A few folks have asked me how do they get a picture of themselves beside their comments. Well the short answer is you need to create a profile. It will ask you what the name of your blog is but you can choose to have a profile just for commenting. You don’t have to have a blog of your own.
The first step is to find a picture you want to represent you. Make sure it isn’t a huge picture as these take longer to load and it is such a small picture on the blog anyhow that you don’t need a big one.
The second step is to go to WordPress.com. From the home page select sign up. This will take you to a page that says “Get your own WordPress.com account in seconds.” This page is for those of you that want to start your own blogs. On the right hand side of the page is another link called “If you don’t want a blog you can signup for just a username.” Click this and you will end up at another sign up page. Enter your SL user name or some variation of it, add your password and email address and then click the “Sign Up” button.
An email will be sent to you. Follow the instructions and you will now have an active account. When you have logged in at the top right hand corner of the WordPress window you will see your account name. Hover your mouse over that and it will give you the option to “Edit My Profile.” Follow this link and it will take you to your profile page. Fill this out as you see fit. On the right hand side of the window you will see a “Current Gravatar” (Globally Recognized Avatar) window. Under it is a “Change Gravatar” link. This takes you to a page where you can choose a number of options for choosing a Gravatar image. Use the “Upload a new image from your computer” url and it will take you to a page where you can browse your computer for the file you picked out earlier. Upload it and you are done.
You will now be globally recognised.