From theguardian.com article ‘How selfies became a global phenomenon’ –
It starts with a certain angle: a smartphone tilted at 45 degrees just above your eyeline is generally deemed the most forgiving. Then a light source: the flattering beam of a backlit window or a bursting supernova of flash reflected in a bathroom mirror, as preparations are under way for a night out.
The pose is important. Knowing self-awareness is conveyed by the slight raise of an eyebrow, the sideways smile that says you’re not taking it too seriously. A doe-eyed stare and mussed-up hair denotes natural beauty, as if you’ve just woken up and can’t help looking like this. Sexiness is suggested by sucked-in cheeks, pouting lips, a nonchalant cock of the head and a hint of bare flesh just below the clavicle. Snap!
There was a time, I never took selfies, why would I? I do not participate much in Social Media except my blog here on WordPress. My posts are then sent out via a tweet on Twitter. I find I have no time for other Social Media platforms and honestly soon will most likely shutdown my Twitter account. However, I will keep my WordPress blog going as long as I enjoy it and feel up to it. What does this have to do with selfies?
There was a time, I never took selfies, why would I? My blog began with me anonymous. As the months came and went I became less intimated with expressing myself in words and as fellow bloggers began to read and comment, I felt a sense of comfort. So, I exposed myself; some of you may remember my posts that slowly exposed me; and now I am totally exposed for all to see.
Now because I am exposed, I take selfies, lot of selfies. How many is too many? Most of the time my selfies do not come out the way I would hope for, so another is usually taken. I now take lots of selfies; most of them of me alone, still many more includes Gary and sometimes Roxy.
Google “selfies meaning” and you receive the following –
plural noun: selfies
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.
“occasional selfies are acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary”
I do not usually post a picture of myself every day, it depends on the topic of the post I am publishing.
This past Saturday in my post ‘what comes next…‘, included a picture of me. When my post is about me and my health, I usually end it with a picture of me. That post last Saturday, I used an older picture with no intentions. That post indicated I had lost 22 lbs. of weight since my surgery; this is true, but the picture included is an older picture, therefore I may have misled some readers thinking the photo is the current me.
There was a time, I never took selfies, why would I? But now, oh, why not?
This post is filled with a collection of selfies. This last photo is the current me – me with 22 lbs. less weight.