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What Are Those Funky Little Pictures on the Blog? Gravatars! They’re FREE!

Published November 23, 2010 - 0 Comments

I was asked by a couple of people recently why I (and some other people who post on the blog) have a nifty little picture beside my name when I reply to a comment on the blog.  There might be an assumption that it is something specific to this blog, and I have to set you up with one if you would like your own.  That’s not the case at all!

The picture is called a Gravatar (I think it means Global Avatar) and you can sign up for one (free!) at www.gravatar.com.  Just remember when you register an email address, to use whichever one you typically enter on the blog when you fill out a comment.  That will link back to your Gravatar account, and automatically post the picture there.  You don’t have to use a picture of yourself.  You can use whatever you’d like.  Anything is better than that default blob of a person that gets put beside your comment if you’re not using a Gravatar.

And once you have a Gravatar registered, it will link to any WordPress blog that you comment on.  You can have multiple ones set up too, if you comment on different blogs, using different email addresses.

I’d love to see more people using them, because it really gives a little more “life” to the blog.  So if you want to give it a try, sign up for a Gravatar and leave a comment.  If you run into a problem (you shouldn’t.  It’s very straight-forward) don’t hesitate to give me a shout.  I’m always around here somewhere.

Have a great Tuesday!