Do you know what I’m absolutely mad about? Profile pictures. I love them. They’re awesome.
You hear all about auditory learners and the like. I’m very visual. If you say, “Yo, Mercedes, where are your red and black stripped leg warmers with the cute little brass skully buttons?” I will first say, “Did you really use the word ‘Yo’?!” and then I will close my eyes and draw you a picture with my hands. “Go down the hall to my bedroom.” (demonstrates opening the door.) “Now you’re inside. Go to the left” (waves hand vaguely left) “bottom drawer” (pantomimes the drawer) “on the left side, under the black knee socks and the fishnets.” I have to see it in order to tell you. Otherwise it isn’t real. Otherwise I throw my hands in the air and exclaim, “I have socks?!”
So if I am anchored visually, then your forum/facebook/bio picture anchors me to you. It gives me somebody to picture as I type. It doesn’t matter if you think you’re fat or thin or hate your hair or look like a crazy man. I just need the visual. I don’t want to imagine you as a disembodied being or the cover of a book. Because that’s just creepy.
But pictures are daunting. Especially since I just put the pressure on you and said that’s how I (and everybody else) is going to imagine you. How do you want to be known? Seriously intelligent? Fun? Mysterious and brooding? Sexy and outrageous? I’ve scrapped all of that. I’m usually just shooting for Non Geeky, and if it’s a particularly fine day, Non Homicidal.
I feel ultra lame in front of the camera, and I know a lot of other people who do, too. But I also appreciate those who bite the bullet and take that blasted pic. I like knowing what people look like. It just seems much friendlier that way.
So I want to hear about you guys. All of your profile pics, all of your author’s photos. How do you decide? Do you love them? Hate them? Do you enjoy seeing other people’s? Would you rather everything be left to the imagination?
Also, remember my old Broken Laptop, mascot of this blog? We fixed that sucker enough to pull all of the pictures off of it. I’m extremely pleased, and will be posting them with wild abandon. Hope you like pictures of sharks and blossoms, that’s all I can say.