Browsing the profile pictures I was struck by a certain similarity among some of the bloggers. Maybe you notice it too?
Jeff Ladd's photo is a clever attempt to throw us off the scent...
but a little sleuthing turns up this shot.
So what is it with male photobloggers and 1) thick framed glasses, 2) gruff thin beard, and 3) short hair? Is it a secret cabal? Did I miss the private email outlining personal grooming habits? Or maybe myopia and three day growth are a natural byproduct of spending long hours in front of a computer. (Believe me, I should know.)
Did Rob Haggart miss the email too? He's got the beard and glasses but the haircut is definitely non-bloggy.
Andy Adams? Same story.
Matt Lutton and M. Scott Brauer made the cabal even with longish hair but we'll let them slide because they're young.
I have to believe St. Ansel would be blogging today if he were still alive, assuming of course he nixed the beard and grew some five o'clock stubble in its place.
Then again, a bushy beard hasn't held back Andrew Hetherington.
Does Michael Stipe have a secret photoblog we don't know about? He looks ready for the part.
Or perhaps Elvis Costello is this year's model?
Meanwhile, those of us who missed the secret email are left to our own devices, at some risk to our personal glamour. For example, here's what can happen when you let a blogger choose his own headgear with no guidance.
As a disclaimer I must say those are prescription goggles. Doctor's orders. The gum too. It's been helping me quit. I've almost got Pranksterism behind me. Just a few more years and I'll have it licked.
Hopefully I don't piss off the entire photo community before then.
In all seriousness, congrats to all the bloggers profiled in Wired and a big shout out to Pete Brook for making it happen. Please keep me in the loop on any future secret emails.