Your Blog’s Comment Avatars


Let’s start out with this question: What do you remember more often of someone you just met? Their face/appearance or their name?

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m HORRIBLE at remembering names. It’s really embarrassing sometimes, BUT I’m really good at remembering faces.

Who are you again?


So what does this have to do with blogging? Well, how much do you want to be remembered as a blogger? How recognizable are you to other bloggers? When you think of another blogger, what comes to mind? For me, one of the first things I think of/associate with a blogger is their profile image (avatar). Most of us don’t see each other in “real life” so your profile image is what people often associate with your name and blog.

That’s important! It amazes me that most everyone has a Twitter profile image, but maybe half of commenters on blog posts will have a picture next to their name that isn’t the “mystery man.” (white blob person on grey background). You’re not doing yourself any favors mystery man. Sometimes I find it hard to remember who a commenter is at first glance because they have the mystery man profile image and I have to click on their blog link to remember who they are.

Well today we’re going to remedy that for you! We have two profiles we need to set. Your Blogger profile image and your WordPress profile image.


Let’s start with WordPress first. Now WordPress uses something called a Gravatar. What’s a gravatar?

“A Gravatar is a Globally Recognized Avatar. You upload it and create your profile just once, and then when you participate in any Gravatar-enabled site, your Gravatar image will automatically follow you there.”

-excerpt from Gravatar website


The great thing about gravatar is that a lot of other platforms, besides WordPress, use it as well. The way it works is through your email address. Whatever email address you use for commenting, is what you should sign up with on the site.

All you have to do is go to this site: and click the button Create Your Own Gravatar.


Fill in the email you comment with and then whatever username password you want. If you have a account, you can login with that. Once that’s setup, it should be pretty self-explanatory to add an image. There’s a link for it you click and then you choose your image, crop it, and assign a rating(like movie ratings).

And that’s it! Now that profile image will follow you around whenever you use that email address to comment in WordPress.


Blogger on the other hand is connected to your Gmail because this is Google. It’s pretty easy to setup though.

If you don’t have a Gmail account, go to

Once you’ve setup that account, you’ll have to go to to verify your profile and create your Blogger account. From there, click on your username in the top right corner and click the link Blogger Profile.


Then click the Edit Profile orange button in the top right corner. Scroll down a little bit and you’ll see a heading for Profile Picture. Upload your picture there and you’re all set :)

Forever will you be remembered

Haha not really. However, you do give yourself a higher chance of being remembered by other bloggers when you’re commenting! Commenting takes a lot of time and effort, if you do it right. Don’t let that time go to waste!

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9 thoughts on “Your Blog’s Comment Avatars

  1. Great tips Stephanie! I think having a commenting avatar is extremely important – it really gives you some branding clarity and helps bloggers remember and identify you easier. Thanks for sharing these tips and wonderful tutorial! ♥
    Zoe @ Stories on Stage recently posted…Crimson BoundMy Profile

  2. This was a really good article… I’ve been always thinking about this. I have mostly the same avatar…I love my Daphne one! But I feel like I should use an actual picture for like my twitter and blogger profile so I don’t know because it’s hard to give up Daphne! >.<
    lol but someday I will reconcile the two and make a decision! In the meantime…bookmarking your post ;)
    Diamond @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…Waiting on Wednesday #17My Profile

  3. Thank you for the tips Stephanie! :D Yes I totally remember that I once had this avatar of an artwork of Tris (not that Divergent is my favourite novel, I just adored the art :P) as my default avatar, and after I changed it to a picture of me, people must have been wondering “WHO ARE YOU STRANGER”??? Hahaha but hopefully they’re used to it now :P
    And that GIF up there cracked me up :P
    Lovely post Stephanie! Still cannot stop drooling over your design! :D
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  4. I was surprised how many people didn’t have avatars, just like you were. I haven’t been sure whether to use a pic of myself or the image I’m using in my logo. For the moment I’m going with the photo.
    Hazel recently posted…Book Tag: Reading HabitsMy Profile

  5. I try and keep my gravatar consistent with the image I have up on my blog, or with my Twitter icon. I figure if they follow me on Twitter or have stopped by my blog they might recognize my face and then I’ll be less of a stranger in my first comment. :P These were great tips! I definitely remember faces more than I remember names.
    Sydney recently posted…Book Bloggers and Books Tag!My Profile

  6. The mystery man! I’m surprised bloggers still haven’t set something, so I asked Meg (Adrift on Vulcan) who did my theme to make some faces for those without avatars. It’s a small detail, but seeing that mystery man doesn’t make me as happy as seeing the cute little faces Meg made.

    But I’m seriously wondering why people won’t use an avatar. They make you stand out; what’s not to like?
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