If I were in the habit of giving advice about blogging, I’d write a blog about it. I am not in the habit of giving advice about blogging, but as a reader, there is this one thing you could do to encourage me to read your blog:
For the love of puppies, LINK YOUR GRAVATAR TO YOUR BLOG!
Your Gravatar is your profile picture, your avi, the graphic that represents you.
Here’s a photo of your Gravatars and what happens when I hover over my own:
Now and again, I make an effort to check out new visitors to my blog, and so I click the Gravatar photo that appears when people like a post. Sometimes someone likes a comment on another’s blog, and I’ll click their Gravatar and see if I might like them, too. Nine times out of ten, this takes me to a page where I can choose various ways to connect to the person behind the Gravatar.
But! sometimes, this goes nowhere.
When I click my own Gravatar, it opens this page:
Now see, there’s my blog at the bottom.
Too many of you don’t have this set up. I won’t name names, but waffle, planet, guitar — so many more. I click your Gravatar, and I get a larger version of your Gravatar with no website link.
Ah, fair enough. Maybe you don’t have a blog.
But you do. You so totally have a blog and I cannot get there without a link.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought the blogless were reading me, only to find out much, much later, it’s another blogger.
If I am really speedy about notifications, your blog will appear under your username when you like or comment, but I am not always speedy.
Go to your homepage, copy the browser window and paste it in the website section with your Gravatar. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your readership. Next time I’m in the checking-out-who-checked-me-out mode, I’ll be able to find you and read you! It will be magical!
You forgive me for taking photos of my laptop instead of screenshots. You expect this sorta willy-nilly stuff from me.
I think I’ll wipe down my laptop screen now, and maybe fill-in my eyebrows, but y’all need to check your Gravatars!