I am currently part of a challenging, yet fun “30 day blogging challenge”, where a group I am a member of is aiming to write and publish at least three blog posts per week for the month of March.
I am very much enjoying it but it has been harder than I anticipated. Firstly, coming up with new, educational, interesting content is easier said the done, then finding the time to actually write it and publish it is definitely more time consuming than I imagined.
Here we are at the start week three ALREADY and this my sixth blog (half way) of twelve so a tad behind but determined to catch up before then end of the month.
Anyway, the point of this blog….
We have all been enjoying reading and interacting/commenting on each others blogs and I noticed quite a few of us in the group have not yet set up our online web identity – our Gravatar. So here is an easy way to grab yours to enhance your online profile.
Here are some samples of posts/comments, some with a Gravatar and some without..
What’s a Gravatar?
Your Gravatar is simply an image that represents or identifies you online. It is a small square picture that sits beside your name when you comment on discussion boards, blogs etc on the web. These small pics are called Avatars but WordPress (the most common website platform) calls them Gravatars short for “Globally Recognized Avatar.”
If you don’t have one and you comment on a post, your Gravatar will be a default pic, which is a standard grey outline of a person that shows up next to your name. If you want to be better recognised, your Gravatar can be personalised to be a pic of you, your logo or any random icon that you like.
If your business is web based, you are a regular blogger or you are building an online brand and you want to be identified on the web, then you definitely should use a Gravatar to represent you. Over time your Gravatar will become more and more recognised making it easier for people to follow you and your business.
Grab yours now, it’s easy!
Well it is not really grabbing it, it is just a case of setting it up. I believe there are a few ways to do this but I found this way very easy.
Visit the Gravatar website: http://en.gravatar.com/
Click on the blue icon/box that says: “Create Your Own Gravatar”.
I then set up an account using the email address that I use for my blogging site. Uploaded the Gravatar image I wanted and voilà there she was!
I hope this has been helpful, feel free to leave me a comment or share this with whoever might be wondering how to turn their “mystery man” default avatar in to a recognisable and groovy Gravatar.
Kim McKee - founder of Kee Marketing.
Kim Is an experienced marketing consultant specialising in assisting companies develop cutting edge websites.
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