Have you ever commented on someone’s blog and noticed that next to your post was a picture like this:

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 and then noticed how everyone else who’s commented has some great picture of them self? If you’ve ever noticed this and wondered how to make your own, then this post is for you.

The picture that you’re looking at is called a Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar). It is an “image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums.”

The first place you need to start is gravatar.com.  About halfway down the page you’ll notice a box to type your email in. Type your email in and then click “Get Your Gravatar.”

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It’ll take you to a page that will ask if you have a WordPress account. If you do you can go that route and you won’t have to type in as much information. If not, you can click on “create a new one” and create an account that way.  Both of these are free, so whichever you choose is fine.

Once you finish up the registration you’ll be asked where you want to get your image from. If you have a great picture on your hard drive you can choose that option or if you love your Facebook Profile photo you can link to that. Don’t worry if it’s not square or cropped just right,  you’ll be given a chance to fix that in the next step. (The easiest way to get your FB picture though would be to download it to your hard drive and then upload it here).

*You will not be locked into one gravatar image forever. The great thing about gravatars is that you can upload and change your image whenever you fancy a change.*

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Once you’ve found an uploaded your picture you’ll be brought to a page where you can crop your picture. It will show, on the right side of the screen a small and large preview of your picture.

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When you’re finished cropping, click “Crop and Finish!”

You’ll then be taken to a page to rate your gravatar. Make sure you choose the appropriate rating for your gravatar.

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Once you choose your rating you should be good to go. (If you have more than one email address registered, you’ll be asked which email address you’d like to use your gravatar with.)

*It might take a little while, maybe even a day, for your image to start showing up, so don’t freak out if you can’t see it on your comments instantly.*

If this post was helpful or you have any questions please leave a comment.