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Some WordPress themes (including mine) include an author blurb and picture at the end of the post. This feature works well for food, lifestyle, and multi-author blogs since it adds a face to the content, creating a personal connection.
What is a Gravatar?
A gravatar is another name for your author picture. Even if you don’t have a WordPress blog, you can have a WordPress username which I would recommend. If you setup a WordPress username with a profile picture, whenever you leave a comment on a WordPress blog, your profile picture will be visible. To sign up for a WordPress username, complete this form.
Setting Up Your Profile Picture with Gravatar
I recommend setting up your profile picture through Gravatar if you frequently comment on other blogs. Some site designs showcase the author picture next to the comment. If there is no image selected, then a little generic icon will show up. To make sure your brand is consistent, you want your headshot or logo to appear.
- Register your WordPress account with Gravatar: https://en.gravatar.com. Make sure you register your email associated with your blog username with Gravatar. I list all of my emails (even the old White Oak Creative ones and my personal email).
- After you’ve registered your account and added a picture, you need to make sure that your blog is listed under “my websites.” To do this, you need to go to the Gravatar Dashboard. If your blog is not there, add it. Within 10-15 minutes, your picture should be showing up.