I posted recently about blogger bios, a subject that gets overlooked a lot compared to author bios (and fair enough, too - we can change ours!).
I've heard lots of interesting stuff about head shots for writers too - Kristin Nelson has a good post about it here. But again, how about us unpublished bloggers? We're trying to connect with people, to 'platform-build', to 'network'. How do we go about representing ourselves visually?
As you can all see, I use a photo of myself (yes, that is me, not some random girl in a park!). It was taken by Writer Friend, my moth-phobic trilogy-writing pal, a couple of years ago and I really should update it. Plus, I've been thinking of switching to a photo where I'm actually smiling.
But the problem is, I do not take a good photo. The current one is good, but it's rare. Replacing it is a problem. Facebook pictures are the same - I am trying to be one of those people with the cool Facebook profile pictures, you know the ones, that show the subject abseiling and white-water-rafting and canoeing and skydiving and such. Not because I want people to think I'm more interesting than I am (although that would be nice) but because, crucially, in those photos it is harder to see the face.
Such photos are hard to fake in a coffee shop, though, so no luck so far.
Of course, not everyone wants to use a photo. I'm very fond of Talli's coffee cup picture and a good graphic can be far more eye-catching and personal than a blurry or substandard photo. I used Livejournal for years, just to keep in touch with friends, and their standard 100x100 pixel squares are a new art form.
Why did you choose your userpic?