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.
Or, 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.
The 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.
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.
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.