If you work at something long enough, eventually you’ll find a work around what “can’t be done.” Today I challenged myself to finding a solution to the Gravatar image problem I’ve had. The problem: keep the Gravatar image of my book cover while adding a photo of me to my blog.
Why, you may ask, would I want to bother doing that? For two simple reasons: 1) I like using the book cover as a Gravatar because it’s great marketing on Facebook when I link my blog post to my “thought” and 2) it’s super important to put a face with a blog (and everything else) for a writer (see update #2).
After a lot of hunting (and a major headache :P) I finally had a solution. Get a Flickr account, upload my author photo to it, link it to my sidebar Flickr widget and — voila! — instant author photo for my blog. In the future I may have to rethink this approach, but by then I hope to have a better web presence.
All that work is just another way to show just how creative Independent Authors can be on The Road to Writing.
Update: You have to make sure to choose the image you want displayed before you post your “thought” on Facebook.
Update: After doing a lot more learning about the best ways to use social media as a marketing tool, I’ve decided it’s better to brand my name and image rather than my book cover (which would mean re-branding myself with each new book. Ugh!). Instead I’ve included pictures of my book covers on flickr and changed my Gravatar image back to my author photo. The technique is still the same, I’ve just chosen a better use for it.