Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Selfie, Schmelfie

So "selfie" is the word of the year according to the Oxford Dictionaries. It beat out "twerk" (thank the lord) and "binge-watch, which apparently means to watch lots of TV; I'd never heard of binge-watch myself but I'll bet people have been doing that the longest of the three. 

I don't really get selfies. (And really Blogger and other auto-corrects - you're going to have to stop offering up "selfless" every time I try to type "selfie". It's official now.)

I suppose it's one thing for celebs to post photos of themselves every five minutes; they're a pretty ego-centric, needy bunch who just happen to be better-than-avergae-looking for the most part. I get the impression that they'd either self-combust or wither away if they weren't able to bestow their selfless  (grrrr) selfies on us at least once a day.

Normal folk though? And, doing normal, boring things too? That's what I don't get.

"Here's me putting a white load in the dryer". (OK, not quite)

"Here's me sitting with the same person I have lunch with every day".

Oh and, the best -

"Here's me with my colleague who, as you can see, isn't as photogenic as me."

Actually, on second thoughts, there's one group of people I wouldn't blame for selfie-ing. (New verb).


Hands up how many mothers have their photos taken (by other people) on a regular basis. If it's anything like this family, if I don't take a camera, nothing gets recorded. No one ever says "Here, I'll take one - you get in", and as far as posterity is concerned, my kids were left motherless at an early age.

I don't take selfies as a rule, although I did send this one to the kids and the Ball & Chain the other day.

I was stuck in the car and bored, in the middle of near tornado conditions, rain lashing down and lightening everywhere. No way was I getting out to be soaked and possibly electrocuted.

And there's the reason for not doing selfies. They make you look bloody awful. My nose doesn't generally take over than much of my face and I don't resemble a human rat.

Yup. I'm avoiding selfies.


  1. You look so YOUNG, though. (I mean, you are young... obviously.) Not a wrinkle or blemish in sight.

  2. Ha ha Iota - face full into the oncoming daylight. If I turned the other way it was indeed a frightful sight!

  3. Considering that I hate having my photo taken at the best of times, there is no chance that I am going to be posting selfies any time soon!!

  4. I think that's an amazing selfie - glossy hair, blemish free skin, and sparkling eyes... You should do them more!! I never do them because with the camera so close to my face I look hideous. I do always get my husband to take photos of me and the kids though, from the right angle of course :)

  5. " far as posterity is concerned, my kids were left motherless at an early age." Yup, according to our photo albums I, apparently, didn't make it after the first week of our son's birth.

  6. I don't think you have anything to worry about at your age no matter what kind of photo you take or what you want to call it.
    As for me....... photos are a no no so a *selfie* will not be issued any time soon!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  7. The thing with selfies is that they represent the way in which publishing has become democratic. I love seeing normal stuff normal people do. I much prefer selfies of fashion bloggers than the over photoshopped images of celebrities in fashion magazines.
    Selfies are not such a bad thing and Iota is right, you look bloody young and blemish free. Xx

  8. I love the photo — it's hilarious. Shows off your spontaneity and sense of humour as well as the spirit of the moment.

  9. ha ha yes, I'm not a fan either - took my first one the other day in honour of the selfie but it was so awful I can't even show it - might now that you have been brave enough though L x

  10. I have no issue with selfies and have been known to take the odd one myself. Not sure what all the fuss is about. :)


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