I spent a bit of time changing most of my avatars to a real picture of me instead of the sign language for the letter Z that i have been primarily using. Why? A few reasons i suppose. Having a picture of me instead of a graphic makes me feel like more of a person than a few pixels. I suspect that others feel the same. If you look at the collection of avatars below (my community members according to mybloglog.com) the graphic ones just scream spam. The ones of female scream fraud and the two pictures of guys are actually probably real people. I feel like i should give those two some link love. Thank you Erik and Shawn (spelled the right way i should add) for being real people!
It was nice to learn a lesson from watching the slow changes to the list of readers that have appeared on my list from mybloglog. If you want to grab some traffic have a good looking picture of yourself as your avatar. Sure, sex may sell – you might get one click from someone hoping that you’re a good looking woman but as soon as they see that your blog is about celebrity gossip (like “redonka”) or tech issues but no evidence that the avatar is you then you lose them for the long haul.
I am working on changing all of my avatars but one service makes it truly easy to change and i just wish it was more universal – Gravatar.