I’ve decided to change my blog photo, which should be no big deal as people are doing it all the time, but the image we chose to present to the world says quite a bit about how we see ourselves. Many bloggers have no image at all, prefering to remain completely anonymous, while others chose symbols, cartoons, animals or even landscapes.
Unlike the majority of bloggers, I've never shied away from revealing my true identity. People can accept me for who I am, or not. At least this way I don't have to worry about people only liking the front I project, while living in fear that they might not like me if they knew who I really was. I should clarify that and say that this is for my benefit, and not a judgement on anyone else.
The photo I’ve been using since I began these ramblings was supposed to be a sort of ironically thoughtful pose – poking a little bit of fun at those who take themselves too seriously on their book covers. Of course irony doesn’t always translate and one blog I once visited laid into me for being overblown and laden with self-important pomposity. I was so taken aback that I just deleted my comment and left.
However, the other day I was looking for an image to use on my Skype profile and came across one that my son took of me last summer. What you can’t see is that I’d actually taken up a ‘Karate Kid’ style pose, standing one legged in the ‘crane spreads its wings’ position. Anyway, he caught the laughter in my face rather well and I thought that this was a warmer face to present to the world.
If you'd care to comment, I'd be interested to hear from anyone about why you chose the image (or not) used on your own blogger profile.