There they are again, those questions about me, about my appearance, about whether I will ever or why I do not publish any photographs of myself. Mostly it comes through Tumblr, which should come as no surprise really, and not through those readers who find their way here. I guess it is easier to understand my reasoning when you read the personal posts I publish rather than the more blatant images without any commentary or captions elsewhere.
Photo Source: pikabu
And yet there is still this desire amongst some to put an image, a visual to the person behind these words. Is it really necessary? Is it going to make any real difference to what I write if someone can quickly reference a photograph of my boobies?
Is someone going to think more of what I write because they can see what I look like or, more to the point, because they can see what I have tucked inside my blouse or hidden away up my skirt? Is this what serious writing is all about?
Take a look at all of the more serious newspapers and journals – printed paper things you can still get in a kiosk – and see how many journalists have their photograph included with their byline. It isn’t all that many, simply because the weight should be on what they write and not affected by what they look like.
Image Source: joyreactor
None of them, as far as I can recall, have any more than a face, when there is an image there. So why the request to see my boobies, or more, when reading what my thoughts are? If I wanted to do that sort of thing this blog would be a completely different thing entirely, and I am sure that much of what I write wouldn’t be taken at all seriously, and I do write serious entries now and then!
It is often said, before going into a major conference where someone is the speaker, or before sitting at a table to negotiate a new deal or a job: ‘imagine them all in the nude’. That might help put you at ease, if your mind goes that way, or reduce your ‘opponents’ to something less than they really are, but is it necessary here? I don’t think so, and so I shall remain by my original decision: the photograph on this blog is as far as it goes, be happy with that. My thoughts, my words, are what matters here, whether everyone likes it or not.
Love & Kisses, Viki.