You may have noticed the small photos next to someone’s comment on Million Mile Secrets. And wondered what they were and how they got there!
Those small photos are called Gravatars or globally recognized avatars. They can be images of you, cartoon characters, a logo or any image which represents you or your quirky personality!
I love the sense of community when I read blog comments with Gravatar images! And associating a comment author to his or her Gravatar image.
If you’ve signed up for a Gravatar, your Gravatar image will appear every time you comment on a Gravatar-enabled blog (any blog). You only need to set-up your Gravatar account ONCE!
How To Sign Up For A Gravatar
You can sign up for your own gravatar so that your image appears when you comment on a Gravatar enabled blog such as Million Mile Secrets.
Step 1 – Sign In to Your WordPress Account
Sign into your WordPress.com account in the upper right corner off the Gravatar home page. It is free to create a WordPress account.
Step 2 – Sign Up For A WordPress.com Account
If you don’t have a WordPress.com account, you can sign up for one by clicking the “Need an account” link.
Step 3 – Enter Your Details
Create a WordPress.com account by entering your email and selecting a user name and password.
Step 4 – Confirm Your Email Address
You’ll get an email from WordPress.com asking to confirm your email address. Click the “Activate Account” button to confirm your email address.
Step 5 – Sign In To Gravatar
You’ll be redirected back to WordPress.com, thanking you for confirming your email, and asking if you want to go to Gravatar.
Click the “Sign in to Gravatar” to sign in to Gravatar.
Adding an Image
Now that you’ve created a Gravatar account, you can add your photo or image and customize your profile.
Step 1 – Click On “Add Image” And Choose Where Your Image Is Located.
You can choose a photo or image from your hard drive, an image or photo from the internet, or a previously uploaded image (if this is a new account, you probably won’t have a previously uploaded image).
Step 2 – Select Your Image
I chose a photo from my hard drive.
Step 3 – Crop Your Photo
You’ll then be asked to crop your photo. Then click “Crop and Finish.”
Step 4 – Choose A Rating For Your Gravatar
Choose a rating from “G” to “X” for your Gravatar. Note that some blogs block “X” rated Avatars from displaying.
Your Gravatar will be assigned to your email address.
The next time you comment on Million Mile Secrets or any Gravatar-enabled blog with the same email address, your selected image will appear next to your comment!
You can create a free Gravatar in a few simple steps. Setting up a Gravatar is a great way to build community and exhibit your quirky personality when you comment on a blog!