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: And a question that has plagued my mind for a few years now:
WHY DON’T THEY GRAVATAR?!
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!
HAVING A GRAVATAR BENEFITS YOU
Take 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.
HOW CAN YOU GET GRAVATAR?
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?