I sometimes forget that you know a lot more about me than I know about you.  I mean, you know that I’m a hooker, that I had a possible nervous breakdown while sitting in my closet … you even know what kind of toilet paper I use.

I meet people all the time who know me from my blog and during our conversation it’s entirely possible they might bethinking “Hey.  I wonder how Karen’s yeast infection is doing.”

Well, did you ever think that it might be nice for me to look at YOU for once and think, “Hey.  I wonder how her itchy lady parts are doing.”.

Let’s make that happen today.  Not the yeast infection, (that’s a special spell I have reserved for people who park sideways and take up more than one parking spot at Ikea on a Saturday), but the recognizing you bit.

This is what 70% of you look like to me and everyone else who reads this blog.




Faceless blobs of air.  Who are you people?  I don’t know.  In my head and the heads of everyone else reading the comments on blogs you possibly looking something like this …




So what are those little pictures and why doesn’t your photo show up?

Those are called Avatars and they’re put there by something called Gravatar.  Which stands for Globally Recognized Avatar.  Almost all blogs and websites are Gravatar enabled which means they are all ready, willing and able for your picture.

All you have to do is go to the Gravatar website and upload your photo.  Then Gravatar basically attaches itself to you and whenever you comment on a blog, Gravatar follows you there and includes your photo.

How to get your photo to show up in blog comments.

  1.  Go to the Gravatar website.
  2. Sign up.
  3. Create your profile which includes uploading your photo.
  4. Done!  Now when you comment on any blog or website that is Gravatar enabled your photo will show up.   Pretty much every website has Gravatar enabled on it by the way.
  5. You can change your profile picture whenever you want by going back to the Gravatar website and uploading a new photo.


In the profile section of the Gravatar website you can fill out your name, where you’re from and a little bit about yourself.


Why would you do that?  Well there’s a little surprise to Gravatar that not everyone knows about. If you hover over someone’s photo on any blog comment if they’ve filled out their profile, that information pops up!  So you can tell the world a little bit about you and you can learn a little bit about your fellow commenters.

And don’t worry if you’re a little bit shy you can upload a photo of anything.  Your dog, your cat, your kid.  I prefer to see recent photos of the actual person but the choice is yours.

I’ve only used 3 different Avatars on this blog since starting it but I might switch it up soon.


O.K. now it’s time for you to try to do it yourself!

I’ll be here.  Waiting.  And itching.

To see your pictures. ;)



  1. amberflora says:

    Thanks for the infor!

  2. beth says:

    wow. who knew it was that simple? thanks for the help

  3. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sheri says:

    I’m so glad other people asked because I was dumbfounded as to why my pic wouldn’t show up. Yay readers. Not sure why I just wouldn’t ask. Now to click and see if I made it work! Sheri

  5. Tracie says:

    That’s pretty awesome, thanks Karen!

  6. Anne says:

    Oops, perhaps I should not have picked a banana slug as my picture when posting a comment on an avant gardener’s site. Doh!

  7. Anne says:

    If you like bonnets you would like Wendy McClure’s book – The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie

  8. Nan Tee says:

    I just might be the only one that cannot figure it out. Maybe I’m typing in the wrong thing? Not really *that* computer literate, after all.

  9. Gayla T says:

    If Jaunty and cute is what you want, I’d better use the one with the round head and green dress. I think mine shows up already. Someone near and dear to me set mine up with a picture taken at midnight at a wedding dance. I was up since early that morning and my job was to keep track of the two year old who was not in the wedding. Her two older sisters and mama were in it so the little one was PO’d to the max. I look old and tired. They say the camera takes what it sees and I agree because I aged serveral years that day and I was too tired to move. I don’t think it’s fair that you get to be Laura. She was my friend first! You can be Mary and not have to do anything but sit around being the beautiful blind girl. You can even be Ma or Pa but I WANT TO BE LAURA!

  10. Missnicoleo says:

    fun! now what if I want to comment anonononomously?

  11. Patra says:

    Funny. It makes me want to get a decent picture of myself!

  12. Ana says:

    That’s clever! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amanda says:

    Its so awesome to see everyone!!!

  14. Patti says:

    This is the most practical site on the internez. I love it!

  15. Trish says:

    one more time, I swear I’m not stupid…

    • Karen says:

      Chippy!!!!! When did you learn to comment! And didn’t I just see you sitting in my birdfeeder??? When did the birdfeeder get wifi? ~ karen!

  16. Trish says:

    Now if only I could follow instructions properly…

  17. Trish says:

    You are so full of useful information. Thanks for the tip!

  18. Sarah A. says:

    Good tip! I always use the wrong email address, so it doesn’t show up. How about now?…

  19. Tess says:

    Is this thing on? (tapping on the mike)…..

  20. Shauna says:

    This is awesome, we can finally see everyone’s photos. We read each other’s comments as often as we read your blog, our little community is getting closer. Yep, that’s you Karen, bringing people together. All, hippy and commune-like. Soon we’ll be baking bread together and trading eggs from our chickens;)

  21. Jacqueline says:

    Very cool! Though my first thought was that you just wanted our photos in order to be able to identify and avoid stalkers…

  22. Sherri says:

    Done! What a cool idea to share with us…thanks! I guess the proof is in the puddin’, as my granny used to say. I’ll check in tomorrow to see if this post is accompanied by my photo, which I shall title, “Forever 57”. It was taken three years ago when my age was like the title and I’m probably going to use it until I’m 80 or until I die because it’s the most flattering photo of me that I have. It’s sort of like those obituary notices where the dearly deceased is 84, but the photo they run with the notice was taken when s/he was in her/his mid-20s. If the dead can do it, so can I, daggummit!

  23. Debbie Neal says:

    I did it!!Not sure if it worked!

  24. jen says:

    look at how you’ve brought all of us into the tech world. :)

  25. Dawna Jones says:

    I’m in my way Karen. Thanks v

  26. Liz says:

    Or maybe not…

  27. Ruth says:

    I might as well play along although I had this down pat before now… just to show that I have nothing against change. And because the ocean in the background blends so nicely with ‘islander-ness’. :D

  28. Ashley W says:

    Karen, I only discovered your super-blog a couple of weeks ago, but have been blissfully enthralled ever since. My photo, thanks to your ever helpful instruction, is of me and my Ma making my Grandma’s homemade donut recipe! And no, I will not share…ok maybe if you ask nicely. I did make your sweet potato fries the other night! yummy!

  29. Hattie says:

    testies testies 1,2,3???

  30. Shirley says:

    Only you, Karen, would think to recycle a live chipmunk into a Mohawk haircut. Honestly, your ingenuity knows no bounds!
    P.S. You’re right — it was ridiculously easy to create my own avatar, even for a Luddite like me! I’m going to have a lot of fun with Google Images until the day somebody, somehow finally takes a good picture of me. I wish they’d hurry up though … at 65 I’m afraid I may already have peaked.

  31. Debbie Neal says:

    Karen, I went to the site and there was nothing there. It said that domain was available.

  32. Shannon V. says:

    Thanks for the tute. I have always wondered how to do that.

  33. Langela says:

    I love the chipmunk photos you have! I have now added an avatar thanks to your instructions. It is a photo of me after the kids get done with me each day.

  34. Kristin says:

    I think mine is uploaded; here’s a test!

  35. Susan says:

    It’s early morning…are you sure?

  36. I’m thinking I might make my profile pic a mean and nasty candid of Nellie Olsen just to shake things up and confuse people. :)

  37. IrishJenn says:

    Okay, here goes…

  38. Beckie says:

    tada! (I hope! =) )

  39. marilyn says:

    omG half pint!well you are about the right size just not sure about the overbite and all that calico..

  40. Ann says:

    Let’s see if it worked. If it did you will see a pic of me holding a 60lb squash out of our garden a few years ago. I have always thought this pic to be a bit “odd” and thus totally appropriate for your blog!

  41. Deborah says:

    BWAHAHAHAHA! Laura Ingalls Indeed! :D Love, Love, LOVE the one of the chippy on the Fella’s head!! Heading over to Gravatar now (AGAIN), I did sign up, then promptly got busy and the 2 week period of the email activiation ended… let’s get ‘er done! (Then I will come back and post again) :)

  42. Moe says:

    Ok, gross, not much liking that one. I’ll have to fiddle with it when I have more time… thanks again.

  43. Moe says:

    Wow Karen, how cool is that? I’ve always wanted to know how to do that but just never got around to finding out. Now I know. :o)
    I’m going to have fun with that. ;o)
    Thanks for the help.

  44. Oh boy I’ve wanted to be one of the cool people for so long. Thanks Karen!

  45. Pati Gulat says:

    My picture didn’t show up… :o((((

  46. Pati Gulat says:

    Sooooooo…lemme see if this works…

  47. shawn says:

    I’m back! That was fun….and super easy! Thanks Karen! (p.s. I’m in love with your blog.)

  48. shawn says:

    FUN! (Oh, maybe I should’ve waited until I got my avatar…but I wanted to be the first to comment!)

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