Behind the Gravatar: Or Reasons I Love Waking Up to Your Face

“You really need to get one.”

Get what?

“A Gravatar.”

What’s a Gravatar?

“You know, the Globally Recognized AVATAR. G + R + Avatar = Gravatar. Get it? It’s globally recognized because millions of people use it on the internet. And if you intend on leaving a comment on WordPress, or or even voting for the next American Idol, you need one. Pronto.”

This is an excerpt from a conversation I had with a WP community member when my blog was in its infancy. At the time, I didn’t realize the importance of what this person was saying. Or the importance of a Gravatar.

Whenever I heard the word Gravatar, I couldn’t help but think of James Cameron’s science fiction film Avatar. I had no idea that Gravatars represented first impressions, brand recognition, etc.

After accepting the legitimacy of Gravatars, I began hunting for an image. The selection process involved little thought or consideration. I selected a picture on a whim, one that was entered in a Christmas card contest.

I cropped out the bottle of wine. Chose a cool filter. And, voila! Just like that I was done.


This Gravatar was the face of my blog for nearly two years.

Until I gave birth to my third child. That’s when the antsiness set in. Antsy in every way. Antsy in my body. Antsy in my blog. I had an overwhelming desire for change. So, I switched things up around here.

Guess you could say I went through a re-birth.

While I was mauling over which photo to upload, I began noticing other Gravatars. I mean really noticing the effort bloggers put into their images. The color combinations. The expression in the eyes. The half smiles. Whole Smiles. The illustrations. The majestic animals.

I-M-P-R-E-S-S-I-V-E. I live for the details!!

I tried admiring these photos from afar. In secret. I didn’t want to come across as overzealous. Until one day, I burst. The floodgates opened and praise started pouring out of me. I gave credit where credit was owed. And this is how I came to meet this lovely woman:

It was Gravatar at first sight.


See this cat? This face? Makes you wonder who’s behind this gravatar, right? Well, this image certainly peeked my interest. I’m glad I caved to my curiosity because it led me to a talented, laugh out loud, funny lady. She’s one of my favorite humor bloggers.

Thank you Naptimethoughts for graciously sharing your Gravatar with us today. You make me smile. In all honesty, I feel that way about every blogger that stops by. I appreciate the uniqueness in YOU. I appreciate the time you take to read what I write. I appreciate the thoughtful comments. I appreciate the friendships.

Mostly, I appreciate doing life together.

It’s your turn to take the floor. You already know I love waking up to your face. Now, I want to hear about the evolution of your Gravatar. The behind the scenes process you went through in selecting your current image. Here are a few questions to get you started:

1. Black and white. Or color?

2. First name. Or Blog name?

3. Anonymous. Or is anonymity overrated?

4. Caricature? Or you in the flesh?

5. How often do you change your Gravatar? Do you think it’s too risky to switch because fellow bloggers won’t recognize you?

Okay, I may have included an extra question in #5. Sorry, I can’t help it. I do things in odd numbers.