Whether or not to post a photo of yourself on your blog is a topic we discussed two years ago in the guest post titled, “Does An Ugly Blog(ger) Stand A Chance?”, by David Wright*.
The topic continues to be a concern not only to new, but to seasoned bloggers, as well.
Truth be told, a lot of writers turn to blogging hoping they’ll be judged by their words and not by what they look like.
Unfortunately the blogosphere is no different than the real world.
Those who are handsome, pretty, sexy and smart (looking) may have an advantage over their plainer looking fellow bloggers. And if their looks help them advance in the real world, they may use that in blogosphere, as well.
Some will wear horn rimmed glasses in their photos to appear smarter.
Blonds may darken their hair to be taken seriously.
Others may show sexy photos to entice readers to follow them.
Photo editing programs are often used to “enhance” a person’s features.
And then there are those who use their looks to compensate for their lack of writing skills.
I think it’s common for us to have a preconceived notion what others look like (if they don’t share a photo of themselves).
If someone is a technology blogger, we may envision them to be nerdy looking.
“Mommy blogger” can evoke an image of a woman in an apron, tenderly responding to her children as she lovingly cooks fabulous meals for her family. Or not.
We may assume those who have a blog in conjunction with their business are professional looking.
When we read the words of another blogger, it’s nice to “see” who’s talking.
However, if they’re not sharing a photo, we are left guessing and may be asking, “Why are they hiding?”
What’s a blogger to do?
When you land on a blog, can the photo of the blog author affect whether you read and/or subscribe to their blog?
Do you think a blogger can benefit from NOT posting their photo?
Care to share?