Discussion: Why Don’t You Gravatar?!

Posted on 05/29/2014 in Discussion / 13 Comments

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Whenever I visit other blogs, or even return comments on my own, I see a lot of generic avatars, either custom to the blog I’m visiting, or the blank face (you know the one I’m talking about) that is the generic gravatar avi.  Or I see this guy below:gravatarlogo And a question that has plagued my mind for a few years now:


I can understand when it’s non-bloggers who don’t have a reason to network, because what’s the point, but there are so many bloggers who also don’t utilize Gravatar and I’m left scratching my head and wondering why?  Gravatar doesn’t send you emails (but even if they did, you could opt out of those thanks to CAN-SPAMM laws).  Gravatar doesn’t require updating (unless you want to update your avi).  SO WHY?  ANSWER ME BLOGIVERSE!


bawdyiconTake my gravatar for example:  it’s just a headshot of my avi girl and whenever I comment somewhere, people know (or soon learn) who I am just by looking at my avatar.  People absorb information via pictures and images much faster than by reading words and your gravatar is the fast track to solidifying your Brand Identity, baby. Jen at Jenuine Cupcakes is another example: you know her avi because, well, it’s holding a cupcake!  Parajunkee has a skull.  Kimba at Caffeinated Reviewer has a coffee mug.  You get the point.  I can’t think of a single negative to having Gravatar.  Probably because none exist.


Super-easy.  Go to www.gravatar.com and sign up.  Add your image and your email.  After that, anywhere you leave a comment with your email, your image will appear next to your comment and people will begin recognizing you by that alone.  Since WordPress and most of its themes come with built-in Gravatar support, you really have nothing but everything to gain.

So tell me, are you someone without Gravatar and if so, how come?  

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Jennifer is both a book nerd and professional photographer. That means she lives in the fantasy world all the time, whether of her making, or someone else's. She collects books like the Duggar family collects kids, and began waiting for her Hogwarts letter at the tender age of 33.

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13 responses to “Discussion: Why Don’t You Gravatar?!

  1. Gravatar is really easy and a cool option to have. My guess is people might not know about it. So I’m sharing this post to spread the word 🙂

  2. I remember that I had trouble with gravatar when I first started blogging – so my guess? People don’t know how to do it. Great post – I could have used something like this when I got going. I have a couple images for my – the B with the witch hat and then my own face, depending on the platform. I read somewhere that you should try to put your own face out there to connect to a real person, but I’ve been really thinking about changing everything to the B.
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  3. Couldn’t agree more. Gravatar was the first thing I bothered about when I first set up a personal blog won WordPress.com back in 2007. It drove me crazy seeing that generic icon beside my name. I like being identifiable and it helps tremendously when others use gravatars as well because like you said, visual cues are vital in establishing your online identity.
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  4. Like Berls, I had trouble with mine at first. Maybe people just don’t know how or don’t want to bother. On Pinterest I just realized yesterday (after months of having an account) that I was still using the generic pin. I do like seeing them and recognizing people by their image, whether or not it’s their face. Mine’s not me and it has nothing to do with blogging, but I try to use it on most of my social media accounts.
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