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.
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.