The Importance of Gravatars

I set up a gravatar account years ago. Several sites needed me to show I am not a robot, (although I feel like one packing up house at the moment), so I signed up and left it at that. Whenever I commented on a site using Gravatar, a funny swirly image sat where my face should shine. Eventually I found a way of adding a picture, and sat back quite happily. Until I joined, WordPress.

When I joined this platform, I set up a Gravatar profile. It gave me the opportunity to share a bit more about myself. You can pretty it up as you wish, and add all sites, which show up as pictured, direct links. I added a lace background, and altered the colours.

I love WordPress for its ease of use with regard to commenting and following. My blogging life has become simplified, (after I found out how to actually use WordPress), and I have found new blogs. This is where Gravatar started to catch my attention, and how I noted folk are not making good use of the site.
Where you click like on a post via the star, or leave a comment, an image shows the site owner they have had a visitor. I have had some good-lookers come my way, thank you!

Anyway, I toddled off to other blogs, and as I am wanting to find more historical romance writers to connect with, I spent a few hours focusing on just that.

What a disappointing day! Not one image gave me any information about the person in the picture. It was a dead-end. No link took me to their site, so I could see if they were historical romance writers. The fact they had commented on a WordPress site relating to the topic, indicated to me they showed an interest. I wanted to learn more about them, to see if I would like their site, and couldn’t. Now, the chances are, some are like I used to be, didn’t have a WP site, and just used a gravatar to comment. However, I am sure some of them do have a blog I could enjoy but have not taken the time to set up a Gravatar profile. It is a smart page, and offers a great way to show yourself to potential viewers.

This is my Gravatar profile: Glynis Smy. cropped-iaza124629657445001.jpg

You will see I have set it up with several links, and info, to enable folk to find me. When they click on my face by a comment, or beside the ‘like this’ star, they will not only see my face smiling back at them, they will also find my site.

Have you made good use of the Gravatar profile? It is a valuable marketing tool, so if not, go and spend time creating one.

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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27 Responses to The Importance of Gravatars

  1. jadereyner says:

    Thank you Glynis. I have one of these profiles and have been wondering what the point of them was, from all I could see they were annoying! Will have another look at mine and see if I can work out what to do with it. Not even sure how to access it!

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  3. Thank you, Glynis. I have a Gravatar profile but I’m going to take a closer look at it. It likely needs some polish.

  4. Karen Walker says:

    Hi Glynis,
    Just came over from your other blog – how to I follow you here other than email – I don’t do that.

  5. denizb33 says:

    I think I have a WordPress account, for when I comment on WordPress blogs – and I’ve got Disqus too. Not sure if I have a Gravatar. Will check into it. Thanks for calling my attention to this, Glynis!

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  7. Hey Glynis, great post! It reminded me to check mine and I’d also wanted to change my domain name (taking off the Very) My pic’s on Twitter – it’s a b/w. I have a recent cancer scar near my eye and nose, so I try to have pictures that don’t make me look as though I’m playing the part of woman-hit-in-face-with-baseball-bat on Eastenders! I expect I’ll get used to it. On WordPress, I could have my face but I like the Byron quote in mine. Anyway – I pinged back to your original post as I’ve just explained my address change in a blogpost. Now that was a hassle! But the avatar info seemed fine. 🙂 x

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Tessa, thanks, glad you enjoyed the post and found it useful. Sorry to hear about the C hitting you! I nursed many folk who had strength and humour I admired. Well done on keeping yours! 🙂

  8. Jane Risdon says:

    Hello and thanks so much for visiting my author blog. Wonderful to see you there. I also have a gravatar and have never seen the point as I cannot access anyone via it and so basically ignore it. I thought it was just me!! Have a wonderful weekend. Do pop back again and I shall visit you too. 🙂

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Jane, I couldn’t see the point at first, then I realised the value of using it properly.

      Thanks, will do, and ditto! 🙂

      • Jane Risdon says:

        Glynis, perhaps I should revisit the whole thing and see what it can really do. Everything takes up such a lot of time and effort. Technology can be so infuriating at times. But I shall have another look. Enjoy your day.

      • Glynis Smy says:

        I would set aside a half hour, and set it up. I think it is worth it for WP users, especially.

        Enjoy the weekend. 🙂

      • Jane Risdon says:

        I thought I had done so a long while back but all I see when I try it out is – nothing really. I shall. Thanks. And I hope to enjoy the weekend thanks, should be sunny and warm. 🙂

  9. willowdot21 says:

    Hello Glynis, thank you so much for following my blolog. I am honoured that someone so talented is interested in my page, please feel welcome any time . xxx

  10. Just wanted to pop over and say thanks for the follow! 🙂

  11. Loribeth says:

    I love that picture of you!

  12. I had just the bare bones in my profile. I’ve added some on, in About Me and the link for my blog.

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