I have a big mix of types of writing that I do/have done online. There was a time when x percent of all my online activities/writing was straight-busness-type writing (although straight-business-type writing is often completely separate from anything online). Another x-percent was for free-time writing (which often more casual and/or creative and with yet another x-percent of that having turned into what was I thought of as "semi-business"). Then, too, yet another x-percent of what I have/have done online hasn't been real business at all, and yet there's been another x-percent that is/has been of a more serious nature. Then, in the mix of it all there has always been the stuff (represented by its own x-percent) that I would call, "just fooling around".
Yet a different x-percent is stuff that I'd call, "Get it down now while you think of it. Figure out what it is and what to do with it later."
With a shift in how much "real" business and "semi-business" stuff I do online these days (I do have some version of an offline life), I've decided to try to make it more clear (to anyone who at all may be interested) that at this point this online stuff I do is its own thing, and something I do because I have the time. When/if I don't have the extra time I'm also not online writing stuff.
I does, however, make a fairly productive (or at least sort of constructive) way to spend one's available time.
In any case, as part of my updating-my-approach project I thought I'd change the cover photo on here from the "blah" nothing that I had on it to a brighter, more frivolous looking, flower/smiley face combo that better reflects that my most recent writing efforts have (ironically enough) been more "blah blah" than the "blah" images I had would appear to hint at. (Does any of this make sense? No? Oh well, things can't always make sense.)
In any case, the orange-flower picture and personally designed smiley face are images I've often used to reflect "degree of seriousness" of something I've written. I also have plain, tan-colored, background image as part of the "set". I don't think of them as any attempt at "branding". (Again, this online stuff I have with this profile isn't business for me and is at best "semi-business"). The "image set" has just been a handy way of having easy-to-think-up images that at least give someone an idea of how business-like something I write is, or isn't.
So, I decided to brighten up my page here by making the orange flowers my "cover image". I wasn't sure if I'd use the smiley face by my name, but I thought I'd see how it looked if I tried changing the old image of a keyboard to a new one of the old, familiar smiley-with-flowers. (Google has that "transparency thing" and circle that mean some images work better than others, needless to say).
Anyway, I figured I'd see how the smiley guy looked and - lo, and behold - CUTE :lol: On the one hand, not exactly the image I really prefer to project on here or anywhere. After all, there's "not heavy-duty business" and then there's "not the 1960's" and "not preschool" either. Furthermore, knowing how many people are prone to cringing at smileys of any kind, I know I shouldn't just have second thoughts about posting my smiley but should listen to them.
My smiley-guy however, has not only a history with me, but he has quite the wardrobe of his own. Like most smileys, he's corny and dumb (although, of course, emoticons have substantially changed the image and purpose of all members of the smiley-face community.
My smiley-guy's flowers were hand picked (hand drawn, actually) by me. All else aside, he serves the purpose for me, as a writer, and as someone who cares more about words than images.
In any case, when I changed the photo from the one I had to the smiley it turned out that appears the circle Google has with profile image is just perfect for the smiley-guy. How - at least for now -- could I change it back when it looks so "perfect". For now, the smiley-guy stays.
BTW, the length of this post doesn't reflect any delusion/belief that anyone will want to read it. Instead, it reflects the fact that I've had my Google profile since Google profiles were "invented", an I've barely posted any of my own thoughts as a post. In other words, it appears I've been saving up "post-length words" since then.
It is, I guess, feeling like I ought to explain the "dumb" smiley-guy because leaving "him" posted really isn't "me". It's just that he looks so cute looking out that round window Google has provided him. :)