What Does Your Profile Picture Say?!

Hello dear Indibloggers!

The profile picture we use is like a window to our blog.  But most of times, we are not bothered about it.   Resultantly, it affects our blog traffic.

Sometimes, we are interested to check out a blog because it has an interesting picture, and at times, we don't feel interested to see one, as the picture itself is not interesting.

For the New bloggers, especially its important that you put a profile picture that best tells about that aspect of your personality about which you are writing in the blog.

I have seen many many such blogs, where the profile pic suggested something else, and it comes out to be something else. I cannot take any names here!

The worst can be putting the pic of a girl when u r a male blogger!

I wrote an article in my blog and its on Indivine too (same title as the title of this thread), and gave a detailed analysis of why people choose the kind of pics they choose for their blogs. ( If Renie allows me, i can put a link here!).

Since, nobody seems to have a problem, here's link http://myworldmyperception.blogspot.com/2010/07/what-does-your-profile-picture-say.html

What do you think about it? Why did you choose your current profile pic?

Would you like me to comment on your profile pics? and comment on whether it goes well with the content of your blog or not?

Restless

 

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varsha
varsha
from New Delhi
9 years ago

an interesting thought!Frankly I never thought much of it till you reminded me-just put whatever was at hand.

I must hunt for a suitable profile picture -hence doing with a logo:))Laughing

wd welcome your thoughts on it.

U know varsha, the pic on your blog u with ur daughter is really beautiful. shows the essence of your blog, u nurture life and nature and love kids, it says the same thing. why dont u put it here? its a lovely pic.

 

Sujith
Sujith
from Kerala
9 years ago

It's me.. nothing to hide.. be honest

Hey varsha!!    good to hear from u! I know we talked about it and u changed it. but really dear, i can't read what is written.

thanks!

oops sorry, erroneously posted here! (ie reply for varsha)

Hi sujith, well true, u r using ur face close up, u look straight in the face of the reader, have a calm expression, saying "I know what I am saying" and " I mean business".

And seriously u do! u have a techie blog and u have the highest Indirank 90 !

Great going!

Restless

Sujith
from Kerala
9 years ago

Restless... Thanks,Smile but it's not comfortable to call "restless"

Hi sujith ! u r the first person to tell me this ! First thing, this is the word that best defines me ! and second, therefore I love to be called that! 

 I am quite restless and my mind keeps asking me questions, that's the reason I started to blog. So I am absolutely happy being called restless!!

Restless Smile

Sujith
from Kerala
9 years ago

I mean to say.. in conversations .. hi "restless"  hello  "restless" .....

It's OKSmile

I understand... it sounds a little strange.  But keep saying it Sujith... u will like it!!

Restless

Sujith
from Kerala
9 years ago

Ok OKSmile Sensitive hearts are always restless

Laughing

Aldeena
Aldeena
from New Delhi
9 years ago

I chose my DP after a lot of snooping around honestly, it gives out a certain enigmatic aura, you don't know what to expect. That is something like what I am, and my blog being an extension of that..well, thought that it fit in perfectly... Mysterious and interesting! Wink

Hi Aldeena,

surely a pic like this makes u look very very mysterious and for once one has to go and check out ur blog.! so did I ! spent a lot of time there and commented with open heart!!! go check it! But, somehow I feel a little bit of personal feel of the person writing a "personal" blog should be there, so that the reader can identity with him/her.

Although I could, I read the first ever post on the blog, and I could know you and relate to u !

PS: good u r out of hibernation!

 

Restless

Aldeena
from New Delhi
9 years ago

The whole aura of mystery fades if I reveal too much about myself.. and yes, I do reveal a lot about myself through what I write, esp in some of the older posts! And will def be doing so bit by bit... Don't worry! Wink The personal aspect lies in the fact that what I write is what I think, it can be just purely random stuff that I dish out, or a little anecdote out of my life. My life exists in snippets on the blog. Smile

Addy
from Mumbai
9 years ago

I'd agree with Aldeena, I have read her blog upside down (and I believe vice versa too) also, we have had loads of conversation, yet the mystery remains. And this makes it interesting indeed!

May be, I reserve my comments here.

Restless

Hey Aldeena, u changed ur pic?

Aldeena
from New Delhi
9 years ago

yea..for pure exhibition purpose! To show off the aviators! Tongue outWink It's still mysterious..you can't see me as such! Hehe! Though I look more like an assassin than a minstrel! Innocent

LOL!

Mag[m]
Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

But i choose just a random pic ..... 

Hey Mag! You know something, as for me, u chose the right, just the right picture.

I have seen u blog, it shows as a casual, carefree, cool and "couldn't care less guy" ! You have written " history of insanity" and  "just killing ma time" thing in your blog.  So in this pic, u look cool and relaxed and  it also says what your blog says,

so keep it !

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

hey restless mindblowing yaar...... even i didnt realize this ever.... thnxs to u to indroduce me with magLaughing

Addy
from Mumbai
9 years ago

Restless, is a perfect picture reader! 

Deepak
from India
9 years ago

hey u all... y havnt see the pic of Mag seriously...

just zoomed in & then see...

hw insane he is.... Wink

 Hey Mag! am glad u appreciate what i said!

and dear Addy! thank you so much! Smile

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

@deepak.... welcome back dude....hows ur trip...

@restless.... na seriously dude u r awesome.....

thanks Mag!!

Deepak
from India
9 years ago

@Mag: coming back wid a bang...

@ Geeta, I have visited ur blog on debt recovery (2-3 times earlier too), u have two more blogs on patent laws and Indian lawyers and firms.  Moreover, after seeing such serious stuff, I could not dare to write "hi! i just visited ur blog"  It would have sounded so stupid!

About ur profile picture,  Presently, u r using a pic which has a beautiful backdrop, undoubtedly.  But does not really bring out the PROFESSIONAL GEETA SINGH.  She looks like a pretty young lady admiring nature.  You got what I want to say ? Since you have a professional blog related to law specifically, you can consider selecting a pic when you are at work, professional work.

Rest is up to you dear, u r the best judge.

Keep blogging!

Restless

divyangshu tripathi
divyangshu tripathi
from kolkata
9 years ago

 I dont know why i like this pic this much but it reminds me of the changes that has taken place in me as a human and a part of the society i love this pic and call it incarnated i think it best defines me...what do you think about it restless sis???

 

Hey divz!

When I was new on this forum, i was looking for interesting blogs, and first thing u see is the pic of the blogger. And believe me, I liked the pic. I mean a 20 something, obviously in this age, u r confused, u r unhappy with system, parents, have bonding troubles, girl friend issues and all that. This pic showed someone who is sensitive to all this and somehow feels one with the nature, the Supreme power ( the spread arms gesture)

This is my reading about the pic.  And since I know u as a blogger now, a blogger pal u r ( and u call me sis too), I know it very well that what is getting reflected in this pic is exactly what is there in your blog.

keep blogging!!

Restless

 

divyangshu tripathi
divyangshu tripathi
from kolkata
9 years ago

restless sis since you are so good at reading pics i suggest you must set up some kind of a workshop or something you are really god at this and at times your comments they really fill me up..thanx for all the beautiful comments and the support you have shown...you rock sis andyes stagnant ponds invite scum while the restless rivers bring fertility and prosperity

Divz! dear divz thank you so much for those heart felt words for me!  am glad i could touch ur soul.

hmm, i should think about it, reading pics as a profession Smile

wow! so well said "stagnant ponds invite scum while the restless rivers bring fertility and prosperity"

Restless

 

Mohan
Mohan
from Bangalore
9 years ago

interesting thread.. now I know why the name 'RESTLESS'

 @ Mohan - Smile

Restless

Mohan
from Bangalore
9 years ago

But you didn't tell anything about my profile pic :( Frown

Oh! actually u didn't ask for it, so i thought it was inappropriate to put someone under my microscope when he/she has not even asked for it!

Well dear Mohan, as i already said, ppl putting their own picture, simple straight face cut, mean they have nothing to hide, i mean about their identity, same goes with u too.  (But i personally feel that other B n w pic of yours was better.) and can i say something, this one is good, but better wud be the one u looking straight into the eyes the reader ( the camera for that matter). Thanks for asking, and hope u won't mind my honest views.

Mohan
from Bangalore
9 years ago

Point noted and your preference :)

I am all game for honest and open reviews. Thanks!

Mohan
from Bangalore
9 years ago

phew nobody responds here :(

Hi! m glad for that! sorry for delayed response.

Loganathan
Loganathan
from Chennai
9 years ago

I've displayed my own picture :)

 

Cheers,

Loga

Hi Loganathan! thanks 4 putting up ur pic here under my microscope!

You use ur own pic for ur personal blog Cresloga's blog. Its nice and appropriate.  Since there are no funny angles (abt ur pic) so its simple, decent, u look friendly, but an introvert at the same time and you are what u are. Honest, nothing to hide! Keep it!

Loganathan, ppl call u Loga, ur book reviews are amazing! keep blogging pal!

 

Loganathan
from Chennai
9 years ago

Hey Restless,

It is so nice of you to provide a explanation on my profile picture. Glad that you like my book reviews. Thanks and keep visiting. Ya I like being an introvert online..!!

 

Cheers,

Loga

@ Loga, am glad i got it right !

and u r welcome!

any thing on mine?

 

 

Ah! you were under my microscope for a long time!!!

Dear Avishek, hope u won't mind if I say that this pic doesnot go with ur blog. U should not as u asked for it!!

You know u write such delicate poetry, the latest one on euthanasia, and the profile name is so right " just a pen in my hand" but the pic suggests a macho man, with his bulging muscles.  Of course the pic is nice, is it yours?! But, the first impression on me was " ah, a macho man, can he rhyme?!"  so dear let us see the real you, if anonymity is not an issue with u.

THIS IS FOR ALL THE READERS - THE THINGS WRITTEN IN THIS THREAD ARE ONLY MY OBSERVATION. THIS IS ONLY A CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK. SO PLEASE DON'T FEEL BAD. I AM A PART OF YOU ALL.

Restless

Just a pen in my hand
from Agartala
9 years ago

hey restless...wow!  wat an observation...really appreciate tis coming frm u, thanx...wel , as for anonymity , I gues u alrdy know my name ! Wel , i chose tis pic , coz it kind of portrayed tat wat may  externally look macho or cool , mayb soft n tender inside...wat do u think , isnt tis wat v poets may like to think abt our poems , powerful n strong , yet touchn te innermost chords delicately....?..hmmm...wel i think i wil look into te matter...thanx agn... Smile

Avishek, if u honestly ask me then u should change it. it seems like some fitness blog pic. All the very best!

Just a pen in my hand
from Agartala
9 years ago

done ! hope it doesnt look like manoj kumar's blog nw ! ;)

Hi! LOL!

no no this one is better than that!! thinking musing poet !

 

SO FRIENDS, HERE IS THE REAL AVISHEK, THE POET, who writes wonderful poetry and looks like a poet too!

Just a pen in my hand
from Agartala
9 years ago

haha...looks like a poet it seems !! hw abt te restless poetess nw ?? 

Gouri
Gouri
from Hyderabad
9 years ago

Mine doesn't say anything, it just laughs..

Upasana Bhattacharjee
from New York
9 years ago

That's one cute laughing kitty Tongue out

Gouri
from Hyderabad
9 years ago

Meow!

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

cute laugh.... how said it a cute laugh..... grin

Hi Gouri i am a little scared of animals and Mag, I partly agree with you! Gouri, ur kitty scares me with her toothy grinTongue out

But on a serious note, ur two blogs - one on Internet and blogging and the other on travel, both are very meticulously worked upon. Very impressive ways of putting useful info in both. there is versatality in the internet blog, it was nice. But i cudnot see ur profile or info about u there.  comments were off in travel blog.

Once again I would say dear Gouri, picture speaks so much, u said, urs doesnot say anything.  Its not a reflection of your blog, the kitty i mean, is it a reflection of your personality ?  If u r a cat lover then, surely you admire yourself. If u r not then, u r catty in your behaviour and/ or attitude. 

Do give a feedback, as i had nothing to read u dear!

Restless

Gouri
from Hyderabad
9 years ago

Hi ARMWASH! You get this short name for calling me catty. Just kidding. Thanks for your detailed, straight forward feedback. Seems, time to change the pic as it's only adding to the confusion created by my name... By the way, the about page is on my newly launched personal blog Life & Beyond. Visit it before these wardi wale gunde remove this link..Laughing

Hey Gouri! nothing bad about being catty. I feel Karina kapoor is catty and i just love her style! she is too good! so calling u catty was a compliment dear. and btw, the way u retorted back calling me armwash, is actually a catty character! hence proved!

sure, will visit ur personal blog. this baby pic is cute ! happy blogging!

Restless

 

OMG ! Gouri your name, picture and absence of your profile details or your personal information is quite confusing! I just read ur personal blog and realised why u didnot like my catty comment!!!!!!!!!!!

sorry dear, ur name is so confusing and on top of that this pic (now a cute baby!). Am sorry for my Kareena Kapoor comments. I take them back.

PS: Now u know how important is it to put a right picture? How will a reader understand who is writing? Do give some information about urself in the personal blog also.

take care !

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

hey gouri.... nice pic (at least u remove scary catty)Surprised

Gouri
from Hyderabad
9 years ago

@ Restless: Never mind the Kareena Kapoor example. It's better than that of Priyadarshini from 'Rahul (Mahajan) Dulhania Lejayenge' Laughing You made me change 2 profile photos in a day. Hope, I stick to this one for some time.Smile

Gouri
from Hyderabad
9 years ago

@Mag: Thanks uncle... Oops! I am no more a baby..Laughing

Hey gouri! glad u didnot mind. also glad that u took my observations in a positive way.

this pic is nice!!

Deepak
from India
9 years ago

Mag uncle...hahahaha...

well said Gauri.. Tongue out

Addy
Addy
from Mumbai
9 years ago

Hi restless,

Im sorry for not replying to you about my profile pic. I am quiet lost these days, will get back to you soon, I promise!

PS: Rocking thread. will post @topic soon too.

Hi Addy! Please take ur time. and take care. Let me know if i can help.

I am sure, u will. and thanks a ton, for encouraging me again!  waiting...

 

Hey Addy! finally u changed ur pic, am glad to see u liked my idea that profile pics leave impact on readers....... U HAVE LEFT A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON ALL OF US!!!!!!

Carry on Addy!

 

RESTLESS

Mine says that I'm a psycho

LEB
from anywhere,anytime,anyday
9 years ago

Mine is a true picture of exactly how I look in real life. No PhotoShop there... ;) On a serious note, I never thought that an image could work in favor/against getting a reader to visit. But maybe it does.

Image plays a major role. With the kind of unisex profile name you have, the only way to find if you're a guy or a gal is by the profile pic. And be it a social networking site or blog or Las vegas, pretty gals attract more traffic.

Hi Raja Indrajit! Indrajit will do?!

and how does ur pic say that u r a psycho?? i didnot c that.

I found your blog very very intersting. u have wonderful sense of humour ( the why do i blog post). The pic doesnot reveal much actually, and so does ur name, is that ur real name, can i ask please? There is some mystery about it, but blog is more open, its friendly for the reader, gives a very open nice feeling. then why this pic, which says, u don't know me.  to be honest, i didnot like it really. For such a nice blog, a more friendly expression, even if in the sketch form would have been wonderful.

Restless

LEB
LEB
from anywhere,anytime,anyday
9 years ago

I am not sure what category my profile image would fit into ...from the link that restless mind provided. ;(

Hi LEB! Thanks for waiting patiently! Hmm, I want to say a lot of things to you.

What is this pic - seems like a mask of raavana or may the face of effigy of raavana (after writing two posts advocating raavana, i see him everywhere!) I have no clue. Ok lets take it as abstract.

What does ur profile name mean - I never had french in my school, how am i supposed to know it? so the confused blogger, you have managed to confuse me.

Don't be happy when i say this, as I could never go to the land so confusing ( read your blog) because the pic always looked strange, had symmetry but lacked aesthetics and was scary.

dear friend, if i donot know as a reader, whether its a man or a woman writing, how do i relate to it?  Men and Women have definite styles of writing and feeling things, so at times, we choose blogs by the gender of the blogger.

You have a wonderful blog, really, and latest post was very touching, shows the sensitive side of yours. I really liked ur blog. Only if i knew who is writing it? how does he/she look or he/she represents himself/herself, would have added to my pleasure of reading. Hope u understand what i am saying.

Restless

 

Lalit Patnaik
Lalit Patnaik
from Bangalore
9 years ago

Never thought about it. I always thought that content and the look and feel of the site is all that mattered. So, this is some enlightenment for me. I just put up a picture of mine that looks ok and even tend to change it from time to time. Looks like I'll have to put some more thought henceforth. What's your take on changing the pic every now and then just so that you don't bore your readers?

And by the way, may I ask the expert, what does my pic say?

Hi Lalit ! first thing, I am not an expert, just an observer! but thanks, it feels good!

Am glad u appreciate my point. But changing ur pic again and again, i don't think, is a great idea. ur pic becomes ur identity and ppl remember u by that.  the look of a blog remains in our mind and changing it just like that is not a great idea.

About ur pic, the one in your blog is better. You have mentioned in your profile, u r a die hard lover of nature. that pic is close to a sea, on the rocks, so use that !

Restless

Hi Lalit ! first thing, I am not an expert, just an observer! but thanks, it feels good!

Am glad u appreciate my point. But changing ur pic again and again, i don't think, is a great idea. ur pic becomes ur identity and ppl remember u by that.  the look of a blog remains in our mind and changing it just like that is not a great idea.

About ur pic, the one in your blog is better. You have mentioned in your profile, u r a die hard lover of nature. that pic is close to a sea, on the rocks, so use that !

Restless

Lalit Patnaik
from Bangalore
9 years ago

Hey Restless,

Thanks for the feedback :-)

Mayank Sharma
Mayank Sharma
from New Delhi
9 years ago

I think the blog title / post title attracts more traffic than the picture itself....  You can write an amazing blog but dont care enough for the pic.. i dont think it will not work.

Think of it as a karan johar movie v/s Dev D / A wednesday / Tere bin laden....  content wins in the end :)

hwever, i do agree wit restless on the fact tht its really silly when male bloggers smtimes put girls' pics just to attract traffic....  Its dwnright e-exploitation ..

 

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

hey restless its a challenge for u..... now what this great profile pic sayCool

Hi mayank ! Of course the content of the blog is the most important thing, but first for that the reader should decide to read it.  U can attract a reader once by a good pic, but u have to have good stuff to keep him coming back to u. agreed.

tts stupid to put a girls pic in a man's blog, and its also stupid to be showing something else in the pic and being something else on the blog. so profile pic and the name plays the role.

 

@ Mag - u r so naughty!

 

Restless

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

@restless..... thnxs for compliment...Cool

And By the way Mayank, its not exploitation, its misleading.

Checked ur blog with that loud blog title. don't mind but was that a way to attract traffic?

Sanjay Shettennavar
Sanjay Shettennavar
from Belgaum
9 years ago

'Profile' means the profile of the blogger and not of the blog. Blogs should not be judged by the profile picture. True that photos of good looking girls attract the attention of surfers, especially male, but the interest ends with being satisfied with the larger view of the photo and not beyond. Use of copyrighted photos is also the point that restrains me from using fascinating images.

Hello Sanjayji, u got me wrong. absolutely wrong. I didnot start this thread to encourage people to use others' copyrighted pics as their profile pics.  Rather, to use their own pics of self in a better way keeping in view the flavour of the blog.

People using simple photos meaning no wierd angles and things, are just right.  Like in your case, you are using a self picture and you look friendly and approachable, and so is the shade of your blog. Its simple and encourages interaction with the reader.

I would say u c the link of the post i have given in the beginning, u will understand what i want to say.

regards

Deepak
Deepak
from India
9 years ago

in end RESTLESS rocks wid the great ideas...

keep on rocking lyk dat RESTLESS....

For indiPolice: Plz recruit RESTLESS in ur team...

d name defines the status... Smile

Mag[m]
from Delhi
9 years ago

hey deepak dude..... come to mumbai for indimeet....its nice to meet with u

@ Deepak - thanks!

Deepak
from India
9 years ago

@Mag: r u coming man????

running out of money.... anyone finance me... plz

for the sake of indi-meet...

sweta tiwary
sweta tiwary
from bangalore
9 years ago

I just added one of my close up picture.... lets see wt restless mind says about it :)

Hi sweta ! visited ur blog, u have changed the pic there. Looking at your picture I can say u r a very sweet and simple girl and you are still in the impressionable state of mind. You don't have strong opinions about things and u r flexible. And of course, u r pretty !

consider changing the pic in your blog, why don't u use this one there? since privacy is not an issue with u. this is much better, gives a personal touch.

Keep blogging,

Restless

sweta tiwary
from bangalore
9 years ago

Thanks Restless mind for the reply.

I will consider your suggestion about the personal touch. Smile

@Mayank: Lets see now you visit my blog or not ;)

u welcome!


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