OK. So I borrowed the idea from Jeff, who also reads Ernie's blog. Ernie works on cool , exciting, web related projects like Yahoo! Avatars. I saw it on Ernie's blog a while back and decided to make one, even though I don't use Yahoo! Messenger much at all.
I'm not entirely sure about the likeness. I'd like my avatar to have hair as long as mine (shoulder length now), but otherwise it seems pretty cool. It's in beta now, so perhaps the finished product will have more options available. Now I just need a reason to use Yahoo! Messenger and I'm all set.