Earlier this month, our family welcomed our third child into the world—Mae Juliana Darowski. We’ve been adjusting to life with a now-larger-than-normal family, but you know me. This meant I also had some online profiles to update.
Because of my anal retentiveness, I like to fill in my “About Me” section of all of my online profiles with the same text. It’s all part of the “brand”. For the last 21 months, that text had been:
A daddy of two and a User Experience Designer for BatchBlue Software.
Yep, that’s pretty much me in a nutshell, sans the baseball geekdom.
My incredibly predictable updated short bio now reads:
A daddy of three and a User Experience Designer for BatchBlue Software.
One minor difference. The problem is, I needed to make this change EVERYWHERE. Specifically:
- Darowski.com meta info, sidebar, about page, etc.
- Get Satisfaction
There’s gotta be a better way, right? I ran into this same problem when I updated my profile photo. In a couple places, I was able to simply use my updated Gravatar. That’s the holy grail right there. If you don’t know what Gravatar is, it is a service that provides “globally recognizable avatars”. Basically, you update your image. Other services, instead of asking you to upload a photo, just use your email address to fetch your image. They pull whatever size image they need. If you update your Gravatar, those sites update your image. Everyone is happy.
Many blogs use Gravatar, but the social networking sites don’t. So, that’s the first problem—lack of widespread Gravatar use.
That led me to a desire for globally recognizable bios. Ideally, this could just be part of Gravatar. You provide two bios—a short one-liner and a more expanded bio. Kind of like what I have on my About page. That way, any time I update my globally recognizable bio, my online profiles get updated.
Who’s with me?