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.
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?
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?
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.
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
some think i'm a man and some may think I dress in leather a lot of the time ...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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
There's certainly a lot of better pictures on this post - never mind the site - than the one which I can provide!! 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
I'm surprised that you don't see any point in dressing up one's personal uniqueness and individuality Clearly some have discovered how to get a point across... Phew... Lucky I blinked in time... or I would have missed your point!
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.
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...