Monday, November 11, 2013

Oh Gawd, No!

For someone hapzardly posting my face all over the internet, I'm actually a pretty introverted person.  I would rather fade into the walls than stand out in most circumstances.  At a party, I'm by the buffet table, making meaningful eye contact with the cheese plate.

Introverted and such, I have this blog thing going on where I do post my face from time to time.  Like everyone else, I google search product reviews and shopping sites all the time.  The really freaky thing is THIS:
 I think I was looking for swatches of the Kate Colorcios Diamond palettes I recently saw on Selphia the other day (here).  First, Google, your search didn't turn up what I needed, you just turned up a million pictures of my FACE. 

And again, I was looking up the color name of a Suqqu lipstick (because I can't remember so many syllables strung together) and then so THIS:
 
I take great offense at seeing my face next to Driveller Kate's face.  I'm sorry, that's just so wrong.  And then you can see I've visited a page from her blog 5 times from this particular computer.  First I see my face, then I see my face next to Kate's and then I see I'm spending creepy amounts of time staring at her pages!  (hey driveller, don't worry!  we live very far apart from each other!) <.<

It's a whole day of "Gawd, NO NO NO!"

Blogging friends, any thoughts about seeing your face show up?  Do you keep anonymous or do you blog with your real identity.  Have you had any unexpected real life situation where your blogger face is discovered - by friends, coworkers, random internet searches?

I think there are so many incredible high quality beauty blog that doesn't show the blogger's face.  Do you have a preference, face or no face?

28 comments :

  1. You are quite magnificent so do not worry to much!! I like to blog anonymously with only or eyelash or lip showing- tho' I might be more open if I could take good selfies like you. By the Way -Me and the cheese plate are great friends! (the cheese plate and I).xxx

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    1. I love seeing glimpses of you, you tease!
      Messieurs Fromages et moi, we are rather intimate. ;)

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  2. Oh, Belly - but we love your face! I do have a preference for a blog with a face, I believe that with a lot of products you do need to see them on the face... cause that's where they're intended to go. And it's so much fun sharing different looks! I've only had someone recognize me from the blog once, and she was really nice about it - I'm more on the introverted side too, so it did freak me out a bit nonetheless.

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    1. :D "are you...MONIKA?" I once ran into a blogger randomly on the street. We are friends now, but I recognized her from online photos.
      I like seeing products on the face because you get a sense of how the product will likely be irl versus swatches, which I think lots of bloggers do differently (primer/no primer, sponge/finger, # of swipes). But I love beautiful swatches, especially with similar products for comparison. Helps me figure out if I stuff nearly good enough before I buy something.

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  3. O lol, this cracked me up! ^^
    I'm so glad that I'm not the only blogger that cringes everytime I see my own face popping up in Google search.
    It's so wrong and confusing at so many levels!
    The thing is though, we do love to see the faces of other bloggers. I guess it's because we are curious and nosy :p.
    And I don't mind it one bit to see your face popping up, hah! ^^

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    1. :) It's very confusing to see your face pop up when you're innocently googling something. I must have a weird cognitive disconnect because since I put my face out there, it's bound to show up in places.
      What I coinkidink. I adore seeing your beautiful face on your blog.

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  4. I was totally going to make soothing petting noises until I scrolled down to the pic with MY FACE at the end and had a wee meltdown/panic attack D: D: D: Esp as my foundation is WRONG ALL WRONG and yes I can tell even when it's 10px wide :(

    It never stops being traumatic as far as I can tell. But my preference is for beauty blogs with faces. A while ago I'd've said it was entirely to do with wanting to see products and looks in context (pet peeve: disembodied eyes and lips without even one full-face pic to round things out), but recently I've realised after trawling through fashion and food blogs that a face pic (even if it's just the one in the profile) is really important for creating a connection to the blogger. The voice is more important still, though!

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    1. D: D: D: Look! I violated your privacy! Do you like the beautiful pink heart I pasted over your face? I shall secretly take it off/on so I can make googly eyes at it in my private. Ahem.

      You know what's weird? When I think of you, I of course recall your lovely face, but very often, I recall that cut open green pepper in your profile image. You are one cool ... pepper? It's very true on how a face image does help create a connection reader to blogger. I know everyone is looking at my angry red-headed snow woman picture thinking, "Dat Belly!"

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    2. oh no, not at all! *belated soothing petting noises* You did nothing wrong or thoughtless at all, it's just google being scary! Though I do like my fluffy heart accessory *preens*

      GREAT point about the icons -- I feel a great fondness for your snowwoman just as VisionaryBeauty's awesome diamond/snowflake/matrix thingy is as much a signature are her dreamy blue eyes. I guess we're a self-selecting crowd in the anthropomorphising-and-professing-affection-towards-objects field, in any case *strokes new Suqqu quad*

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    3. I was all distracted by talks of your new quad. *runs to look at picture*

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    4. oooh dreamy blue eyes, you flatterer you, sadly it all goes down hill from then on :)
      Interesting about the icons, they do have a very close connection to the perceived personality of the blogger I think.
      xx

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  5. Hey Belly, now that is a good question. The thing is when I first started out, I thought I'd like to stay anonymous. However, not long after that, my desire to SHARE took over so I've been doing a lot of face shots! I personally love to see how a product works on a real person, and that's why I'd like to offer my readers face shots. As to whether someone will accidentally find them some day... Well these aren't indecent so I'm probably fine with it LOL

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    1. Heh! Sunny, good point on the decency of beauty blogging pictures. When I turn over my blog to inappropriate pictures of ... dirty stuff, I shall really begin to worry about things!

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  6. I stare at Kate lovely posts as well so I'll be in your creepy club ;)
    I think it helps showing your face as it makes the reader feel more connected to you and I think it gives a better feel on how a product performs to show the whole picture as it were. That said though I have gone to do a full face pic I've never had the nerve as ones it out its out, of course if I was some young pretty thing I probably would have done it by now :)

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    1. We can be co-chairwoman of Creepy Club. First order of business 1) oogling and oogling some more.
      I loved your Les Beiges post from a while ago because it really showed the performance of the powder beautifully. Also, I like makeup on the context of real people faces, not just 19 year-old blogger/vloggers!

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  7. my friend recognized a picture of my eyes(?!) once and I panicked a little bit (I haven't told anyone about my blog yet) I still think it's kind of creepy but what can I do..

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    1. you've been outed by your gorgeous eye ball! Does no one else know you have a blog? I kind of feel like it's having your secret life revealed to the world (that is, for us being anonymous).

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  8. LOL sorry, Belly, I can't help but to laugh a little.. I guess, this is probably why I keep my blog minimal & as anonymous as possible. Yes, I started blogging when I met with other mom friends and some of them do blog various topics. We are just bored moms, as you can see. But I think we take blogging a little bit more lightly, it's just a very trivial thing that we do.. I agree, we love seeing your face though. And yes, I creep at Kate's blog way too much sometimes, hey, who doesn't??

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    1. :) It IS funny. I blog seriously but not with any seriousness. Not really, except when talking about super serious things, which isn't so often since I mainly talk about pretty makeup things.

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  9. Belly, you always post the things I am thinking about and have such thoughtful things to say about them! I struggled with whether to include my face on my blog (it was a couple months of posting before I did, if I recall correctly). Not very many people in my life know about the blog - I worry they'll think I'm shallow or judge me or something - so I hope no one finds my blog and then recognizes me! However, I don't post very many pictures of my face, so I rarely see it in google images - though I do see my swatches all the time. And I admit to googling my own blog when I can't remember the name of something!

    Regarding face shots, I LOVE to see them - it's so great to see how something works on the whole face. That's why blogs that always do face photos are my favorite, even when the blogger's skintone is totally different than mine. However, I always look so weird in my own face photos that I end up cropping out everything except my lips . . . hmmm.

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    1. I am in your brainz, looking for blog materials. :) LOLBELLY
      You are bravely honest. That's exactly it. I would be upset if in real life people discovered me and judged my super secret, but very passionate hobby. I love all nice pictures, face or no face. What I'm eh about are just product pictures and no swatches. No bueno, then.

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  10. My comment disappeared! Anyway, I cracked up. I was concerned at first when that happened to me, but then I stopped caring because I love it when bloggers show how the actual product looks on the face. Often, especially with eyeshadow, swatches aren't enough. So, I appreciate it when bloggers post pics of their face with the product on it; figured, I might as well be helpful, too. Also, I have a pr0n star as my namesake, so I'd much rather have my face along with the Google Image search for my name.

    Also, Google puts sites you frequent as top results, which may also be why you see your face a lot. I think it explains why Kate's is :D

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    1. :DD GOOGLE IS FREAKING ME OUT!
      It is so very helpful seeing a product on. My personal preference is to see it on + great swatches. But I can absolutely deal with great swatches, especially from bloggers I trust for accuracy.

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  11. My face showed up when I googled wondegondigo and drivel about frivol lol.
    My coworker has found my blog when she was looking for my art folio/facebook and told me it's cool. My bf thinks I should blog about plants instead because they're pretty too but don't cost as much lol

    Personally I started looking at beauty blogs to see real faces, not makeup reviews and so on. I was looking for no/minimum photoshopped faces to study anatomy so I can improve my drawing skills (for variety, studying textures etc). Beauty blogs and youtube videos have really helped me identify bits of anatomy in that are completely overlooked in certain popular text books. I could go on for ages. <3 everyone that has put themselves out there so others can learn about wonderful things.

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    1. Plant blog doesn't sound any where NEAR as pretty as a makeup blog! Your blog is so elegant! I love the clean beautiful pictures!!!
      That's so interested what was your initial interest in looking at beauty blogs, Linda! Sadly for me, I looked at beauty blogs for consumerized interests. Rueful laugh.

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  12. I love this post. I do get a little weirded out when I randomly see photos of myself on Google searches, but it doesn't happen very often. What freaks me out far more is when I see random unrelated photos from my blog turn up in those searches. I'm ok with seeing my own face turn up on a search for Armani lipstick (as an example), but occasionally photos of my cats will turn up on those same searches and I feel like I've violated their privacy. (Clearly, I need help.)

    On a slightly related note, I remember a couple of years ago when Anthony Wiener was going through his first Twitter/ texting scnadal and he said that he couldn't tell whether photos that a couple of young women had received were his "man parts" or not. I remember thinking "Dude, I have been able to accurately identify pictures of the inside of my arm when they turn up on Google searches with lots of other people's arm swatch pics. And I'm guessing I spend a lot less time looking at the inside of my arm than you spend looking at your business."

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    1. Poor kitties! Do they not have any say?! What kind of a Meowmie are you??? heh heh.

      Your Weiner comment made me laugh! I can recognize various blogger arms in those little google image previews lickety split. Dood. You can not even recognize your own bits? NO WAY, WEINER. NO WAY!

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    2. I think the kitties want their own agent. I'd have to negotiate rights to their photos with moist food and treats.

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