Gravatar – Its importance and purpose?

Blogging Insights

Dr. Tanya is back after her short hiatus and this week she has asked us;


How important is your Gravatar to your blogging personna?

Your Gravatar(globally recognised avatar), that little image that accompanies your posts, likes, comments etc is like your calling card. It announces you to the virtual world


Before reading today’s question, I thought that an Avatar is the same as a Gravatar!

Though I don’t have an official Gavatar for my blog, my display picture can be considered my Avatar/Gravatar.

I don’t think that whatever image accompanies my name on WordPress is as important as the words I write. I did put my real picture in my blog a couple of years ago ( I think) but even before that when it was a Memoji ( a customized emoji that looked a bit like me), it didn’t make much of a difference to how people interacted with me on my blog.

There are many bloggers that I interact with on a daily basis who haven’t put a picture of themselves on their blogs. I know them through their writing and thoughts. And that is enough for me! We all are here to express ourselves through our words and it doesn’t matters to most of us what the other person looks like.

Besides, it’s a bit risky these days to give out too much information about oneself in the digital world. So even if someone doesn’t display their real picture, I think it’s fine. As long as they project their true identity through their words and thoughts.

What are your views about displaying your avatar/Gravatar on your blog?

Written for Blogging Insights 3.0 # 5, hosted by Tanya



Spectacular night sky

Respond to this Friday Faithfuls challenge by writing anything about outer space, or you can go with anything else that you think fits.


It’s awe inspiring

Beyond our understanding

The sky glittering with stars

Or perhaps planets or satellites

I must confess the truth here

I am quite uninformed about them

When I look up on a clear night sky

I cannot identify the planets or constellations

In naive wonder I look up and just admire

The glittering, glimmering beauty of this display


from our street on the night of 24th, crescent moon with Venus
The outline of the moon is visible too.

Written for spectacular solar system smile, hosted by Jim for MLMM




Weekly Q and A from Rory

Rory has posed a few questions this week;

Is the WHY to everything important?

Not to everything! Some things we have to accept as they are. For the rest, we should ask why so that we gain more knowledge.

What would you list as your Top Five Fun Things?

Spending time with family and grandchildren


Going out with friends

Catching a good movie with family or friends

Reading my favorite author

Should we care about the dreams of others or only our own?

Dreams as in ambitions and aspirations; yes we should otherwise we will develop into selfish people. One shouldn’t sacrifice one own dream for others at the same time.

How well do you deal with criticism from others?

If it’s coming from a well-wisher, I’ll listen with an open mind ( reluctantly!) and try to see its truth. The rest I pretend to listen to, but really am ignoring it.

Do you say YES or NO more often, and which is it?

I’m the one saying YES most of the time. I guess if you are born a people pleaser, you find it hard to break the habit.

What is nose hair for?

To stop the mosquitoes and flies from entering your nose and killing you.

What is the funniest comment you have ever received?

Can’t recall offhand! But grandkids are usually coming up with hilarious one-liners 😂

Novels or Netflix?

Blogs! And sometimes novels.

Do good things come to those who wait?

They do, but it’s all transient. Nothing is permanent in life and good and bad alternate till it’s time for the final curtain call.

Thank you Rory for these fun questions.



Comforting Tranquility

How would you define comfort?

For me, comfort is when I am at peace within myself. Comfort may be physical comfort or mental comfort. But peace is an integral element of it.

Under what circumstances do you seek and/or give comfort?

When I am upset because of something that happened, something that someone said, or a remark that I made that was taken the wrong way, I get a feeling of letting people down. At times like that I need to discuss my point of view with someone close to me who understands me and can give good advice.

The sound of my father’s voice always brought me comfort. Is there a voice that beings you comfort?

Being able to share my thoughts with my late father always was comforting. Now that he is no more, I turn to my husband and close friends to share my feelings. But most of all, I turn to Allah ( God) and share the reason for my disquiet. Never have I been disappointed when I asked God for help and guidance.

Do you have a favorite comfort food?

Usually a cup of hot coffee would do the trick.

What person, animal, place, or thing makes you feel comforted?

I grew up in a time when there were no huggable stuffies, no comforting blankies, or any special toy that held comfort for me. So it was the comforting presence of my father that gave me solace.


Written in response to Tranquil Thursday # 8- Comfort, hosted by Maggie



Brightness greets my day

California blooming like crazy after months of non-stop rains. Even deserts are covered with juicy bright flowers. The photo was made on Diamond Valley Lake in 2017
photo by Sergey Shmidt

Being cooped up inside all day, writing that was part of my job, gave me the desire to venture out in nature, to enjoy the sunny day, and think deep thoughts.

So I informed my boss that I had an errand to run and during my lunch break, I grabbed a sandwich from the deli across the street and headed towards the park near my office.

The sight of intense blue sky and golden flowers swaying in the spring breeze acted like a tonic on my tired brain and boosted my wilting mood, adding a zing to my step and a lightness to my step; this walk was just what I needed.


In response to TLT, hosted by Sonya



Reblog; Enjoy David’s response to WDYS # 179; Breathe deeply, or: Better self — The Skeptic’s Kaddish 🇮🇱

A ‘Waltz Wave’ in moments of upset, I remind myself to reach up with my mind’s hand for the bright halo ~ my better self; and breathe steadily as I stretch up for it What do you see #179 For WDYS #179, Sadje offers us this computer-generated image by Axel Ruffini (Unsplash) of a multicolored […]

Breathe deeply, or: Better self — The Skeptic’s Kaddish 🇮🇱

Reblog; Enjoy Punam’s response to WDYS # 179; Tathastu* (so be it) — paeansunpluggedblog

When the razzle and dazzle of technology beckonsbedazzled, impressionables easily succumbthe insidious reach of mass hypnotic weaponscuts real deep making dumber the dumb a few conniving to control the minds of millionstreat them as fodder, as their moronic minionswho happily lap the tripe served, asking for more of itif as a result, autocracy thrives, so […]

Tathastu* (so be it) — paeansunpluggedblog

What do you see # 179- March 27, 2024

Welcome back to another WDYS prompt


  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • There are issues with pingbacks in WordPress these days. So please paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

Please tag your responses with




Does this picture inspire you to write something?

Image Credit; Axel Ruffini @ Unsplash

For the visually challenged reader, this image shows a multicolored metallic hand which is encircled by a golden ring. This probably is a computer generated image.

Waiting eagerly for your responses.

Thanking you all for joining this prompt.




WDYS # 178 -A Roundup post

The majestic nature shows us so many sides

The clouds floating in the sky looking like snowflakes

Sometimes it’s a horse galloping away to the east

Or a bunny hopping, among a garden of wooly plants

Sometimes I see a threatening funnel of gray domination

Marching menacingly to wreck havoc upon the unsuspecting

It gives me pleasure to imagine different shapes in the clouds

Pareidolia, the perception of recognizing shapes in the abstract


Awesome entries again this week in response to this image. Please click on the links to read the contributions of our lovely participants.

Punam; Uneasy calm

Kittysverses; Born from flaming rage

Maria; A great passion

Sangeetha; She lies- free verse

David; Egads! Or the king of the mountains

Aboli; Nimbostratus

Keith; The storm

Ken; Tranquil reflections of anger

Lady sighs; Angry clouds

The novel reader; What do you see?

Nichole; Tales of clouds

Jim; Belly of the beast

Susi; Angry skies

My vivid blog; Reflections

Angela; What do you see?

Jules; Longing for our normal

Di; Cuts through the heart

Diana; Healing

Pankaj; Conversing with a nimbostratus cloud during a sunset

Michnavs; A dash of gray, a sprinkle of blue and a handful of red

Destiny; #Fragments#

Indira; Nimbostratus

Reena; Passing through

Suzette; Breath

Sweeter than nothing; Doom approaches

Piper’s adventure; Inner light in the storm

Little ponderings; The fire inside

Sandy; Not apocalypse now

Audrine; The scent of eternity

Grace; Warning

Inkdrop; Volcanic skies

Jude; Inner storms

Tuba; Beauty in the dark

Elizabeth; Regrets

Nichole Smith; WDYS

Lesley; Nimbostratus; Knight of nature’s wrath

Rockstar girl; Where are we right now?

Eugenia; what was not what is

Usha; What do you see # 178

Jane; Awakens

Pamelap; Engulfed

I am grateful to all those who have read, shared and commented on these posts.

I will be posting next week’s challenge on Monday at 12:00 pm, PKT.

Thanks for reading.