I’ve been thinking I really need to make myself an avatar. I’ve had one I used over the years on various web forums, etc, but unfortunately, it identifies me publically in a way that I do not want. My family would recognize it immediately, plus it’s all about one of my special interests and that would also give away too much for my liking.
An avatar is a really neat concept. You can present yourself however you want, and it becomes your alias. You can do so while identifying yourself, or remaining anonymous. I’m going for the anonymous variety. Everyone’s avatar has a story, and carries a unique meaning to the person who uses it.
I’m not very artistically inclined (not even close), but I’m looking for an avatar that matches me that I can use here and on twitter. Not that I don’t like the yellow ring that wordpress has assigned to me, but it’s not really me, and its rather generic. And the twitter white egg blue background is boring beyond belief, though the notion that I’m still a baby at twitter, not even really hatched yet, is actually pretty much accurate. My egg needs a couple of cracks to be more accurate… I’ve tried to get out, taken a few whacks at it, but haven’t really figured it out yet.
I thought about trying to do something with 3 eyes or 3 sets of eyes – you know, “Third Glance”. But I don’t like eyes, and they’re certainly not what I want representing me. Plus I have no skill with or access to photoshop, which poses a problem for making something epic like that. I also considered making my avatar my research subject, but if you figured out what it is, I would be instantly identifiable. So much for anonymity. For the same reason I won’t ever use a picture of myself.
But enough about what I don’t want to use… I love the ocean, so maybe I’ll go that direction. Shades of blue are my favorite. Like the ocean. And I love geometric/mathematical patterns. Maybe that is what I should aim for. Blue, ocean, geometric patterns. Or something like that.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Words of wisdom? Images of inspiration?
What is the story behind the little ~60×60* pixel image that you use to represent yourself online? Every person’s avatar has a story behind it, and I would love to hear them in the comments. 🙂
*not all avatars are 60*60 – Twitter, for example, is 73×73. But it’s an approximation. I could’ve said “little square picture”, but I like numbers.