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Holly's Helpful Hints - Why Should You Have A Profile Picture In Community?

I often talk about how important it is to be a human in the Community (here's an example). One of the best ways to show off your human-ness (other than making up words on the fly) is to have a strong profile in the community. There are several different schools of thought when it comes to creating and managing an online profile. My personal preference is to find a good balance between showcasing your personality as well as your professionalism.

Today we're going to focus on uploading (or updating) your profile picture.

First, let me tell you why profile pictures are important: 

People who ask questions in the Community that have a profile picture are more likely to get answers than people who don't have profile pictures. They're also more likely to receive friend requests to help grow their professional network. Why? Because (and say this with me):

People like to talk to other people, not robots.

Now, here's how to upload/update your profile picture:

The best place to update/upload a profile picture is your profile page. You can access your profile page by clicking on your photo icon at the top of the community or clicking on your profile picture on the MyCommunity page. c96dc65ee06f9e61ae8c958e53017506-origina
Your profile picture is quite literally your face in the Blackbaud Community. It's the image that is associated with every comment, like, and post. So choosing a great profile picture is important. Personally, I love to use candid shots for my profile picture because I think the energy of a candid shot better reflects who I am.

Once you've chosen a profile picture, you can upload it by clicking on the camera icon in the profile picture area.
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This takes you to your photo directory in the community and opens a pop-up box where you can upload an image. We recommend you use a square image for your profile picture so you don't have any weird cropping issues on the community. Once you upload your picture, confirm that the "make this my profile picture" box is checked, give the picture a title, and click "update.
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Congratulations! You've now successfully updated/uploaded a profile picture in the community! Now, share a quick comment below (maybe share a joke or a quote or a some inspiration or an idea for a future helpful hint) and show off your new picture! I'll randomly pick one of you and send you a fabulous prize!

 
Posted by Holly Herbert on Sep 14, 2017 8:30 AM America/New_York

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Here's a favorite saying:
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back."  Maya Angelou
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 09:36 AM EDT
Great article! I did realize until now that I had not uploaded a profile picture. :) 
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 10:03 AM EDT
"Listen. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony."
- Dennis
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 10:03 AM EDT
"One person can make a difference, and everyone should try." JFK

(My profile picture is from a hike on the Hidden Canyon trail at Zion National Park. One of my greatest accomplishments, since I am deathly afraid of heights!)
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 10:37 AM EDT
“I see your picture and in that picture I didn't see you.”
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 11:04 AM EDT
“Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.” Mark Twain
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 12:59 PM EDT
I like to reflect on this one when I'm dealing with something especially challenging:

"When you come to the edge of all you know,
And are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown,
Faith is knowing one of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on,
Or you will be taught how to fly."
- Barbara J. Winters
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 03:15 PM EDT
Holly, excellent post and great point about balancing personal and professional life in our profiles. This week week my favorite quote is from W. Clement Stone. "Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star."
  • Posted Thu 30 Mar 2017 04:27 PM EDT
The secretary at my parents' church gave me this one, which was particularly fitting for the job I held at that time (years ago):
"A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
And I particularly like this one, which I've seen several times:
"The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their validity. -- Abraham Lincoln"
  • Posted Wed 05 Apr 2017 12:25 AM EDT
It is hard to be efficient and organized without annoying someone! 

I have no idea who said it but it very true
  • Posted Mon 24 Apr 2017 12:06 PM EDT
As a lifelong Die-Hard Cubs' fan, I had no choice but to use their logo as my profile picture after they won the World Series last October.  After that exciting game seven, the next day, my wife and I both worked until mid-afternoon when we hurried home, packed a bag and drove through the night o Chicago in time to join the parade for the team with the estimated 5 million other fans. And that's the story of my profile pic.
  • Posted Thu 14 Sep 2017 09:09 AM EDT
Thanks for the step by step! I just hope it doesn't scare people in the community! Or break their monitors!
  • Posted Thu 14 Sep 2017 09:55 AM EDT
In addition to getting better response on your questions, I find that I place more value on responses from Community members with profile pics than those without.
  • Posted Thu 14 Sep 2017 10:31 AM EDT
I just uploaded my new picture!  Whee!  It's taken at a recent family gather in someone's back yard.

One of my new favorite quotes is from one of my all-time favorite people, Maya Angelou.  "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
  • Posted Thu 14 Sep 2017 09:29 PM EDT
Picture updated! Here's a quotation I like --

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
Albert Schweitzer

  • Posted Fri 15 Sep 2017 10:41 AM EDT
I too changed my pic and always love reading your helpful tips...sometimes it helps to get a smallest insight into something to get the creative juices going.

Not sure who to attribute this quote too, but it hangs on my wall with Wonder Woman...no offense intended, but the language and sentiment has very often been needed!
"Sometimes s*** Gets Tough
Then I Remember
I'm a Bad Ass!"
  • Posted Mon 18 Sep 2017 08:51 PM EDT
Excellent Ideas!
  • Posted Tue 03 Apr 2018 11:20 AM EDT
Thank you for the helpful tips! I am a fan of screenshots :)
 
  • Posted Tue 03 Apr 2018 01:31 PM EDT
Quote...Happines is like Jam... You can't spread even a little, without getting some on yourself
  • Posted Mon 09 Apr 2018 02:42 PM EDT
Love it Holly!
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 02:02 PM EDT
What do you get when you throw a piano down a mine shaft?
A-Flat miner
  • Posted Tue 17 Apr 2018 03:37 PM EDT
I totally agree about the importance of a profile picture.  I love picking out people I've met at previouos BBCONs!
  • Posted Wed 18 Apr 2018 06:02 AM EDT
Great article, thank you!
  • Posted Wed 18 Apr 2018 02:59 PM EDT
Thank the Lord for all of your blessings!
  • Posted Wed 02 May 2018 03:27 PM EDT
thank you!
  • Posted Thu 03 May 2018 09:27 AM EDT
Great info. Thanks for taking the time to share.
  • Posted Mon 07 May 2018 11:10 AM EDT
A quote I like, but I don't know who said/wrote it:
​:"If you want to be happy, think about other people.  If you want to be miserable, think about just yourself."
  • Posted Fri 11 May 2018 10:31 AM EDT
Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is none, and leave a trail. 
Author Unknown
  • Posted Mon 14 May 2018 03:28 PM EDT
Proper planning prevents problems! I'm on an alliteration kick ;)
  • Posted Tue 19 Jun 2018 08:35 AM EDT
Good hints!
  • Posted Thu 21 Jun 2018 12:56 PM EDT
It's nice to have resources.
  • Posted Thu 28 Jun 2018 11:42 AM EDT
Great ideas, thank you for sharing! 
  • Posted Wed 11 Jul 2018 03:30 PM EDT
I love seeing the pics that other users post. Few are what you'd see on the staff directory pages of our websites - those formal, posed, often awful pictures that we live with forever. I like seeing the different personalities shine through.

I have no good jokes so I'll just share the one bad joke that I know: What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back?
  • Posted Mon 23 Jul 2018 11:15 AM EDT
I am excited to be a part of this community and look forward to the journey. My personal mission statement:  "Living Beyond the Ride" Living beyond the ride does not imply detachment as if we are unaffected, or beyond reach from the circumstances of our lives. Living beyond the ride, means fully embracing its impact, absorbing each twist and each turn, changing with each new insight, and disembarking from the ride, never the same.
  • Posted Tue 21 Aug 2018 04:58 PM EDT
I just added my bio! Thank you for the tips, Holly!
  • Posted Fri 31 Aug 2018 09:43 AM EDT
One of my favorite quotes: "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor" -Truman Capote
 
  • Posted Mon 24 Sep 2018 04:35 PM EDT
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can changethe world. ..
  • Posted Tue 02 Oct 2018 02:28 PM EDT
Helpful article.
  • Posted Thu 04 Oct 2018 01:42 PM EDT
This one always makes me laugh: Why does Snoop Dog carry an umbrella?
Fo drizzle!
  • Posted Thu 04 Oct 2018 02:13 PM EDT
Grandcats in fish costumes make the best trick or treaters.
  • Posted Thu 04 Oct 2018 07:48 PM EDT
Grandcats in costume are the best therapy.
  • Posted Thu 04 Oct 2018 08:22 PM EDT
Thank you Holly for this wonderful article. You've made this a whole lotta of fun.
  • Posted Thu 18 Oct 2018 04:00 PM EDT
Elliot and E.T. (Hank, the Frenchie) Halloween2018 :)
  • Posted Mon 29 Oct 2018 11:23 AM EDT
Great suggestions!!!
  • Posted Tue 06 Nov 2018 11:14 AM EST
A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there! 
  • Posted Mon 26 Nov 2018 06:04 PM EST

There are two gifts we should give our children : One is roots, and the other is wings.

  • Posted Thu 29 Nov 2018 04:17 PM EST
Thanks, I finally did it. I uploaded my picture.
  • Posted Tue 04 Dec 2018 03:40 PM EST

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