If you’re a rookie blog commenter, you might wonder how some people get custom icons next to their comments, while others do not. It’s actually really simple! Those little pictures are called Gravatars, a condensation of Globally Recognized Avatars. A Gravatar is an avatar image that follows you from blog to blog, appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites.
To get your own Gravatar, all you have to do is create an account at www.gravatar.com. Once you have an account, you can add multiple email addresses and assign different pictures to each one. Once that’s done, go comment on a blog! As long as you use one of the email addresses you registered through Gravatar.com, you’ll get an icon next to your comment!
This won’t work on every blog. Some people turn off comment avatars, and some blog software doesn’t support it. Most do though, and since it only takes a few minutes to do… just do it!
There are a few other reasons to get yourself a Gravatar. If you comment on a blog, your avatar gives you an identity. It can be your picture, your company logo, or a picture or graphic with special meaning to you. Since your avatar will be consistant from blog to blog, it can show people in certain circles that you’re interested in what they have to say. If you have your own website, it’s also a form of branding. Commenting on blogs will occasionally compel people to visit your website. Your avatar could be that extra bit that catches someone’s eye.