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Revealing Hubbers Who Hide Behind Their Pets, Avatars and Comic Strips

  1. Karanda profile image83
    Karandaposted 7 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. What are you afraid of?

    I say step up to the plate and show us who you are.

    1. NightEmpress profile image61
      NightEmpressposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hubs are not for sale. So who cares what the hubber looks like ? I don't even care how a writer looks. I'm only interested in the content.

      1. relache profile image86
        relacheposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        This.

      2. dutchman1951 profile image61
        dutchman1951posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        exactly

    2. profile image0
      ryankettposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Just a couple of points...

      a) You are using a pen name, exactly the same principle. Why don't you use your real name?

      b) How do I know that the avatar is a picture of you, and not lifted from Google images?

      c) The avatar and username in no way detract from the standard of the work.

      1. Karanda profile image83
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good points they are too...

        a) I had no idea what Hubpages was when I started so came in using a pseudonym. Now that I am comfortable with the site I have my real name on my profile and sign each hub.

        b) You don't, how do I know that's your dog?

        c) Totally agree and I personally think your pug is gorgeous

    3. paradigmsearch profile image86
      paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, alright. Since you insist.

      http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3345436_f520.jpg

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol big_smile

      2. Karanda profile image83
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Now I'm afraid...

      3. tritrain profile image77
        tritrainposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        He makes his Hubs while drinking Chianti and eating fava beans....and other Hubbers.

        1. Mikeydoes profile image75
          Mikeydoesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It seems like all of the pics that don't have actually faces have way more followers. Maybe we are doing it wrong!

          Maybe my next pic should be with my shirt off! That probably would make me lose followers!

          1. Rochelle Frank profile image90
            Rochelle Frankposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I have had my own photo until yesterday and have 900+ followers. Just changed to the Saw-Whet Owl yesterday.

          2. KristenGrace profile image60
            KristenGraceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Mikeydoes, if you have your next pic with your shirt off, I'll be visiting your hubs more often tongue

        2. paradigmsearch profile image86
          paradigmsearchposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I’m dropping by Minnesota next week… smile

          Edit: On the other hand, the doc says I have to cut back on that sort of thing… The cholesterol, etc…

      4. Tamz Rants profile image54
        Tamz Rantsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        LMAO! I ate your liver fava beans and a nice chianti.

      5. SteveoMc profile image78
        SteveoMcposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        LOL

    4. Marisa Wright profile image95
      Marisa Wrightposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      First, many Hubbers write about their personal experiences and recognise that they have no right to embarrass or upset other people who were involved in those experiences.  So for them, anonymity is the right thing to do.

      Second, some Hubbers are worried about identity theft and internet stalking. I know more than one Hubber who has been the victim of stalking.  A pseudonym and avatar gives at least some hope that the stalking won't spill over into real life.

      1. Karanda profile image83
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Sure, that makes a lot of sense. I had wondered if this was the issue.

        1. profile image0
          Baileybearposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It can give a degree of privacy when writing about very personal themes.  I deliberately use a pen-name so I'm not found easily by work colleagues etc.
          My mother accused me of being attention-seeking because I used real photos, even though I'm the extreme opposite of attention seeking.  I am a private person, and writing things on public record is a big thing for me.  I feel more comfortable with a pen-name, and lots of people had avatars that weren't mugshots, so why not?

      2. GmaGoldie profile image83
        GmaGoldieposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Cyber safety is a critical issue for all of us.  The Internet is the World Wide Web  - what we place here stays here - real names can be used with great care and caution.

    5. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There are times where I post a different type of avatar and not my picture. My avatar is presently me.

      I hide nothing and all my written material has my name on it.

      Just a thought. smile

    6. profile image0
      Baileybearposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      you can read my hubs and see photos of what I look like. My avatar reflects me, because I like cats and I see myself as an "out of the box" thinker.  I think picture avatars still reflect them. 
      The ones I don't trust are the ones that have no avatar, and 0 hubs.  Are those ones sock puppets?

    7. Stimp profile image74
      Stimpposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Because I'm not looking for fame here.  I choose to be anonymous because there are too many crazy people out there....oh YES here on this site that prey on those who do share their lives and there identity.  Does that answer your question?  Cuz it HAS happened to STIMP.

      1. profile image0
        Baileybearposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Identity theft is a concern these days

    8. profile image0
      TransScribblerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      There is not a single site, article, story, comment, post, video, or photo on the entire internet which has my real name or photo more recent than 1975 attached to it. And I intend to keep it that way.
      None of my published (on paper) works are credited to my true identity, either. My radio program is presented under my pen name.
      Why?
      Because that is how I like it. If other people do not, they know what they can do smile

    9. sarovai profile image69
      sarovaiposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yes,Karanda. We should see how the hubs are written rather than investigating avatars. smile

  2. timorous profile image92
    timorousposted 7 years ago

    I don't think it's a matter of being afraid, it's being just as creative with your image as you are with your writing...or adding an air of mystery.

    I think most of us try to impart a little bit of ourselves in our writing as much as we can.

    Besides..do you really think your impressions of someone's writing style would change if you saw what they looked like?  I thought not. smile

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Of course, I like the idea of the creativity aspect and adding an air of mystery.

  3. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ...i've had my pic up and don't have a problem revealing what i look like...i like changing it up....and i guess i love various musicians.....

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      some think i'm a man and some may think I dress in leather a lot of the time lol...i'm ok with that....and as a matter of fact, i feel a different musician coming on today.....helping the little one learn to ride...he's almost my size lol

      http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy317/mlmvicbc/1570025.jpg

      1. blondepoet profile image72
        blondepoetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Omg what a beautiful pic. Is that you Somewhere, oh you are gorgeous.

  4. lrohner profile image83
    lrohnerposted 7 years ago

    I would say that writers use generic avatars for the same reason that they write under pen names.

  5. thooghun profile image82
    thooghunposted 7 years ago

    For many reasons:

    a) Even with an avatar I find that privacy issues occur.

    b) My persona is immaterial to my views, feedback and sales. 

    c) It avoids pre-judgement based on looks, ethnicity or other criteria, and forces judgement on the content.

    d) I find that avatars are a better solution for content writers as they are easily identifiable by many people online. It also helps separate offline endeavours with online endeavours (for me at least).

    e) I've used this penname everywhere and have become attached to it wink

  6. kirstenblog profile image75
    kirstenblogposted 7 years ago

    Currently my avatar is an example of my artwork. It will probably change at some point and then it will be for a different example of my artwork. I used to be a cute baby raccoon, then I had my wedding pic up (got married on Halloween so was me in costume) but when I started selling art on zazzle it kinda made sense to represent myself with my visual artistic works smile

  7. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    I like Anime avatars  http://lh4.ggpht.com/_UDJ56KWhcrQ/Sx94Zn4CGSI/AAAAAAAAAoM/l0C5mb-UnK4/s800/o_angry.gif

  8. mega1 profile image80
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    because we can!  and also to drive people who think you need to see our faces crazy!  and because we are creative, fun people!  I think its very funny that every couple months someone comes up with the idea that people who don't have their own picture in their avatar are "hiding" - Do they somehow feel like they don't have enough control if they can't see a face?

    1. chubatemjen profile image58
      chubatemjenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      HOO...HOOO....still not ready for sale...!!

  9. Bill Manning profile image71
    Bill Manningposted 7 years ago

    On some writing sites it's required to use your own picture and your own name. It gives you more credibility and more sense of honesty.

    You notice news agencies show the author's real name and often their picture. My avatar is my very own face, took around a year ago.

    My name is my real name. I have nothing to hide and if you find anything out about me I don't care!

    And if you find something out about me you think I would want to hide,,,, see paragraph above! big_smile

  10. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
    schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years ago

    Frankly, I get bored w/ looking at my own picture......although I am exceptionally beautiful wink
    so I like to mix it up a bit
    and all former points well taken lol big_smile wink smile

  11. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 7 years ago

    I think some people might just want to keep some things (like what they look like) private. Then there are people who might not want to take the risk of being recognized, like an ex-wife being stalked by her ex-husband, for example. Or a man writing Hubs on women's Fashion and beauty might prefer to use a neutral name and image, or whatever. Others might just think an image other than their face could be more attractive. Then there are those with multiple identities on HubPages. Some might have some kind of business trademark they like to use as an avatar. And there could be so many reasons ...
    I use my own image because I'm vain smile

  12. Mighty Mom profile image89
    Mighty Momposted 7 years ago

    I think it goes beyond an avatar. It goes to creating a Hub Pages persona. That is something you can't do on other writing sites and something I (and I believe many) hubbers appreciate.

    Mighty Mom is NOT the same writer as her real-life counterpart who created her.

    Whoever said above "because we CAN" is bang on. Changing avatars is just another way to have fun on the funnest writers' community evah!

    1. camlo profile image83
      camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I totally agree with that.

      But whatever the reasons, I really see no reason to say: '... step up to the plate and show us who you are.'

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol

      2. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I just watched your youtube video-prettygood!

        1. camlo profile image83
          camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Thank you, Schoolgirlforreal! I've seen yours, too. Very enjoyable!

          1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
            schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            ty very much!

        2. blondepoet profile image72
          blondepoetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I agree Camlo sings like a real pro. smile

          1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
            schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            you ,flirty thing you!! wink

            1. blondepoet profile image72
              blondepoetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Indeed smile smile

  13. Whitney05 profile image62
    Whitney05posted 7 years ago

    I used to use my picture, but I wasn't a fan of being recognized outside of the internet.

    While, working one day, someone came in and mentioned he had seen my receptionist hub. A friend of mine, said she found some of my leopard gecko hubs, and a friend of my dad saw one of my sorbet hubs.

    I don't want to be recognized outside of the internet for something I've written online. What if I run into someone who feels strongly opposite of what I've written, such as with my Pit Bull hubs and breed ban hubs. I don't want to get into a long drawn out discussion at Wal*Mart about how Pit Bulls aren't vicious and why the other person thinks they are.

    I used my current avatar, to represent that I write about dogs (the dog book) and reptiles (the gecko), and lots of other stuff (the glasses).

    By the way, so many authors who write books that you purchase and check out the picture of don't even use their own picture or name.

    1. profile image0
      Baileybearposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      fair enough - many of us don't want the trappings of fame - I certainly don't

    2. kerryg profile image84
      kerrygposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, this. I had a real picture of myself on here for a little while, but even though nobody recognized me, I just didn't feel comfortable with the possibility, considering some of the more controversial subjects I talk about.

      A lot of authors have pennames that aren't even the same sex they are. George Eliot is probably the most famous example because she wanted her novels to be taken seriously in sexist Victorian society, but even today I have a female friend who writes historical gay erotica novels under a male penname.

      1. Whitney05 profile image62
        Whitney05posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Good point..

        Everyone has their own opinions and reasons as to the avatar they chose and the account name they chose.

        There's no reason to tell people their not stepping up. Kind of rude really...

        1. camlo profile image83
          camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I think so, too.

  14. mrfluffy profile image60
    mrfluffyposted 7 years ago

    I started Hubbing due to my partner wanting me to Wright about our rabbit’s.
    Hence the name Mr Fluffy and the picture of one of our rabbits, oh and the other reason I don’t use my own picture is that I am butt Ugly.

    1. thooghun profile image82
      thooghunposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      http://i53.tinypic.com/29ws2ls.jpg

      1. mrfluffy profile image60
        mrfluffyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Oh you have met me then lol.
        Good picture

    2. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Best to keep the rabbit then.

  15. Gordon Hamilton profile image96
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 7 years ago

    There's certainly a lot of better pictures on this post - never mind the site - than the one which I can provide!! smile Alas, I have but one face, one name and one identity...

    Yes, this mug is really me, this name is really the one with which I was Christened and I have never considered changing either.

    Bottom line? We all have different reasons for being here, we all have different objectives which we wish to achieve and we all have different privacy concerns which we may wish (or be forced) to address.

    I like that state of affairs and belief it is up to each of us to choose our own preferences.

  16. frogdropping profile image86
    frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

    lol this one again. I think it's been answered. Many of us use real images of who we are and what we represent anyway. Of course I don't. But I'm not 'afraid' - I had my reasons way back when. Now I guess no one would know who the heck I was. Still, I will go dig an alternate Halloween pic up, the real frog. It won't be staying though smile

  17. profile image0
    Amie Warrenposted 7 years ago

    I look a lot like my avatar, just not as young. I really try to keep pictures of myself offline. And no, Amie Warren is not my real name. I always use pen names and avatars or I go to a free image site and Photoshop someone else's picture to put on a site that demands a real picture. I won't write for sites that demand I use my real name and a real picture. The law states that you can use any name you want as long as you file your taxes under your real name. Entertainers do it. I think I should be able to as well.

  18. Karanda profile image83
    Karandaposted 7 years ago

    My curiosity got the better of me and I had to ask the question. Maybe I stepped over the line by asking you to step up to the plate or what you are afraid of. I was probably thinking out loud and forgetting hundreds of hubbers might hear me.

    I love all the answers and want to respond to them one by one but there's too many of you. It's great that so many have genuine reasons for not showing the face behind the writer and no I don't think that takes away from the content and even though Frogdropping's hubs are written by a frog I still read them.

    1. Stimp profile image74
      Stimpposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      BTW:  If you feel the need to share your life to those you have absolutely no idea about feel free.  But please don't criticise those who choose to play it safe.  That just is unfair.  Sorry 'bout it.

      1. Karanda profile image83
        Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It wasn't a critism merely a question, certainly didn't mean to offend anyone. smile

  19. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
    schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years ago

    I always hide behind my pet Walrus the big dog!
    I'm afraid to show my face!

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Love your honesty or your sense of humour or both, yes both.

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol smile (it was a joke!!)

  20. Rochelle Frank profile image90
    Rochelle Frankposted 7 years ago

    This thread has inspired my to  change my avatar. I've always used my face, but since I use my own name it seems redundant. I've decided to use the face of the Saw Whet owl that is on the cover of my book.

    1. blondepoet profile image72
      blondepoetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hoot hoot love it.

  21. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ..i might just go back to leather....it's a bit cool out these days...

    http://i803.photobucket.com/albums/yy317/mlmvicbc/MLingear.jpg

    1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
      schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      where do you guys get these pics? lol


      http://s2.hubimg.com/u/3908225_f248.jpg

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        that was fun! my First one! here's another:


        http://s3.hubimg.com/u/3904746.jpg



        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/3849825_f248.jpg



        http://s3.hubimg.com/u/3849726.jpg

    2. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      ...lol ...it's me SGFR

      1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
        schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        lol

        1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
          SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          ya liked that did ya????? lol

          1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
            SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            ...u laughin' at me?....lol

            1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
              schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              well, I didn't believe you, but wanted to be polite hmm smile
              It would be nice if it was you wink tongue

              1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
                SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                ...it is me really....I'm laughing at myself...i'm bundled up for cold riding! smile....i know it's hard to tell on these threads especially if i'm laughing.

  22. KCC Big Country profile image85
    KCC Big Countryposted 7 years ago

    For Valentine's Day Cagsil and a female hubber (forgot who...maybe Kimberly) wrote hubs dedicated to the men and women of HP.  Cagsil wrote about the women.  Each of us submitted a real photo of ourselves.  If your curiousity gets the best of you, hop over to his two hubs and you can get a glimpse of about 100 of the women hubbers.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Women-Writers-I … -Community

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that KCC. No big surpises everyone looks perfectly normal. Great hub from Cagsil wasn't it?

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        It was a fun hub to do. smile big_smile

        1. schoolgirlforreal profile image71
          schoolgirlforrealposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          nice job! what a women lover (appreciater) you are smile wink

  23. nettraveller profile image60
    nettravellerposted 7 years ago

    I started out with a very neutral picture of a plant.  Then I read that if you want to get your Google adsense account approved you should have a picture on your Google account, and on your website(s)  (this was an opinion I read somewhere, it may or may not be correct).  I changed to a slightly manipulated (posterized) picture of myself.  After reading your post I'm going back to an avatar.  I think there is a lot to be said for reading for content, like one of the other commenters mentioned.  People have unconscious biases against gender, ethnicity, age and general looks.  The avatar helps readers get past the physical barriers, and may get them to engage in an interaction (reading, commenting) with someone they might not have considered communicating with before.
    When I was in 9th grade, I drew a picture on my desk at school, of an extraterrestrial.  On the next day, someone else had added to the picture, and written a sentence about these extraterrestrials.  I added to that, and to the story, and for a few weeks I enjoyed a completely uninhibited exchange with whomever was sharing my desk and lack of attention to the teacher.  Soon I found out that the other  writer was the school nerd, teased by most.  I remember how disappointed I was, and that I wished I had not found out.  Once we came face to face there didn't seem to be much to say or write anymore.  We had lost the camaraderie of sharing our minds.  I'm not in 9th grade anymore, but I think the idea is similar.  An avatar helps to achieve this sharing of part of oneself, with less prejudice. 
    I hope you like my new "do" cool

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, what is that?

  24. blondey profile image76
    blondeyposted 7 years ago

    I like my avatar for now. You'll see my reveal soon enough! smile

  25. Pearldiver profile image86
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    I'm surprised that you don't see any point in dressing up one's personal uniqueness and individuality hmm
    Clearly some have discovered how to get a point across... hmm
    Phew... Lucky I blinked in time... or I would have missed your point! yikes smile

  26. nettraveller profile image60
    nettravellerposted 7 years ago

    It's a naked mole rat.

    1. Spacey Gracey profile image61
      Spacey Graceyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      That naked mole rat looks just like me first thing before I get my coffee to drink, and my make up on my face.

      1. nettraveller profile image60
        nettravellerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I think it's a queen naked mole rat, so now you can say you look regal in the morning.

        1. Spacey Gracey profile image61
          Spacey Graceyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Great - I'm not just any old skanky rat - I am the queen smile

        2. mega1 profile image80
          mega1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

          that avatar wins!  the grossest, scariest thing I've ever, ever seen!

  27. Joy56 profile image61
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    just in case anyone wanted to see my hubby pushing our two grand daughters on the swing.  Here he is and here they are in the avatar.  They are cousins.

  28. jeri741 profile image59
    jeri741posted 7 years ago

    I have a few thngs I'm working on that are real life events that are sort of personal ...I don't want the neighbors knowing about thats why on anysite I use I dont post a pic.

  29. Spacey Gracey profile image61
    Spacey Graceyposted 7 years ago

    Fake name & fake picture for total annonymity - I have many strings to my bow, and right now I don't want them to be interconnected. Anyone Googling my real name won't find my HP account, and that's just the way I like it.

  30. Joy56 profile image61
    Joy56posted 7 years ago

    we can all do what we like, but i love it when i get a glimpse of someone i have never seen before, it is usually a shock..... like did any of you see what i*N*V*I*C*T*U*S looks like...... ha ha

    1. camlo profile image83
      camloposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Who is i*N*V*I*C*T*U*S ?

  31. profile image0
    ralwusposted 7 years ago

    ummm I am not a dog. big_smile btw, I was drunk when I penned my name. Was supposed to be walrus.

  32. bojanglesk8 profile image59
    bojanglesk8posted 7 years ago

    lol, nice thread backfire.

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Has anybody got a photo of a dead cat?  You know the old saying, curiosity and all that. Would come in real handy to close this thread.

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i238/Nascarfan3824/Animated%20GIF/DeadCat.gif

        1. Karanda profile image83
          Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Purrfect!

  33. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 7 years ago

    .
    I can not tell a lie. The REAL paradigmsearch…
    .
    http://s4.hubimg.com/u/3619627_f520.jpg

    1. Karanda profile image83
      Karandaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I just knew that was you first time our eyes met.

 
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