Blogs have become a lot like tattoos in that once you get one that you like, it’s almost impossible to resist the urge to start another. The good news for those that have fallen prey to the blog addiction is that WordPress has created a fantastic interface that allows you to create and manage as many blogs as you wish. This is a particularly great option for those looking to brand themselves online, which is actually a good idea if you are using your blogs to run some kind of business or service.
It used to be that you would have to go into the control panel of each individual blog and set up a profile, complete with avatar, which would let everyone know who you are and what you are about. It wasn’t the most annoying task in the world, but certainly one that was something of a time killer. That all changed with the introduction of the Gravatar Globally Recognized Avatar) , which is basically a profile that can be carried across numerous blogs, websites and online forums. It helps create that brand while letting people easily identify you across numerous different online destinations.
If you are hearing about Gravatar for the first time, you are likely wondering how to go about setting yours up. The good news is that it is an incredibly simply process that requires no special skills or training. Here are the steps required to set up your Gravatar:
1. The first thing you need to do is head over to the Gravatar website where you will have the option of signing in with your WordPress login credentials or entering your e-mail in order to get the creation process started. We will assume that this is your first time at the site, so enter your e-mail address and go to your inbox.
2. You will receive a message asking you to confirm your e-mail. If you don’t immediately see it, check in your spam folder to make sure that it didn’t end up there by mistake.
3. Once you click the link in the e-mail, you will be taken to a page where you can upload the image you want to use. You can use any image here, but if your goal is to build your brand, you may want to use a picture that is somewhat professional looking or which contains your company logo.
4. You may need to crop your image in order for it to become your avatar, but this is also easy to do. A shaded box will cover the usable area of your image, so all you need to do is move it around until you get exactly what you want. Click finish and your image will be set.
5. The final step is to give your Gravatar a rating, which might be necessary if the image you chose contains something a little racy. Once that is done your Gravatar is complete and you will be able to use it on sites that have that particular login option.