TPT Borsalino on Cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images

I must be PSYCHIC. No sooner did the virtual ink dry on this post then Cheri Lucas of WordPress sends out a note about all of the new changes afoot at WP HQ to enhance our blogs, A Week of Responsive Themes.

I swear, I do not read minds nor am I involved in corporate espionage. I’m innocent, I tell you. INNOCENT!

Anyway, back to the present space-time continuum.

I’ve noticed that a lot of my fellow bloggers changed their WP themes with the start of the new year. At first, when I arrived at their sites for new posts I thought I was lost, but then I quickly realized that I’d been to these addresses before.

Not unlike redecorating your home or apartment, our individual WP themes (our blog homes/apartments) deserve a new coat of paint now and then, too; or, maybe the furniture just needs to be rearranged. Like, moving those end tables out a bit, and hanging a painting up over there and taking down the moose head over there.

Kitchen Nightmares | ©Twentieth Century Fox TelevisionOr, you could just call Ty Pennington of TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and have him tell you to your face, with his trademark megaphone blasting, that you need to throw everything out and start all over again. MOVE THAT BUS! I would’ve recommended Gordon Ramsey of Kitchen Nightmares, but he YELLS!

Now, I’m perfectly happy with my WP Triton Lite theme and have grown accustomed to its virtual skin. It has all the features that I need and works just fine for me. Plus, I’ve got six more months to go on my “lease” before WP comes calling to ask if I want to renew for another year.

TPT license plate | ©Tom Palladio ImagesThe Triton Lite theme is a keeper, but I would like to interject a little more of The Palladian Traveler’s personality to the template to attract a bit more attention — views, likes, comments, followers, etc. (wink-wink). To that end, I recently updated my HEADER photo. Like it?

I know you don’t judge a book by its cover, but a little twinking here and there, subtle changes on the outside, can’t hurt to draw attention to your blog and bring a few more eyeballs into the tent to sample your wares.

Updating your brand now and then certainly can’t hurt to keep things fresh and, most importantly, keep you, the author, and your creative juices flowing. After all, lot’s of us probably spend an inordinate amount of time — more than we should, actually — behind the computer, staring at that screen working on our content.

The Palladian Traveler - reflection logoLook, the weather outside changes pretty much daily, so why can’t our individual, 16×9 virtual worlds change frequently, too?

If you’ve read my ABOUT page then you know that I swapped out my hometown St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap in the USofA for a Borsalino, which is way more fashionable here in fashion-crazed Bella Italia, where even your underwear has to be color coordinated!

After recent surgery to remove a questionable blemish on my upper forehead (I’m fine. Thanks for asking!), I now really do wear a Borsalino on my noggin’. I’m not claiming that I could give Borsalino HEADliner Alain Delon a run for his money — or outrun the repeated rat-a-tat-tats coming from his “Chicago typewriter” — but I do admit that I enjoy wearing that hat wherever I go, even while I write. It inspires me. And, as part of my “extreme makeover” I plan to stamp each and every new post with my Borsalino badge, starting with this one.

TPT Borsalino on CU Cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino lt. brown | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino lt. green | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino lt. blue | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT Borsalino burgundy | ©Tom Palladio Images Borsalino-alain-delon-7894778-800-600 TPT Borsalino on Venetian | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino lt green | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT Borsalino black | ©Tom Plalladio Images TPT Borsalino burnt | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino lt. purple | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino on wet pavement | ©Tom Palladio Images

TPT Borsalino dk green | ©Tom Palladio Images TPT Borsalino on Cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images Slide1 TPT Borsalino bronze | ©Tom Palladio Images

Question is, which badge do I choose? What do you think? Drop me a note and let me know. And, feel free to copy the URL address from any one of the colorful TPT Borsalino badges above — sans Alain Delon — and then create an image WIDGET and post it somewhere on your blog’s homepage. That way we can all virtually meander along the cobblestone together sporting a brand new, cool and stylish look.

If these subtle additions to my blog don’t take, then maybe I’ll head back to the drawing board, or call Ty Pennington for advice or go searching through WP’s 220+ Theme Showcase for a replacement. On second thought, maybe I’ll just contact Alain Delon. He’ll know what to do.

Ciao for now.

TPT Borsalino gold | ©Tom Palladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

28 comments

  1. I really like your blog theme – it has class. And the Borsalino that seems to match best is the one on cobblestones. Right? I recently changed mine because I wanted a theme that allowed my posts to fill up more of the screen. I hope I didn’t throw you too much – I don’t want you to feel lost when you visit me. Great post!

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  2. Glad to know I am not the only one who felt the urge to try a New Year’s shake-up of sorts. Sleep..? Who needs it when there are background shadings to change around 500 times?! And for all of the lost sleep, I wound up with only a slightly altered header to show for it.

    For what it’s worth, I love your theme (and content!) and agree with the comments above…the cobblestone-hat!

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  3. I’m with the cobblestones – or is that cobbleques? – too. Although you may need to swap that Borsolino for a fetching panama come the summer months?

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  4. Alain Delon was one of my fave French actors, so handsome and gifted! The Borsalino looks very much like our famed Akubra, only the Borsalino seems much more refined and classy, just like your blog theme. I think a different hat for each different post on a rotational basis would be the way to make us sit up and take note. Now, as to the header image, I think a re-think is in order! Lovely post. 🙂

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    1. Janina – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Funny, I do have an Akubra-like hat, as well as the Borsalino, in my closet. It’s a Stetson, and looks sort of Indiana Jones-ish. About my header — the backend of an antique Italian car — it would help to understand the license plate to understand the reason why I updated the look. VI stands for Vicenza, where I live; 01 represents the first car licensed; and, TPT for The Palladian Traveler. I’ll probably keep it up there, or rotate it around with others I have used — like your fine suggestion on the hat motif. Thanks again. G’day!

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      1. It’s always great to find a hat that suits and gives one a certain style, shall we say! The header — I now understand. Look forward to whatever rotations happen! And, please, don’t use that G’day business again with me….it is so ocker, and I’m not an ocker….okay!! I’m a refined lady….LOL. 😉

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  5. I stayed with the same theme, but recently overhauled my blog. I like doing it, but must control doing it too often. Thanks for visiting an liking my stair post. They might be fancy and called cobblestones just for fun.

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