Grokking the Gravatar

Published by | Monday, May 11th, 2009




I am usually the reassuring one; helping others get past the “feeling dumb” part, and into the mindset of being open to learning new things. Now that I’m officially a blogger (took me long enough, eh?) I wanted to learn how to make my picture show up next to my comments.

The process was a little uncomfortable, but it worked. I logged on to the free service at and followed the directions. Gravatar stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. I used the same email address that I use when I post a comment to our blog. Magically, once I loaded my image there, it appeared in our blog next to my comments.

It’s weird to me that one disparate service can tie my email address to my picture off my hard drive to unrelated software that we use for blogging. We’ve apparently set up our WordPress software to acknowledge the gravatar image plugin. I hope you’ll comment on this post by uploading your pictures to gravatar and seeing the magic happen yourselves.  It’s easy, fun and a little weird. And it even makes a person who is feeling dumb feel a little more cheeky.


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4 Responses to “Grokking the Gravatar”

  1. Bonnie says:

    Hey, there, Lynda! Welcome to the Blogosphere!

    I just told my husband that if was a man, I’d have run off with him already. I have to make myself do at least one chore before I do a couple of movie classes, otherwise the house would be totally destroyed.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Er, what I should’ve said was “Welcome to Gravatars!”

  3. Daniel says:

    Hey Lynda,

    Wow.. laugh at me if you will but I didn’t know how to use the whole damn Avatar/Gravatar thing for the life of me! And I’m not techno-illiterate in the least, believe it or not. I check fairly regularly and incidently stumbled upon your blog (just shows you how blind I am!). I immediately went to the site your mention, registered, posted my image and presto! My avatar appeared on all my WordPress blogs within just a few short moments, like magic!

    Thanks so much!

    Ohh.. I should mention, I had to install the Filosofo Gravatars WP Plugin.

  4. Lynda says:

    Whew. Glad I’m not the only one who had never heard of a gravatar!

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