I'm stuck with my ugly mug until I can find something different, lol.
I believe that in terms of avatars, something is better than nothing.
Strange, what I,d really love to change more than anything is my avatar name! ... Hope hub pages tech team reverses the permanency at some point in time.
Hey lady, where the heck have you been? I haven't seen you around these parts in a long time!
I think there's some advantages to posting a PROFESSIONAL looking picture of yourself or of someone professional looking who isn't you, since nobody will know the difference anyway, if your intent is to be some serious, commercially minded, advice giver. If not, then your avatar is just part of the brand you create for yourself. (You can have more than one account, so you can create multiple brands for different reasons, which many do.) I don't recommend changing brand features unless there is something wrong with the one you have.
I write about anime so to me an anime avatar makes perfect sense.
I'm kind of fond of inanimate monkeys, myself!
But I have been admiring your red pump, KCC. Very chic and intriguing! Maybe I will follow suit and change my avatar to some kind of footwear. What do you think?
As a serious answer to the OP's question.
I think it's whatever you are comfortable with. Since this is a writing site and not a social networking site, it's a great place to create a personality to go along with your hubber name.
This is just my opinion, but I think it's best to pick one or the other. If you want to use real photos of yourself, go for it.
If you want to use a photo or avatar, that's cool, too. People will come to know you by your avatar.
What can be jarring (and NOT in a good way) is when someone you've known for months as (for example) a "sunset" or a "cowboy" or a "flower" suddenly switches to a real photo.
The used to be a hubber here whose avatar photo when I joined was an adorable pic of her as a very young girl. It was B/W and just had such a feeling to it. One day she switched to a current mug shot of herself. I never got over it.
Eventually she left HP. But I don't think it had anything to do with her photo !
I just wanted something kind of anonymous and that related to my hubs. I haven't found something I really like yet so I'm still hunting. I didn't want a picture of myself on here simple because I wasn't sure at first if I wanted my family and friends to know about my articles here. But I decided I didn't care if they knew so I guess I could put a picture of myself up. It's just more fun to have an avatar.
I would never put a picture of myself here.
Well, unless I found a clown wig in an old drawer and went to a party wearing it and a friend took a picture and sent it to me the next day. I'd put a picture like that here, sure.
Your clown wig is fine, but I think you're wearing it upside-down.
and I thought you were a rainbow person - not a party-going person in a wig! awww. . . so disappointed now.
Lol where is your pic....
Oh between you and I I know your avatar is the invisible man but these other hubbers cannot see it.It is only because I have x-ray glasses. Oh the things I see....woo hooo
I change my avatar constantly because I'm also very changeable - sort of squirrely, actually, but that would be too close to reality. Today I'm a close sunflower - tomorrow I may be a cheetah again, or a warrior woman - you get a kind of clue about how I'm feeling from my avatar... kittenish sometimes. I love it when people are always changing their pics - it makes life just a bit more interesting to me. Even tho some people get very upset when I change and give me a hard time - I have never been an iconoclast! whatever that is.
by schoolgirlforreal 10 years ago
So, feel free to comment on other people's avatars or ask questions, and start by commenting on Yours Me: This is really (what's her name?) oh, Katy Perry.
by Brenda Durham 11 years ago
aguasilver and I were talking about avatars in another thread.I thought it would be interesting to find out why Hubbers have chosen their specific avatars.I know those change a lot. But was wondering if anyone else wants to share what particular relevance their favorite personal avatar has?I...
by Karen Wilton 10 years ago
Why do hubbers go to all the trouble of posting hundreds of hubs, creating really informative profiles then post a picture of their dog, cat, bird, avatar or favourite comic strip character?If I buy a book I get to see the author on the back cover. A photo of the person who has written the work....
by Ohma 11 years ago
I was wondering if the use of an avatar rather than a personal pic. makes a difference in dollars and cents? That whole a face to trust thing. Has anyone ever tried to see if it does? If so would you share what you learned?
by R. Blue 12 years ago
I've noted that some of you hubbers change your Avatar as often as I change my underwear....about once a week. Does the appeal of a given avatar affect your hits? Or is it your mood or personality of the moment? Afre you more apt to read a hub if the avatar is sexy as opposed to a...
by Valerie Washington 9 years ago
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