I’ve been blogging (collectively) for about 3 years now, which to me is hard to believe. I started with my cooking blog, Katie’s Cucina, and then I launched Sew Woodsy in August of 2010. I feel like I can officially give some tips and tricks to help other bloggers who may have random questions/concerns. Whether it’s widgets or simple activation of an email address I’m all about helping out and giving some advice. That is what is great about our fantastic blogging community! I’ve been wanting to start this series for a while now, and what better day to start it than today!
Prior to moving over to WordPress I never understood why I would have a non-personalized icon pop-up when I would comment on WordPress blogs. That was until I set up my own WordPress.org blog (which we will go over the differences of the two in the coming weeks). I learned that you needed a Gravatar to make your comments have a custom look!
Above are a few recent comments I received. This is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. You’ll notice the first two comments from Wendy and Crystal have a generic “power” icon, but the third comment from Vanessa, has a more personalized look. This is because Vanessa created her Gravatar!
Creating your Gravatar only takes a minute or two and best of all it’s free! So you are probably wondering, what is a Gravatar? Here is the answer to your question: “Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site?” The best part about signing up for a free gravatar is that you won’t have to sign into each WordPress blog you leave a comment on. Once you plug in your name, email address, and web address gravatar automatically recognizes you and will populate your name and thumbnail icon.
Here is a great example:
This is what you would normally see when you go to leave a comment on a WordPress blog (like mine):
Next, you place your name, email address, and website address along with a comment.
Then click submit and voila! Your name and icon will pop up.
It’s good blogging practice to try and personalize your Gravatar. I like to show my face so other bloggers can get to know me; however, you could always use your logo from your blog as your thumbnail. I’m hoping that I’ll start seeing a whole heck of a lot more personalized Gravatars commenting after this post! I’d love to know if you found this post helpful and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.