The obvious answer is because you like what you are reading, or looking at, but you can’t think of anything to comment about. You just want the blog owner to know you were there. Gives you a nice, warm fluffy feeling and it gives him or her a nice, warm fluffy feeling. Ah, bless, warm fluffy feelings all round.
Of course for the more focused, intense, driven blogger, there is another reason. You want the recipient, or any other visitors to the post you ‘liked’, to click on your ‘Gravatar’; your little picture or emblem that identifies you in the blogosphere (dreadful word, should have been taken out and shot).
But what happens when you click on a Gravatar? You get something like this:
Excuse the ropey photo. Or don’t. But what I’ve noticed is that a lot of people don’t have any personal links on their Gravatar. A lot of people do, but a lot of people don’t. If it’s the latter, all you get to see is a bigger (often blurrier) version of the neat little pic you see when they ‘like’ your post, and nothing else – no way of visiting their site.
Now I’m not in to teaching people to suck eggs like their Grandma did (no, I have no idea what that means) and, as I’ve written above, many people do have ‘Personal Links’ on their Gravatars.
But for those who don’t, here’s a quick and easy way to add personal links to your Gravatar (and therefore increase the number of people who visit your site):
1. Go to your Dashboard and click on ‘Users’ in the left-hand bar
2. Click on ‘My Profile’
3. Click on the link ‘ at gravatar.com‘ right at the top:
4. Now click on ‘My Links’ on the left and you will see this:
5. All you do now is click on the ‘Link URL’ box at the bottom and paste in the website address you want – your WordPress site, Facebook, Pinterest etc. Actually come to think of it I’ve only put my WordPress site on there…
I could be missing something of course – maybe there are other ways of linking to your sites but this seems to be the most obvious reason for using a Gravatar??