Time to Get Your Gravatar ON!

January 12, 2011

Since my posts have been getting a bit heavy lately, I thought we’d lighten it up today with a little social media lesson.  Today’s lesson involves the how and why of getting your own Gravatar!

What is a gravatar, you ask?

Quite simply, it is a small image that appears next to your comments or posts when you interact in the blogosphere.  It’s universally recognized by THOUSANDS of blogs and once you set it up your picture will automatically pull in when you use a corresponding email address to leave your comment (note: the email address is not published).

Here’s an example of what my gravatar looks like when I reply to comments on my blog or someone else’s.

So why should you get one?

Because COOL BLOGGING PEEPS have one!  It lets people come to recognize you and your contributions and puts a face behind your brilliant words.  And sadly, the alternative is the ugly little personality-void ‘gray man’.

How do you get one?

This is the part you’re going to like because it’s oh-so-easy.  Only 5 quick steps!

Step 1: GO HERE.

Step 2: Input your preferred email address that you use for personal stuff.

Step 3: Upload a photo from your computer.

Step 4: Crop it to fit the box proportions.

Step 5: Ta-da!  You’ve got yourself a gravatar!

So Here’s the Challenge:

I’d like to see 50 of my readers sign up for gravatars! To participate in the challenge, follow the steps above and claim your gravatar. Then just leave a short comment below this post letting me know you got one (and showing off your new gravatar).  Can’t wait to see how many we get because as you all know – I LOVE COMMENTS and would do anything to encourage more of them…

PS – This is a perfect opportunity for those who are shy about posting comments to try it out… it’s not scary, I promise.

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  1. Alicia Keyes says:

    Hey Sarah,

    Thanks for helping me start the new year on a techi-note! As always, you are a beacon of light.


  2. sarahlynn60 says:

    YAHOO! That’s 1!

  3. naomi says:

    Ok ok … FINE!

  4. naomi says:

    Except apparently I came back here too quickly … it says to wait 5-10 minutes for the gravatar to take effect :) anywhoo, it’s up there!

  5. Daniela says:

    Just did it. I have one for blogger but it only works on websites where I can log in with my blogger info. Now I have this one too.

  6. Nicol says:

    I agree, I never like see the gray void of a person. I love seeing pictures of people. I’ve had my gravatar for several years. :)

  7. Bethany says:

    Hope this worked!

  8. sarahlynn60 says:

    Yahoo! Way to go all! These look GREAT!

  9. christine says:

    Let’s see if it worked!

  10. Shana says:

    Better late than never? :)

  11. Sarah Novak says:

    Way to go babe!

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