Why do Bloggers not post their Profile Pics on Indiblogger?

Damyanti
Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

I've been wondering why some bloggers never post a profile pic?

If the concern is privacy, they can put a cartoon, or any other picture.A lot of the bloggers do so, and that's fine.

I find it difficult to remember names, so when I'm promoting posts, to remember my favorite bloggers I always look at the profile pics. I also shy away from adding people with just the standard indiblogger icon to my network, because I might just end up promoting 4 posts by the same person, and miss out on other bloggers, because the limit is 100.

Can anyone expalin why some bloggers have no profile pics on indiblogger? Curious.

 

---Damyanti

 

 

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Ranjith
Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

I haven't used my photo ( I don't like putting my photos on the net Tongue out ) as my profile picture. And I was confused about which image I use use as my profile picture. So, I simply opened paint, made the background red and wrote my name on it. Tongue out 

Can anyone explain why some bloggers have no profile pics on indiblogger? 

May be they are lazy or never felt the need for it. Sealed

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

I don't know -- how long does it take to pick up a picture and post it? :)

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

But choosing the right picture is a big task. Wink

Fairy Princess
Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago

I don't have a profile pic because I am simply too lazy to do so. Embarassed Smile But I have one question: why do you promote the posts looking at the profile picture? Isn't it the content of the post that matters rather than who wrote it? Innocent When I promote the post, I don't look who has written it. If I like a post and if that blogger is not in my network, I will simply add him/her to my network; so that I when I see the posts from my network that blogger's post will show up. That's it. Then I can read their works and promote it if I like it. Laughing

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

In my reply above, it was you whom I referred to as lazy. Foot in mouth:P

Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago

Ranjith Tongue outCool

Avadhoot
from Jabalpur
6 years ago

IMHO:

I don't know why, but it is the inherent tendency of bloggers (including me) to read posts of bloggers with a profile picture.

It is not necessary to have real photographs as one  can go for design,scenery,cartoons,celebrities etc. Blank-custom-given-picture renders such a boring feel that bloggers often avoid to read those posts, forget about the voting.

Temptation and lethargy fall in the domain of the subconscious mind and so every preaching or wise lectures condemning the same shall turn futile.Wink

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

A profile pic reperesents a blogger, so it is natural to want to avoid folks who won't even bother to identify themselves with some picture.

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

I agree that profile pics don't tell us about the quality of posts. But if I like someone's post, I'd rather be able tospot them anywhere on the site. A profile pic is an identity, something people remember the blogger by.

Also, I always promote one post per blogger per day, because we have a limt of 100 bloggers, and I think everyone should be treated fairly when it comes to promoting them. If I add too many people without the profile pics to my network, I have to remember who I have already promoted based on their name alone.

And I guess I'm too lazy to do that! Wink

Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago
LOL! So now I know AV and Damyanti are never going to read my posts! Sigh...
Nandini Deka
from Bombay
6 years ago

dont worry pankti...i'll read...if u write spooky/hot things :D

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

Posts containing the words 'hot sunny afternoon'?  Tongue out

Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago

Thanks ND, I am suitably reassured Tongue outWinkLaughing

Avadhoot
from Jabalpur
6 years ago

FP: What I mentioned, generally holds true in case of the unacquainted bloggers.Wink    

Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago

Phew...thanks AV. For a minute you scared me WinkCool

 

PS: I am never ever going to add profile pic. Tongue out At least not for next 6 months. Undecided And please don't ask me the reason because I don't have one! Embarassed Embarassed

Avadhoot
from Jabalpur
6 years ago

try this-

It suits your id.

And see the page-view magic. Smile

or tell u don't know how to use gravator. Wink

 

Fairy Princess
from Delhi
6 years ago

Yes AV, I haven't bothered yet to see if I know how to use Gravator EmbarassedFoot in mouth And to be honest, if I try and find out that I don't know how to use Gravator, I am in no mood to learn it. Embarassed I simply don't feel like bothering with it. Embarassed

Nandini Deka
from Bombay
6 years ago
Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

Pankti on her rocket! Tongue out

Avadhoot
from Jabalpur
6 years ago

That witch's picture reminded me the story ' The black cat' by Ruskin Bond. :)

 

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

Some on IB uses this  mage. I think Sanjeetha Veni.

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

* Some one on IB uses this  image. I think Sanjeetha Veni.

Arti
Arti
from Mumbai
6 years ago

I agree. Though I was never interested in using 'my real picture' in my DP when I entered IB but still, I knew I wanted to use 'a picture'. And, the reasons for it were the same that you have pointed >>

- It helps people identify and spot you easily in a crowd. Otherwise, you might be increasing your chances of being missed by fellow bloggers.

- Helps build a brand identity on a site.

By the way, I love your cheerful infectious smile, Damyanti! Smile

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

Thanks Arti :). I can't understand the reluctance some bloggers have about creating a brand identity.

TF Carthick
TF Carthick
from Bangalore
6 years ago

Valid point, Damyanti. I found the number of votes on Indivine for my posts shot up after I took on a Gravitar. Aslo it is not a good idea to keep changing profile names and Gravtar if one wants to be remembered.

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

Gravatar is easy once it is set up-- I had it already for my wordpress blog. I still can't bring myself to follow those without a profile pic on indiblogger.

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

changing...  Gravtar if one wants to be remembered.

That is why I am too reluctant to change my text-domainated DP. Cool

Nandini Deka
from Bombay
6 years ago

i changed mine several times :/

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

But the face is the same. Tongue out

Don't say that you will go for plastic surgery. Tongue out

Stagg Mann
Stagg Mann
from Stagg Landd
6 years ago

It's hard as hell to set up this pic. I went through a lotta trouble to create that Gravitar. I only didnt quit because a lot of effort had gone into making this pic.

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

Gravatar takes a little time, but it's not so hard.

Ranjith
from hyderabad
6 years ago

Damyanti, I think he meant creating the profile image! Innocent I'm sure that the superman's head does not look like the one in Stagg's DP.  Cool

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

lol Ranjith maybe you're right, after all.

Hitakshi Bawa
Hitakshi Bawa
from New Delhi
6 years ago

It may be ppl want to be live in some privacy.... moreover we should respect that but I also can't understand that what they actually are doing on social networking sites when they needs privacy or are not ready for the transparency.

Damyanti
from Singapore
6 years ago

If privacy is a concern they can pick any random picture. Almost anything is better than that ghostly red icon.

okay, point is correct. It is easier to remember one by picture than by name. It does not tell about quality of posts, but decreases the load on brain. Lets save our dimaag Laughing

Nilanjana Bose
Nilanjana Bose
from Bahrain
6 years ago

Hello Damyanti n everyone,

Bit late but thought I'd just chip in here - as someone with that ghostly red icon (I dislike it too!) Gravtaar is way too complicated and highly off-putting :)  I don't want to have to create another separate account ( I'm on Blogger and not WP) if IB had a Gravtaarless option here, I'd put a picture up pronto. 

 

Srinidhi
Srinidhi
from Los Angeles
5 years ago
Yep its a fact that its easy to remember people by pics...point noted...and a good tip for beginners
I have gravatar since ages and still await comments. Should I put up gravatar of tom cruize, or A golie, sugg
Ashutosh Kushwaha
Ashutosh Kushwaha
from Jaipur
5 years ago

may be they don't have accounts on gravatar. Laughing

Amod SP
Amod SP
from Delhi
5 years ago

Very interesting reading. Now google has taken the initiative of removing anonymity from the internet. Google Authorship ask for verification of credentials which include a photo with a clear headshot. 

gravatar by wordpress.com and google authorship. should be a good deal

Desire v/s Destiny
from Gurgaon
5 years ago

i guess bloggers are shy people 

Vaibhav
Vaibhav
from Jaipur
3 years ago

Old topic, but still valid. I returned to blogging this march after a hiatus of 10 years. I dont use a profile photo, instead a self-portrait silohuette works well. Its human tendency to find 'a voice' in what's written. To add a photograph goes a notch above that. For certain topics - poetry, taboo topics (three letter words), there's some comfort in anonymity. Others - politics, travel, sports, one would like to associate a face to the post. There's nothing definitive about this choice.

pranju chakrapani
pranju chakrapani
from Assam
3 years ago

I have become so obsessed with my profie pic that I have removed my real picture from all the social networks and instead am using my existing one. I have become so obsessed with my existing profile pic that I have choped off my once shiny bouncy kkk srk types hair to match the pic. in short there is obsession and danger to even profile pics :) 

I think privacy may be a concern. But they have to know that it is not a social media site which everyone visits. This website is popular among bloggers. And I think with bloggers there is no privacy concern.

Aslam Khan
Aslam Khan
from Assam
1 year ago

I don't know whatever the concern is/was regarding profile picture. I feel that the profile picture defines the identity of the person in any way. Some may be kiddish in their nature and like to drop a cartoon picture, some are influenced by fairy tales and they define them with fairy tale character. Some May choose an abstract that they feel, will best define their soul or character. Sometimes when you are sad you would like to upload a  picture that portrays the sad soul within you. and when you are happy you may select a greener side. And some may be confused with what will be the best snap to make their profile a chosen one. Also, some may not take profile picture a serious case, no matter what.

More than any other person we always have a look at our profile picture. It's not a matter of checking all the time but the profile picture always remains stuck at every page. 

In my case, I have uploaded mine as i always want to face the world with "the real me". I want the best and healthy critics and want to step up. I want to let people know who am i. It was a time when i wrote fancy names as my username with a heroic character. Now my candles are Increasing in number on my birthday cake and I don't think much to upload my profile pic.Cool

Arvind Passey
from Delhi
1 year ago

The 'real me', I must say, can never be the 'latest me'... or the 'newest me'... :) Thus one reason why many bloggers may opt to have no picture uploaded is because they wish to stay away from constantly having to replace an old pic with a new pic or being told that 'you don't look in real life what you seem to be on the social media'. :)

Simply Life Tips
Simply Life Tips
from Kottayam
1 year ago

I tried to use my blog logo, and tried uploading many times, but not showing. Don't know why. Is it coming from Gravatar? How to bring from Gravatar?

The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
1 year ago

Go to Dashboard-> Account Settings. On the left side of your account name, you will see a blank grey box. Simply drag your avatar or select the image after clicking on the box. Once you, do that, there will be three icons. Click on the one with an arrow pointing upwards. Once the saved signed comes on the top right part of the image, you're done. Just in case, click on that update button.After that, wait. It takes some time to see that difference. 

The Sorcerer
The Sorcerer
from Mumbai
1 year ago

It is just an avatar. We've been having the avatar since the 90s? It is been used in forums, free sites like Geocities/expage and even ICQ. It is your version of representing yourself like a nickname. Like mine! It is always Domo, the big bad brown boy! Because I am the big bad brown boy! :D

Actually, I also happen to identify the posts through the Profile Pic... and I was thinking that i was alone in thinking so. I would like to thank Damyanti for broaching the topic for discussion. 


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