Background of a Profile Pic (literally)

If I didn’t have a profile picture, that wouldn’t bother me a bit. You know what I mean, don’t you? Showing a picture of myself online where the whole world can see my flaws…a little scary, isn’t it?

However, I think it’s nice to put a face with a name. If I like to see how you all look, it’s not fair if I don’t show you what I look like!

I first started using a profile picture when I joined Facebook. My favorite profile picture was one my cousin took of Emmy and me when she was a baby.

Emmy and me, 2008

Babies grow up, however, and so I needed a new profile picture for Facebook. Plus, I had joined the world of blogging. All of a sudden I needed a profile picture for Blogger. And then for Twitter and Gravatar. And Google+ and Pinterest and Blogfrog….

Since I seem to be the picture taker in the family, most of my profile pictures have been ones I take of myself. There was the profile picture that was actually of my profile, which my brother said, “Take it down! It doesn’t look like you!” There’s the one I took with my webcam, which my husband declared was “freaky.” Too bad if you want to see them…I’m not going to show them to you.

The latest profile picture I used was one that Lily took, which I thought was pretty good. But just last week I got new glasses, so the quest to have a new profile picture began once again. Here’s one picture I took of myself. It’s my studious look.

Do I look like a librarian or a teacher?


And here’s what was going on behind me as I took this self-portrait.


Behind my calm demeanor…

I haven’t actually changed any profile pictures yet. The thought itself is exhausting!


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37 Replies to “Background of a Profile Pic (literally)”

  1. I like your new profile photo, and I'm impressed that you can take one that looks so good with your phone. I do a terrible job of that. Hope you are well.

  2. This is great! When I started my blog and getting on social media my blog creator encouraged me to have someone take my photo in a casual environment (I used my backyard) however I like adding every day photos to my posts. I love the background in yours, it says so much about your every day life. Thanks for "letting us in" and I hope you keep sharing!
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  3. Hilarious!!! I loved reading this! Oh the things we could see when we don’t crop or edit everything!
    Thanks for sharing this..happy SITS day to you!!

  4. That's awesome. I'm going to start imagining the background of all profile photos now. Especially the serene, sunset on the beach ones- there's surely some chaos just outside the shot. Happy SITS day!

  5. I hate having my picture taken. What I THINK I look like & what the camera SHOWS I look like are quite different. I like my version of what I look like better; I just haven't figured out how to get that perception on film 🙂 But your profile pic is very good & you do look like a librarian/teacher.

    Happy SITS Day!

  6. It's so hard to pick a picture of myself because I tend to see every single, little flaw. Each bump, crooked tooth, squinty eye, wrinkle, line, etc. I will admit that I often use photo software to "enhance" my photos (get rid of background, erase a zit, etc.). Happy SITS day 😉
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  7. Shh. My most common profile pic is about 4 years old. But I love it and don't want to change it. And your video on impulse buying was funny. I enjoyed your girls' chorus. If you have time and interest, I hope you will check out my blog. It is called Pruning Princeses (I have two, ages 8 and 10). The subtitle is Raising Girls to Love God in a World that Doesn't. I hope you will come check it out; I think it may encourage you on your mothering journey!
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  8. I love how you were able to crop your profile photo and look calm, cool, and collected from such a chaotic photo. I can totally relate since I have 2 young kidos running around my house. I don't know if you were giving us a tip on how to crop a photo into something great but that's what you did for me 🙂 I look forward to following your blog. Happy SITS day!
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  9. I hate doing the profile picture too. Seriously, I see these people constantly taking pictures of themselves in the mirror and with their phones and it just never dawns on me to do that. Sigh, but I like yours ;). I think it makes you look more teacher than librarian though. Happy belated SITS day.
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