How Do I Create My Own Avatar?
Have you ever wondered when commenting on blogs why some people's photo comes up and your's doesn't (or you get some randomly assigned cartoon type image). That is probably because they have set themselves up on Gravatar and now have their own avatar that they can use on any site.
It is really easy to set yourself up with an account and then you can comment to your hearts content and your image will show up. Here is a great video from the Gravatar website that explains it all.
In the video it talks about being able to hover over a picture and a hover card would appear with their information. I did not realise you were able to do that and thought it was a great feature. I went to check it out on my page but it did not work. Maybe it only works on certain types of sites. Shame really – as that is a great feature.
Setting up an account is easy peasy!!
Go to Gravatar, click on ‘sign up' and then add an email that you would like to use when commenting. I use the email attached to my website. Once you are all set up, you can actually assign other email addresses to the same account, so don't worry if you are not sure which one to use – just choose one for now.
After you have added your email, they will send you a link to click on.
Then you will select a username and password for your account.
It is at this point that you can upload an image that you would like to use assign any other emails to the same image.
Viola – now you have your own avatar that will follow you around the web when you post on people's comments.
Go off and get yourself an avatar and then come back and try it out in the comment section below. I would love to hear from you!!
Stacey is a coach, trainer and speaker who supports Authors and Aspiring Authors create an online presence through WordPress and Social Media training. Stacey's hands-on style, supportive nature and extensive knowledge make her the perfect go-to resource.
WOW! Thanks so much, Stacey! It is on my “to do” list over the weekend! Great info and video. You make it looks so easy!
It really is easy, Alexander!
I really need to have this. As you can see, I don’t have my photo in my comment.. 🙂
Well, I will try making one later… Thanks for sharing this great information… 🙂
My pleasure, Lorii. You then will not need to look like a little martian.
Thank you for sharing how to do this! I’m bookmarking it for future reference!
Thanks for the comment, Mandy!
Stacey, great post on creating your own avatar. Thank you for sharing!
I am glad you liked it! Thanks, Sherie.
Great info Stacey. I had mine set up (I thought) but doesn’t show up on every platform… need to review this again!! THANKS for sharing the video!
If only I’d seen this months ago. It took me FOREVER to figure this out…lol. Good info, thank you!
Thanks Sara – sorry I did not get it out earlier. 😉
Informative post, and I will share on Twitter for you 😉
Thanks Anita, I appreciate that.
Great post Stacey! I just created my Gravatar this week!
And you look great!!
Great intro to Gravatar – I love how easy it is! And has an admin to several WordPress sites, it is great how you can assign different images to different emails (or as you pointed out, one image to several emails) so I can mix and match as needed … I can have a different profile look to best match each site.
You just gave me an idea for a blog post! Do you mind if I add to this and link back to you and this post?
Feel free – I would not mind at all!
Love this post. I’ve been pulling my hair out lately over this. Lets see if it worked!
How did you get on? Did it work?
I love this. Thanks Stacey. I had never really thought about this before. I don’t know why…. Let’s see if it works!
YAY! It worked!!
Thanks Suzanne – you have chosen a lovely picture as well.
How did you go?
Great instructions! I wish I would have found this when I was trying to figure out how to create one. I got it, but this would have saved me a lot of time:)
Sorry I did not send it out earlier – I am pleased you were able to sort it though.
Really neat- I don’t have anything right now. I will bookmark this!
I am pleased you found it useful!