Go Get A Blavatar

Today’s post is dedicated to Chuck Norris: the man, the myth, the legend, and the star in our demo of a brand-new feature: Blavatars.

“What-atars?” you say. Blavatars! Blog + avatars.

As the incomparable Nikolay explains in the video below, your blavatar automatically becomes your favicon: the little icon that displays next to your blog’s URL in a browser’s web address bar. It’ll also show up next to your pingbacks in the comments section of other blogs.

To get a blavatar for your blog, just go to Settings in your dashboard and upload an image as your Blog Picture. After you upload, you can crop as you like. Save and you’re all set.


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  1. donaldconrad

    Blavatar – sounds like an arch enemy of Speed Racer.

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  2. anggara

    thank you, nice work

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  3. spiriteddona

    IF–I ONLY KNEW IF A BLAVATAR WAS RIGHT OR WRONG!
    IF LOVIN’ YOU IS WRONG WP– I DON ‘T WANNA BE RIGHT! WINK1

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  4. van Nistelrooy

    Good job! Thanks.

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  5. Martin Banana

    wow great!!! awesome

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  6. Max

    Something for me to play around in GIMP again. Very simple but good change to have.

    Blavatar… interesting word to coin there.

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  7. lewp

    It won’t let me crop for some reason. Very frustrating.

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  8. Rolii

    So I went and got my “blavatar” and I was just wondering if it would show in comments like this one…

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  9. markusantoine

    OMG i got my so called “Blavatar” centuries ago hahaha… thanks anyway wordpress hot girl!

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    • Heather

      Blavatars and avatars aren’t the same. Please see my comment above for an explanation of the differences between the two. Also: you’re welcome 🙂

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  10. rubymein

    Thanks for sharing the link. This one is great and awesome.

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  11. brenjamin

    Wasn’t there always these?

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  12. joanne

    This is absolutely awesome!! I want to have my own favicon forever and you just made my dream comes true! You guys are the best!

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  13. SUR

    Thank’s. Now i have a favicon 😆

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  14. Heather

    Sweet.

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  15. Natasha

    Very cool! I love these neat little details.

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  16. njgarrod

    I don’t understand what’s different from just having an avatar.

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  18. trevisan

    How great if I could watch the movie! Unfortunately, my ADSL is too slow. Any time you present a new feature, a text explanation would be much appreciated

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  19. Ron

    Lessee if this works.

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  20. p4ndu_454kura®

    You guys surely know how to please us. Thanks to you, guys…!!! 😀

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  21. storyteller550

    No, wait, now I’m actually confused… isn’t this the same image you upload as “my picture” which says it’s your avatar under “users”? and if they’re not the same, which one rules over the other? and when does the favicon become active??? Does the favicon work with normal pictures?

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    • Heather

      Blavatars and avatars are not the same. Your avatar appears with comments and in the Authors widget and is uploaded under My Account > Edit Profile. Blavatars appears as your favicon and in pingbacks. Images uploaded should appear right away. If they don’t, contact support.

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  22. Sathya

    nice feature. But since the Favicon is restricted in the display size, would like to have a different image for my favicon as compared to the images in comments on profile !

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  23. manfredadema

    Looks good!

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  25. daRONN

    Sweet! Finally a favicon for my wordpress blog 😀

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  26. chanux

    OH god this so so cool.

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  27. missesparker

    This is so cool. Now I can really feel like I have a site of my own!Thanks a lot!

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  28. ElectroescadaS

    This is great and if i can make one of my own is better. :mrgreen:

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  29. beyondbluestockings

    Oh, please invent something else new so I can hear that man chat about it. What a cool voice! 😀

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  31. Hoechstetter Interiors

    Just checking this out to see if the image shows up.

    Wendy

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  32. punkshiit

    This is cool, I like the feature.
    ThanksThanks for adding this feature.!

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  33. punkshiit

    ok
    i am trying now…..

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  34. littlehelpers

    Oh life and blogging can be so colorful… Simply had to try it..

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  35. Team

    eventually wordpress will become the greatest blogging service ever. Keep it up guys
    (next maybe support some “alternative” to java/flash/iframes/marquee – been hunting for these for a while)

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  37. Chi

    thank you! this is a nifty feature – very streamlined and competitive with other free blog spaces, like Tumblr.

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  38. zainmujahid

    thank’s

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  39. Mary Jane

    my blavatar is looking good. 🙂

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  40. thepseudoscientist

    Blavatar. This word sounds like some sort of dwarven battle cry. Brilliant coinage.

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  41. Ron

    Can you tell me what the actual cropped size of a blavatar is, please? A resize function would be good (if the image was square), but failing that I’d prefer to resize an image in Photoshop, as a crop won’t give me the result I want. Thanks. Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing – I’m not going to wind up with a 4GB, postage-stamp sized image!

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  42. Abrazador

    I thought it had to do with an image in motion…
    😦

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  43. Matt A.

    That’s interesting, but I agree with Tristan Strangebrew. Couldn’t you have found a non-bigot to use as your example?

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  44. Ron

    OK – solved my problem and created my blavatar. Hasn’t appeared yet, but I live in hope – I really must get out more!

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  45. Real Live Theater

    People, there are people out there! It’s nice to see faces.

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  46. crouchk

    Cool another way to smear the web with clichés.

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  47. asupremenewyorkthing

    Whoa, this is getting better and better, oh man, I’ve been waiting for this forever! oh, and something something Heather is great, blah blah

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  49. vas63

    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!

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  50. cdessi

    Word.

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  51. mccoolstuff

    Solid.

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  52. tatasoka

    Cool, but I think it should be two images. One for the favicon and other to the avatar.

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  54. Heather

    I, too, am having difficulties with it letting me crop. The crop box stays up at the very top of the screen and won’t move down over top of the picture. 😦

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  55. 火影 千手 Jeremiah

    What was that? A memorial to Chuck Norris? Swayze pwnd Norris like a year ago. The Swayze (AKA Captain Planet) has taken over as the true leader of world awesomeness!

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  56. chaiguy1337

    YEEHAW! Favicons!

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  57. chaiguy1337

    Hmm I uploaded a 16×16 pix 24-bit png with transparency and the semi-transparent area is simply missing (transparent). Still, it’s better than nothing. 😛

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  58. custombladeworks

    Perfect idea !!!! Thanks

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  59. clintonskakun

    Sweet. I didn’t know there were a name for blog avatars. Sweeett.

    I guess we need the word Twitvatars also.

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  60. opower95

    I AM CHUCK NORRIS so I can’t say cool but I will stare for a bit.

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  61. chinameca

    what a funny/interesting voice/accent !
    Go Blavatar!

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  62. ian in hamburg

    Really smooth roll-out, I must say! The Blavatar loaded cleanly and shows up everywhere I post or comment. Great job.

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  63. supledeportivo

    ok lets do it!

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  64. atakcorp

    And my Blavatar it’s a Smiling Devil! And my blog talk about a girl and she’s voodoo Doll
    Totaly Non sense…

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  65. piratesparty

    thank you – good job! we’ll try it out.

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  66. caffeinefiend

    Impressive! Thanks guys….again.

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  67. Phil Sexton

    I like it! Thanks for adding this.

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  68. tadeokk

    Ohhh my god. You don’t know how I was waiting that to come. Thanks WordPress!! You Rock!!

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  69. Yonatan Prasdikatama

    Nice work. 🙂

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  70. Michel

    Sweet, thanks for this WordPress!
    innovations like these is what keeps me with wp, keep them up!

    i added a blavatar of me on my blog

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  73. tlongenecker

    excellent choice of a word!!! It’s got my vote for Webster’s 09′ dictionary!

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  74. that girl again

    Wouldn’t it have been more efficient to explain the distinction between gravatars and blavatars in the post itself, rather than in comments? You could also have explained why you decided to make people upload their images over again rather than simply applying prexisting avatars to pingbacks and favicons; probably technical, probably boring, but I can’t be the only one who’s curious. And (optionally) who decided that ‘blavatar’ was a good name and what they were smoking beforehand. It’s like you want me to write a post called ‘blahvatars’.

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  75. typhoonandrew

    very nice! cool to see tweaks and changes in the wild.

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  76. sydneyloo88rulz

    that looks AWESOME!! i am soo getting it! Thank you wordpress your so cool!

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  77. chaiguy1337

    This is great stuff. Just wanted to say thanks for listening to the peeps; I myself was one who screamed for this feature. This is really going to change WordPress. I can’t wait to see my favourite blogs showing up with proper favicons now. 🙂

    P.S.
    Eliminating the transparency did the trick, though it would have been nice to have alpha in the favicon. Nevertheless, I’m delighted. 🙂

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  78. tatasoka

    Hm, now I understud.

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  79. Debbie Ball

    Ultra cool….Wordpress you ROCK!!

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  80. Srikanth Srinivasan

    This is so special to me. I was thinking of getting a domain space up and host my own site, primarily to have a custom favicon, instead of domain mapping. Ownage, WordPress…

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  81. Srikanth Srinivasan

    As soon as I uploaded the image and cropped it, it said upload was successful and the favicon would be appearing soon. An idea how long does it take to take effect?

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  83. Su

    Amazing!! that was one thing which added more fun, frolic and color to blogging! 🙂

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  84. nonnie9999

    thanks for the blavatars, but chuck norris? really? i thought he and mike huckabee ran away together, never to bother us again. 😉

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  85. Heidi

    Nice work, thank you for adding this feature!

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  86. Gerrit Eicker

    Nice. Looking forward to see my new Blavatar on this page. 😉

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  87. Chris Dowsett

    I love you wordpress. This is just another reason why I’d like you to have my babies.

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  89. hoh

    who the bleep is chuck norris? has this person just died?
    and what’s the diff between an avitar and the blar one?!
    grrrr!

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  91. ElectroescadaS

    Now that i see the video i start to think that is not the same thing i imagine. I imagine an image that i can put in my blog to people who aswer my questions in blog without a graphic image… :mrgreen:

    Oh well

    Maybe another time… 😉

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  92. y2y4

    HI THERE! WHY IT’S TRUE THAT I APPRECIATE BLAVATARS ON MY SCREEN HOWEVER, I WOULD WANT TO SEE MORE WELL-DESIGN ONE FOR THE BLOG. IF SAYING IT IS WRONG THEN FORGIVE ME.

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  95. mrpbody33

    Awesome!

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  96. bigcrow

    o.O
    Hm… It’s a Great thing. I’ll hame my own favicon and my identity 🙂
    Cool )

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  98. agirs

    Neat 🙂

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  99. alexkaplandoc

    Is it a blog+avatar or blah-blah+avatar = blavatar? 🙂

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  100. PiedType

    I’ve wanted a favicon forever. Thank you! 🙂

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