What is a Gravatar?
Have you noticed that some people when they comment have their pictures “attached” to their comment box? That’s a gravatar!
Having a gravatar is an easy way of “branding” yourself in comments, social media and people start to associate your picture with you. O look! She commented here too, I wonder what she said. Wow, this person is everywhere, I wonder what she does.
Without gravatar linked to your comment email address your picture shows up as the default blue image. Here’s a quick screen capture of a recent comment on the blog.
How to setup your Gravatar
Setting up your gravatar is actually very simple once you know how! It’s as easy as do it once and forget about it. Until you want to change the picture that is 😉
Go to gravatar.com and enter your email that you use into the box.
Sign in with your wordpress.com account or sign up for one. It’s free and if you have a wordpress blog you can use this for Akismet spam registration later too. Check your email and activate your account. It will take you to a new screen and ask if you would like to go back to gravatar. Sign in.
Add an image! Click on “Add one by clicking here!”
Select your file from your hard drive or blog. Once uploaded you will have to option to crop your picture as well.
Next you will be asked to rate your picture. Of course uploading a family friendly pic is best, else it just won’t show up when you comment in most places!
Your gravatar is now ready and every time you use the email address you registered it will show your picture!
Comment and show off your new gravatar!!
Gravatar does not currently work directly on the blogger platform (if you are wondering to add this feature to your own site for your comments) but there is a work around here if you are interested.