One of the major areas that indie authors have problems with is social networking and marketing. Part of the reason for this is in many cases, we use tools that require repetition, or don’t work for us. Which is what the ‘five minute fix’ articles are all about.
What’s the buzz?
On WordPress based blogs, if you’re commenting, a small image comes up next to your comments. You can get a pretty image that’s basically random – or – you can have an image YOU can control. Many people commenting think it’s something you have to set up per blog – which, lets face it, if you’re active in the author community, might seem like a lot of work. Which is why many people don’t look into it.
Good news! There’s a website that you can use, and is automatically built into every WordPress install out there.
Non tech translation – you can sign up for an account and, when commenting, use a different email depending on what image you’d like to show off. As your emails aren’t used on site, swapping them out will only make a difference if you subscribe to the comments themselves, which means depending on where you are commenting you could have:
- A book cover Gravatar for professionally or book based comments.
- A professional one for comments that aren’t necessarily book based (like on sites like this) or for a bit of a change from your cover.
- A personal one for blogs that you comment on that isn’t to do with writing. If you want a distinction that is 😉
Head on over to Gravatar and check it out – it’s as easy as uploading some photos, attaching some email addresses, and, if you want, filling in more of the profile.