No more blank default avatar
Since I’ve been blogging and leaving comments on other blogs, I’ve noticed I didn’t have an avatar. An avatar is a person’s online alter ego that is represented by an icon. While other bloggers used a photo of themselves, a symbol or something else unique, the default picture that showed up with my comments was a generic blank face. BORING!
Well, I got tired of that boring blank face and decided it was time to choose my own avatar.
My first step was to visit Barbara at Blogging Without A Blog, because her posts are helpful when it comes to a new blogging activity. Sure enough I found a great post, How To Get and/or Add A Gravatar To Your Post Comments, which had excellent and clear instructions.
Unfortunately, the only instruction she couldn’t give me was which avatar to choose.
I started searching the site she recommended as well as different sites advertising FREE AVATARS, but nothing felt right. I tried to create my own, without much success. Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t use one of those!
Then I realized I was going about this the wrong way. While watching a friend’s daughter play dress-up, I asked her who she was. She told me she was a doctor, specifically a cardiac specialist! My first thought was that things have really changed since I played dress-up! Then I realized this young girl was pretending to be the person she wanted to become.
And it hit me; this is what I needed to do to find my avatar. If the avatar was going to represent me, I needed to pick one that expressed who I wanted to become.
I spent some time thinking about this. What did I want my avatar to say about me? I wrote down some words reflecting the person I wanted to become. They included intuitive, healing, open-hearted, caring, and compassionate.
When I went back to my search, I used these words to guide me and let the avatars speak to me. I returned to the site Barbara recommended, www.allavatars.com. While I had previously searched this site without success, this time I quickly found THE ONE.
She’s called Tree that grows hearts and I absolutely love her name and her picture. The illustrator, kyrn, has created quite a few avatars all of which are beautiful, but this one felt right for me!
The rest of the process was easy. Now when I leave a comment, I see my avatar and think about how much I like being the Tree that grows hearts.
Thank you kyrn for your beautiful illustration!