Especially since this particular pet peeve of mine is perpetuated by some of my dearest blogger friends.
Here it is.
For the love of Pete (whoever he may be) please use a picture of yourself as your profile picture. You may not need a professional author photo yet, but if you want people to remember you attached to your name, please, please, please...post a current picture.
For example. Our fearless leader Carol, AKA Huntress remained 2 Separate People! in my mind for over a year! For some reason she has issues posting a picture of herself (I think she's beautiful by the way.). Hey, we all wish we were younger, thinner, had longer/shorter/straighter/curlier hair, etc.
Take a chance and trust people with a picture of you and your real name or the name you want to be known by. Do you really want to build a brand like this:
Yeah, it's cute, but it makes it hard to connect your blog/twitter/facebook/stories to you.
Pick a head shot or at least a picture from the waist up where its close enough that people will recognize you if they pass you in the grocery store. Smile or be mysterious. Just don't pick your nose. Not for the picture anyway. Then use the same picture EVERYWHERE. This is now part of your brand.
Q4U: If you don't use a head shot, what are you afraid of? I really want to know.
5 Tips for Taking a Good Author Photo by ebookpublishinghq. This post had me laughing out loud. My favorite is the reference to a romance writer's photo. Made me think about switching genres, but don't tell my hubby!
5 Tips for Taking a Great Author Photo by Voices from the Heart mentions some of the cliched photo poses.
9 Suggestions for Taking Better Head Shots by Michael Hyatt, author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson). Enough said.
Look Great in Your Author Photo by The Review Review has a long list of things, including how to hide a double chin. What about that extra 30 lbs?