I just spent a chunk of my morning trying to enable gravatars. Hopefully I’ve got them working now, but if you see any strangeness going on (outside of the usual Bonnie strangeness) then contact me ASAP!
If you aren’t sure what a gravatar is, it’s pretty cool. You sign up at Gravatar.com, using the e-mail you usually post comments with.
Then, if you comment at a site that has enabled gravatars, your avatar shows up in the comment section next to your comment. See here:
You Blogger people already have this option for all comments made at Blogger, but there’s a whole world of non-Blogger sites that won’t accept your Blogger avatar. Gravatar.com offers you a free and easy way to get your mugshot out there in the real world!
On my site, if you haven’t registered for a gravatar, this picture will show up:
I had a few problems getting the few gravatar plugins I tried to work: activating any of them caused my entire site to throw up an error message. But this Gravatars2 plugin took off running right away, no fuss, no muss.
Also, there’s a waiting process when you sign up for a gravatar, during which Gravatar.com “rates” your gravatar (PG, R, X, etc.), so be patient. My application took two days or so to be rated.