In response to the previous post, Grannymar invited me to play with her Gravatar. In my opinion, the picture is fine. Perhaps the contrast could be improved, though.
Until one thinks about it, one can easily overlook how much of an impression is formed and maintained based purely on the avatar of a blogger. That makes it, actually, a most important aspect of a blog. To illustrate this, it is interesting to note the subtle differences in perception which come across in just four variations of the one shown.
No 1 is the existing Gravatar. Number 2 is an Autocorrect version with the background removed. Number 3 is just the Autocorrect version. Number 4 has the contrast stepped up even more.
To me, Number 3 is ideal. The detail comes out more, but not overwhelmingly, while keeping that background gives an instantly-recognisable feature in the diagonal stripe, which will stand out distinctively even in the smallest formats.
Do you agree? Much Better Half tends to fancy the bold effect of Number 4.