Does your Gravatar lead to your Blog?

gravatarI love connecting with people who read my blog and I love it when new people, whom I’ve never come accross before, like or comment on one of my posts.

Most of the time I try to visit them back, but often, when I click on their Gravatar (which naturally takes me to their Gravatar profile) there is no information given about their blog!

If you’ve been visiting and commenting on dozens of blogs and are wondering why no-one visits you back, this may be why!

Do you know that you have to manually link your blog address to your Gravatar profile?

Here’s how to fix the problem:

  1. Go to http://en.gravatar.com and sign in
  2. Take your mouse to the top right hand corner, where a small version of your profile image appears, next to your email address.
  3. Hovering over the image, click on ‘Edit my Profile.’ (Or ‘View my Profile’) if you’re not sure!!
  4. Then go to ‘My Links’ and enter your blog title and Url.

Now, when you comment on or like someone’s post, they will be able to reach your blog through your Gravatar!

Looking forward to visiting some more of you back!

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I love Social Media… or do I?

Apparently the emotions of love and hate are strongly related. I can see this in action in my feelings towards social media.

It’s tempting to say that I hate social media, but my actions betray me. If I dared blog about disliking it, I would be faced with an onslaught of friends crying ‘fraud!’ In fact the irony is obvious. I’m blogging about it. If I hate it, stop blogging!

ff7e6836af97118327bf303f4de4aba7So, I’ll have to face the truth: I love social media. Not all of it, but there’s no denying that Facebook has become an extension of my right hand or that there is now a filing cabinet on the creative side of my brain labelled ‘WordPress.’

So how can I simultaneously love and hate it? My ponderings have led me to this conclusion: Loving something too much can lead to obsession; as we obsess we hand power to the object of our obsessions. Even Nick Thompson, from Wired magazine said of the iPhone: “There are a lot of people who have a problematic relationship with these devices where the device becomes the master and they become the servant.”[1]

Somehow, by our own doing, this inanimate data, somewhere out in the ether, begins to control us. And so we do what humans have done for centuries with an object of obsession: We hate it. But we can’t destroy it, because it has a hold on us.

Do you ever worry about the hold that social media has on you?


[1] Thompson, Nick; in: Maushart, Susan. The Winter of our Disconnect. Profile Books, London. 2012