What's a gravatar, you wonder? It comes from the world Avatar, kind of like the avatars your kids choose for themselves while playing video games. I'm way too outside of that world to do a real comparison of the two, despite having 2 teenage boys! Avatar was actually originally a Hindu religious term, referring to the material manifestation of a deity on earth, but in the online world gravatars are photos that we choose to represent ourselves online.
When do gravatars show up online?
Here's an example of what your gravatar & author profile will look like at the bottom of those blog posts>
WHY CREATE A GRAVATAR?
Your gravatar and author profile are a great way to build your relationship with readers, making it clear that you are the one providing them with such great information or thought-provoking articles, and inviting them to take the next step in getting to know you. It serves as a supplement to your "about me" page, introducing readers to you on each and every blog post. That way, even if they find you for the first time via a blog post, they can start getting to know you right away!
Most importantly it's a simple & FREE way to quickly up your professionalism profile online!
NOTE: The tutorial below is specifically for WordPress users. That said, if you want your photo to show up when you comment on other people's sites, then you do need to create a gravatar using the steps below! If you're on squarespace, follow these instructions instead. If you're on WIX, click here.