It's from the webcam. I was just home from a tutor session and doing some paperwork, checking my e-mail, and decided to smile for the camera. So I made one. A smile, that is. Purple. Purple broad tip Sharpie on a note card.
When I go blog hopping, searching on a particular interest, I get a page full of profile summaries with profile images. Whether or not I decide to visit a certain blog depends a lot on the profile photo, with not much else to go on.
When someone first visits my blog and leaves a comment, their profile pic is part of the comment too. It's part of my first impression just as if we were meeting for the first time face to face.
So for that reason, I've figured I should have one too.
How important is a profile image? I prefer photos of the bloggers themselves. I like to see their faces for some reason - to put a face to the words I guess. It's not a requirement, but a preference. Maybe I'm just nosy. Maybe it makes them more "real" to me.
Of course, on the internet, we can almost make our profile pics whatever we want. It's a handy masking device. Even if it is a head shot, it can be of a totally different person. It can be manipulated in photoshop or similar. It can be from the past.
So mine? It's me. Mostly.
Sharpies are permanent. Keep smiling.
From the NaBloPoMo prompt:
"Tell us about your profile photo or the picture you use on your "about me" page."