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.”
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: https://en.gravatar.com 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 WordPress.com 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 https://accounts.google.com/signup
Once you’ve setup that account, you’ll have to go to www.blogger.com 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!