Thumbnail Photos For Your Posts

gravatar-logo-thumbI am a Kindergartner when it comes to computer technology. Over the last few days I have learned a lot and may even be ready for the First Grade. Yipee! One of the areas I have learned about—which for you Second Graders is SO last year—is how to get a thumbnail photo to appear when you leave a comment on someone’s blog post.

I love to see who is leaving the comments after other people’s posts. Now that I have a blog of my own, I especially want to see who is talking to me. And I love when there is a face to go with the name. Sadly, many of the comments that have been left on my site have no face. (When someone doesn’t have a customized photo, or “avatar,” WordPress calls them Mystery Men.) So, for all you “Mystery Men” out there I’m going to show you how I got my avatar two days ago so you can get one, too.

By the way, you will need two thing before you begin. You will need an email address and a photo. So go to your photos and pick out one you’d like to use and remember where it is. You will need to “choose” it during the process.

Here is what I have learned from Gravatar, the company who makes them:


What is a gravatar?

A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an avatar image that follows you from blog to blog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on blogs?


How do I get a gravatar?

Signing up for a account is FREE, and all that’s required is your email address. Once you’ve signed up you can upload your avatar image and soon after you’ll start seeing it on gravatar enabled blogs!

Sign up now!


So there you have it. It’s easy. Gravatar walks you through the process step by step. Give it a try. If you can’t do it, no problem, I’ll  enjoy having a little mystery in my life.

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23 Responses to “Thumbnail Photos For Your Posts”

  1. @KH – Did You ever figure out how to get around this? I’m having the same problem. If you look at the Facebook page you can see that all of the thumbnails are the Gravatar picture!! GRRRRR! It’s driving me crazy. HELP!…

  2. I am sort of new to the blog world. I have a wordpress blog, and recently when I share a post link ( copy post http:// link) my post thumbnail image appears as the gravatar logo. I would like the thumbnail to be one of the photo’s included in that specific post ( as it did before). If you go to my facebook page you will see what I am talking about, I want it to appear as it did in previous posts. This doesn’t only happen on facebook, I have the same issue on any site myspace, linked in ect.

    I know your not tech support, but any help would be appreciated:) Thanks

  3. Thanks so much. I really hope this works.

  4. Gail,

    Thanks for the very helpful article! It was driving me nuts trying to figure out how to get my picture to appear. Having my photo on MyBlogLog and a variety of other sources didn’t work. So simple. Thanks. 🙂


  5. Thanks for the help with the Avatar. I wish more people would do this. Look forward to more interesting blog posts.

  6. I thought you were just thinking about blogging, it was great to find this!

    It would be fun if you commented on your blog, about some of the things your husband posts about. For example, you could do a follow up post on how we can make our husbands feel superhuman. Seven tips to treat him like the king that he is!

    Thanks for blogging, I look forward to your updates.

  7. Thanks Joy and Patti,

    There’s so much to learn, huh?

    Best to you,

  8. Gail:

    Thank you for the pointer to … I’ve been blogging for a few years and never knew about it. And you call yourself a beginner!

    Great start, looking forward to seeing more posts. I tend to go in spurts on posting too. I’ve more than one blog on different topics, sort of post to the ones that have my attention when the spirit moves me 🙂


  9. Oh yeah! That’s awesome. I might just add it to my blog if ‘blogger’ accepts it. One of these days wordpress is gonna convert me.. i just get that feeling.

    Thanks for sharing

  10. Thanks Linda. Glad it was helpful. More posts to come after I’m off babysitting duty. 🙂

  11. This is wonderful and helpful. Although my book cover is my image I’m going to share this link with my readers!

  12. Hi Gail, got your message to say it’s in, but I can’t see anything. Let me just click….

  13. Eva,

    It’s in. Wow, I’m impressed. Great picture.

  14. I have put a new photo, but as it didn’t show up in the last comment, I went to see why and this is the reply:

    ” We cache your gravatars for periods of time, which means that your new gravatar will take effect after the old one expires from the cache. The reason we do this is to be able to serve your (and indeed everybody’s) gravatar images much more quickly and reliably.”

    So Gail, we will have to wait.

  15. Eva,

    It looks identical to the last one.

  16. Gail, is this any better?

  17. Chris, My favorite son-in-law … whose name begins with C. (Gotta be careful here.)

    Thanks for the comment. I know you’ll be running circles around me in this digital world. I hope you learn WordPress so you can teach me a thing or two.

    Love you,

  18. Eva,

    Nice work. Persistence paid off! My only comment on your photo is that I will have to get out my magnifying glass—which I keep very handy these days, haha—in order to see you in it. You might crop it a bit.

    Thanks for not giving up. You’ll now inspire others to try!


  19. hi gail, glad you’re blogging and excited to read future posts! enjoy your sunday and i love seeing what gravatars end up on my blog too! 🙂

  20. I think the reason my picture doesn’t show up is perhaps because I have put a different email here to the one on Gravatar. Let me click now to see if picture comes up, if not please delete comment.

  21. Hi Gail, I never thought I’d find someone who would explain, so the over 20’s chicks like me, could understand some of the mysteries of this technological world.

    I posted this by mistake on yesterday’s post, could you please delete it? However, I see my avatar hasn’t come up.

  22. Ahh Gail, I think this is the way we are meant to hang out – online, in pixels and letters our relationship will be cast. I look forward to picking your brain by reading your blog.
    Your Son-in-Law


    P.S. Check out my avatar


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