I am a new addition to the blogosphere, yet one thing immediately stands out that I hadn’t noticed as “just a reader”. Your GRAVATAR: If you’re a blogger, or browse through blogs frequently, you probably know what they are or have at least seem them. “What the junk is a gravatar?”, some others are wondering. Not that movie with the tall blue creatures, or the cartoon Avatar, but the icon and bio which represent your online identity. They are those little images next to people’s comments or blog post. Heres ya goes!
See, here is Sandra’s little face peeking out from her Gravatar!
HERE IS WHAT I’VE NOTICED:
a) Some bloggers have Gravatars, some don’t: Each to their own.
b) However, some of you have a Gravatar (and even mention your blog in your Gravatar profile) yet, there is no web address or link to your web-worthy gems…are you aware of this? (YES, I clicked right on your face- I want to know more about you; You seem interesting! I may want to follow your blog but, I just….can’t…find it!)
If you’re ready to edit your Gravatar-
- go to http://en.gravatar.com/
- sign in with your username/password (or create new)
- on the top right, point your mouse near your photo (or blank gravatar icon if you have not uploaded a photo yet) and choose “edit my profile”
Fill in whatever you wish in the “about me” section, then look to the LEFT where it says “VERIFIED SERVICES” – This is where you will want to add your WordPress blog, if you have one. You may also add twitter and facebook (although I’m not sure a facebook “like” or fan page is allowed) Check out all these other options:
Then, for the ‘ole one-two punch, I like to add a couple links as reinforcement. I head down to “My Links”, type in the URL (i.e. https://itstidytime.wordpress.com) then add the Link Title (i.e. “Tidy Time” blog) then click “Add”.
If you wish to promote yourself, be sure to add the relevant info. (The Blog Tyrant has some pretty great things to offer up about Gravatars, and has definitely got me longing for a fancy profile pic. I do suggest reading it.)
I hope to see your square-shaped likeness, in the form of a Gravatar, around here soon!
Have a wonderful day!
- How to create your comment gravatar image (pr2promo.wordpress.com)
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