Each time that I've modified my blog theme, I've left off a picture of me on the front page. Each time I leave it off, I get a ton of emails and comments asking where it is! I'll never make that mistake again – it's fascinating to me how much feedback and personality it brings to the site. I'm not narcissistic by any means, I do struggle with putting photos of myself on the site. However, I absolutely recognize how difficult it is to build a relationship with someone you've never seen.
If blogs are conversations, how do you have a conversation with someone you can't see? I have to admit, before embedding my smiling mug in the header, the site really did look quite generic. I wonder how much impact a smiling face has to the growth of the blog. Surely it has some impact.
The glamor shot above was taken about 4 years ago while I was working for a dot com in Denver, Colorado. I'm heavier, grayer and softer than I was in that terrific photo. That photographer had a lot of talent! It's a shot that I'll keep around on the site for quite a while. Unless of course I get back in shape (other than pear). I joke with people that if I had to jog or ride a bike to run my laptop, I'd be Mr. Universe. Surely science can catch up with us to provide us a healthy lifestyle of keyboarding, pizza and late-night programming, can't they?
Meanwhile, I'll keep the glamor shot up. When I do get to meet you, you'll see the same smile there – though the face isn't quite as handsome.