Even on WordPress/Gravatar I worry about my profile pic. I started out as a duck. That’s not exactly true. I have always been a human. But I started out with a profile pic of a duck, thinking that my blog will be anonymous. The anonymity lasted about a week, but the duck stayed longer.
Here was, and still is, my dilemma. Have people associated me with a duck? If I post and change my photo will readers still know who I am or will they drop me like a hotduck? I mean a hotcake?
At some point, I decided to be a human on my blog. I couldn’t quite bring myself to be really me, so I used a cool filter that I’ve already forgotten where I found, so you see a version of me with what at the time was a new haircut/style.
It’s only a couple of years old, but already doesn’t look like me. Even without the filter.
What do you do? I see a lot of people with old photos, or cartoon photos, or flowers. How and why did you pick those? Do you feel it’s too arrogant to post a pic of yourself as your profile photo? Do you not like how you look?
Let’s face it. No one says “Wow here’s an idea. I’ll find my worst picture ever and make that my profile pic.” Which, now that I think of it, would be kind of fun. But only if someone else did it. I’m way too insecure for that.
How often do you change your photo? And why? These aren’t rhetorical questions, I really want to know.
On social media, it’s completely different for me. I change my profile and cover photos on Facebook all the time. Sometimes they are me, sometimes they are of a place I’ve visited, sometimes they are a saying. Like GO ARMY BEAT NAVY.
On Google at work, I made my profile pic a crazy photo of me at my baptism.
I think this is hysterical and wonder why my parents ever chose the one where I’m thinking WHAAAAAAA? But for my non-English speaking students, it’s easy to find my page. If they spell Knowles wrong (the kn combination tends to throw non-English speakers for a loop), they can still find me. A unique baby picture is not the one most teachers choose as their profile pic on Google.
Sidenote: One thing I hate about getting older is driver license photos. The photo I thought was horrid eight years ago looks great to me now.
To change or not change one’s profile pic…..that is the question.