Fix Your Gravatar

Do you see this handsome guy above? That’s me, Fandango. Well, he’s actually my Gravatar. My what? My Gravatar. What is a Gravatar, you ask? Great question. A Gravatar is an image and public profile that follows you from site to site when you do things like comment or post on a blog.

Most of you have one. You probably created it when you first set up your blog. It shows up on your site. It shows up in the WordPress Reader, too.Do you see all those little images to the left of each notification in my Reader? Those are your Gravatars. If your Gravatar is correctly linked to your blog, when someone clicks on your Gravatar, it will magically transport them to your blog.

But if you have changed the address (URL) of your blog, or started a new blog since you first started blogging on WordPress and you didn’t also update your Gravatar’s link to your new blog address or to your new blog, clicking on that Gravatar will not link anyone to your current blog. It may lead them to a deleted blog, an inactive blog, or to one you haven’t used in years. And that can be very frustrating to a reader who is looking for you.

The good news is that it’s easy to make sure your Gravatar is pointing to your current blog. Just go to your profile, check the “Profile links,” and verify that it’s pointing to the correct blog.You’re welcome.

Silent Night

“Jake,” Sandra said, “you keep waking me up throughout the night with your snoring. Sometimes you snort so loud that it gives me quite a fright. I need my sleep, Jake, so please, you need to figure out a way to refrain yourself.”

“Refrain myself?” Jake said. “How the hell am I supposed to do that? It’s not like I’m doing it intentionally. I’m not even aware of it, and yet here you are trying to vilify me over something I can’t control.”

“There are sleep specialists who can help you with your snoring, Jake,” Sandra said. “You can go see one. They have these machines that are supposed to combat sleep apnea.”

“There’s no way I’m going to hook myself up to some bulky machine,” Jake said. “Just deal with it, dammit.”

“I’ve tried, Jake,” Sandra said, “but I’m exhausted, Your snoring is keeping me up all night and I’m sorry but I’ve had it. So if you won’t go to a doctor and consider looking into those machines, you’re going to have to sleep from now on in the guest bedroom.”

Jake shook his head. “That’s not going to happen, Sandra.”

“Well, consider your options, Jake,” Sandra said. “You can stay in our bedroom if you get one of those machines or you can sleep in the guest room. But if you insist on doing neither, you are risking that, in order to finally get a silent night, I might have to suffocate you with my pillow.”

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (snort), Ragtag Daily Prompt (fright), The Daily Spur (sleep), Your Daily Word Prompt (refrain), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vilify).

One-Liner Wednesday — There’s No Vaccine for Stupidity

“A majority of all demographic groups now say that they are likely to get vaccinated for COVID-19 — except for white Republicans.”

According to a survey by Civiqs, an online polling company, only 33% of Republicans said they will definitely get vaccinated.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #113

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is simple.

Have you gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 yet? If not, are you planning to? If you have, or are planning to, how do you think your life will change afterwards? If you’re not planning to get vaccinated, why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Vilify

FOWCWelcome to March 17, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “vilify.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.