As I uploaded it to Facebook.....and began to do the same on Google (and the other social media sites I belong to) I was asked to also update my "Profile!" In addition to a picture, all these sites want a short, written bio of sorts telling about my traits, likes, talents and accomplishments.
Originally wanting to keep a "low profile" when I joined Facebook.....my first venture into cyberspace beyond anonymous email; I figured the lower degree of visibility would better protect myself and my family. I have since learned it's okay to share what I can do/have done.....and even brag about it!
Years ago I had a hairstylist refer to the haircut she was giving me as having a "good profile"......meaning, I'm sure, that it looked good /balanced well with my sagging chin! Now.... absolutely! PLEASE give me a cut/style with a good side view!
I am profiling myself as I write. As a writer and reader of numerous blogs and websites, I notice daily the recurring topic of 'seniors'.....as in older, mature, boomers, and my choice...... growing along. As in making predictions about what over-fifty-something men and women like, eat, do, dress, buy and need. Yes...the dictionary clearly states that analysis or predictions about a person or group of people (i.e. gender, age, race, religion) is called profiling! Of course it's done everyday, everywhere; for all of humanity and all living things! (Our local paper has a "profile" for what grows best in the south.)
After my recent Dr. appointment, his nurse called to share the results of my lab work and "blood profile." All was in good shape...in all the correct ranges.... and she agreed to put a copy in the mail to me for my records. The color coded graph containing my data was actually called a biochemical profile. It amazes me how this word is everywhere; how we use it so easily in so many arenas!
As a fourth grade teacher and writing coach, I encouraged students to write essays or assessments about the characters in our novel studies...... 'describe the antagonist/protagonist' for example. This in turn would help them create and develop their own characters during writing assignments. We called them character traits.
Look how they're referred to now as per a recent Pinterest post...creating a Character Profile!
Funny how this writing thing of mine has evolved....AND my sense of honesty/transparency. I had 'change FB profile pic' on my mind.....and as soon as I started to do it......all of this popped into my head. Is this anything worth sharing? Probably not.......it's not a story or informational article......but it does show how far I've come in Cyberville! I'm not afraid to write about whatever and whenever something grabs me! Like the use/overuse? of this neat little all purpose word.
Posted by Joan Stommen