In today's networked world, we interact with many people who we've never met in person. It's true in my daily work at Sun (where I would estimate I've probably met less than half of the people I deal with by phone and email), and it's certainly true in blogging (where often we don't even know the names or places behind most of our audience). One frequent tip for overcoming this hurdle and making meaningful connections is to share personal touches such as pictures of yourself.
For a while now, I've been meaning to do just that (by adding a picture to my blog's template and to Sun's internal employee directory tool). The first step is, of course, finding a picture. Since my wife is our household historian, I asked her if she could email me a picture of myself. Absolutely, she said--and asked if this one would do:
Then again, maybe she's on to something. Coming from a thirty-something blogger, my writings are hardly earthshaking. But from a three-year-old, they might be impressive. Occassionally.