As you wander around the blogosphere you’ve probably noticed that when some people post a comment, a default avatar symbol will show up next to their remark, while when some people comment, a personalized picture will show up instead.
From time to time people have emailed me and asked how I have the same signature picture spanning across the Internet and today I wanted to share the two ways to achieve that via the two biggest blogging platforms — WordPress and Blogger–for those of you who might have wondered.
Commenting on WordPress Blogs: Gravatar is a free, globally recognized avatar system. Anyone can grab a Gravatar through a quick sign up. Your personalized avatar is connected to your email account and once you’ve entered your email in a comment form, your personal Gravatar will show up. Signing up is as simple as going here —> Gravatar and registering your email, uploading a picture and ta-da, you’re done.
Commenting on Blogger Blogs: If you have a Blogger based Blog, you’re all set. If you’re not using Blogger, there are a few options available under the comment form that you can tie back to a personalized avatar like OpenId, but to be frank, you need a Google account with Blogger profile. Google is on the way to ruling the world and beyond claiming a personalized avatar, there are many benefits to having a Google account from a blogging standpoint….no matter what platform you personally use: Google analytics, Feedburner, Readers, etc..
Once you’ve claimed both a Gravatar and gone through the process of Google Account/Blogger, you can jump back and forth between different types of blogs leaving your personalized stamp like second nature. Commenting is connection in the blog world, and in a heavily text based Internet, the sense of sight or visual reference is more important than ever. Add that extra level of personalization with Avatars and we’ll see you, in the comment section.
(and I’ll leave the first two comments on this post to demonstrate the two avatars I frequently use)