As a few people have commented, I’ve added a picture of myself to my blog. This was, indeed, prompted by a number of the “how to make your blog better” memes that have been bouncing around lately. I don’t think most people really care that much about what I look like, but I have found blog pictures to be very helpful when attending conferences and meeting people — the people that have pictures on their blogs are immediately recognizable by me, whereas people who don’t have their picture on their blog fall into the unfortunate black hole of memory that I have around faces and names. So I figured if it was valuable for me, it might be valuable for others.
The downside at the moment is that I don’t look like that picture. I perodically cycle through growing a beard, if only to avoid the joy of having to shave too regularly, and I’m on the more hirsute end of the spectrum right now. In fact, at the VS launch in Japan yesterday, I managed to confuse several people who were looking for me based on my picture and thought that the guy with the beard was going to be Jim Gray, not me… In the end, though, we got it all straightened out.