Many websites use Gravatars, or globally recognized avatars, to represent users who participate on the site. Perhaps you already have a lovely image set up, but I’m guessing that a few of you are thinking, “Huh?” A Gravatar is a small head shot associated with your email address. And if you want one of your own, we’ll tell you how to create a Gravatar.
When you participate on websites (like the GoDaddy Blog) as a commenter or contributor, your Gravatar will automatically appear. If you don’t have a Gravatar set up, a generic image will appear instead. But why wouldn’t you take advantage of this (free) opportunity to build your personal brand? So here’s what you need to do to create a Gravatar.
Choose a fabulous photo of yourself
This fabulous photo could be a professional head shot or a selfie — it totally depends on the kind of brand you want to build for yourself. If your brand is all about fun, then hey, make that photo fun. If your brand is all about trust and very serious business things, then yeah, you might want to throw on a suit.
Create a Gravatar with these steps
- Go here to create your Gravatar.
- Click on “Create Your Own Gravatar.”
- You’ll be prompted to create a free WordPress.com account if you don’t already have one.
- Upload your photo on the “Manage Gravatars” tab.
- Add your name and details on the “My Profile” tab.
Comment on a blog that uses Gravatars
Give it a shot on this very post, and watch your fabulous photo appear. It’s just that easy! They add a little more to your comment contribution and they help personalize the community as a whole. Create a Gravatar today!
Also published on Medium.