When we launched BassParade last week we made sure to invite our readers to participate by posting comments. On a personal level, I’m satisfied with it because we’ve yet to receive any comments that begin, “Exactly how much crack have you been smoking?” or “You are wrong on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin…” – though I’m sure they’re coming, which is fine. Have at it, guys!
Anyhow, there’s another aspect to the whole comments thing that hasn’t been nailed yet. Here’s how you can “fix” it for yourselves.
I received an email from fellow BassParader Jason Bryant asking how to change a profile picture when posting to comments. Let me tell you folks something: When Jason Bryant asks how to do something on the computer, you can pretty much chalk that something up as being NOT user-friendly, otherwise it would already be done.
In light of this new information I thought it would behoove us to take a moment to discuss Avatars (your profile picture when you post comments—not the 3D blue people).
Like many blogs, Bass Parade’s avatar system is based on Gravatars (Globally Recognized Avatars). The cool thing about gravatars is that you set it up once and the avatar will follow you around from site to site based on your email addy.
In other words, you set it up once and going forward many blogs, message boards and sites will automatically pick it up as well.
For example, I recently whimsically posted a comment on this cool Egg Timer Time Lapse Video, and as you can see my gravatar populated without me having to do any extra work.
To setup your own gravatar, all you have to do is visit http://gravatar.com and click on the “get your gravatar today” button. It only takes a minute, and by doing it you can have a cool pic associated with your name rather than a boring silhouette.