I've updated my profile with a real picture of me, so ladies please try and keep the fan mail down! Seriously though, is it better for me to have a photo of myself (however ugly) or to use my more generic icon:
I tend to like the real picture - at least when it comes to people who aren't me. I'd vote for your leaving up your perfectly nice, real, picture.
I had the same Earth picture up for almost four years. I had no intention of putting anything real online because besides the identity-theft concern, in real life what I look like doesn't match what I am - and it can cause some problems. I figured I didn't have to introduce that complication to online writing. I was dead-set against putting a real picture and turned down some decent opportunities when putting a "professional head shot" was required. My thinking with the Earth avatar was that I had selected a picture that represented things about me better than even a partial picture of my face would. A whole lot of thought and analysis went into that picture, but - you know what? - nobody would/could have a clue about what all that "deep thought" and reasoning behind selecting it was. I was fine knowing that I was the only one who knew "the meaning" behind the Earth picture (which I still use in a lot of places).
Then there was the "threat" (or implied threat, not sure) that Google would be more likely to send traffic to someone who had a real picture up. I figured I'd compromise and put a part of a real picture up. I actually did seem to better traffic and earnings-wise, and Google put the picture next to my stuff on the search pages. I just figured there's this big, new, push to encourage real pictures and discourage anonymous identities; so I'd better go along with it (sort of).
I have had a series of real pictures of fictional characters. I think that best describes the real me, since I am basically a kind of fictional character. The real reason I don't use my image is I don't like to see my face pop up every time I post in the forums (which is a lot!), it has nothing to do with what other people think. I've come a long way, according to my therapist!
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