Getting into my header

Since I’ve been maturing while my blog header has not, I’ve been thinking that soon is a good time to change it. The old headshot, or art-from-a-headshot, dates from the last Millennium, when I still wore granny glasses and had hair. And it never looked much like me in the first place. This was it:

So bear with me while I go about remodeling the 180 x 720 rectangle this WordPress theme provides for my headspace. (I’ll be playing with a number of different images, by the way; so don’t assume that any one of them is the only one, or “done.” Yet.)


  1. Joseph Ratliff’s avatar

    It has a “get off my lawn” feel. Kidding.

    Actually, it looks good Doc, clean and professional.

  2. AKMA’s avatar

    The sad thing about template-based design is that when the template changes, the archives change too — and the old wire-framed guy with hair disappears, even though he’s a pivotal memory from good ol’ days on the Web.

  3. Chip’s avatar

    I was just looking at the old image before hitting “refresh” … thinking, hasn’t he slimmed down a bit ?

    Then shazam

    But I miss that grin: connoting, joy, “guess what I just learned”, tolerance and curiosity

    Still on Route 66, but busier than ever

  4. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Thanks, Chip. As I say above, there are a variety of images I can use. (Or even rotate.) The feedback is good, though. Thanks!

  5. Pamela Weir-Quiton’s avatar

    I am the wife of the guy who did the ipad eSketches of Doc, and I am responsible for “setting the intent” of these ethereal, mercurial moments – so I am following your process of adapting the sketches to your needs, and also that of your readers, who are used to the old/young image.
    I have 2 comments –

    Joseph, your “get off my lawn” comment reminded me of an article I read about an Orange County plastic surgeon who said, ” I don’t try to make them look younger, I just try to make them look not angry.” And as I age, I notice that if I’m not consciously smiling, I look like I’m angry.

    So I’m thinking, the next time we see an older person who looks angry, we should smile and see if we don’t get a smile back. They’re not angry – they just look angry!!

    Chip, do you know how almost impossible it is to hold that moment of wonder, while being sketched live?? And how rare it is to be able to capture that moment? Because to draw from a photograph doesn’t do it.

    I love all 3 sketches of you and your telescope & I think they capture you that day – and perhaps if all the planets align again, perhaps we can do it again, and we will focus on smiling and being full of wonder!!! Thanks for the feedback guys, it helps to know how to tweak it. Life is a process – good luck, Doc!!

  6. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Thanks, Pamela.

    As a photographer I think often about moments. Here’s a story that illustrates the art of moment-capture.

    Recently I got an iPhone 5s, which does something called “burst mode” with the camera. Hold down the button and it will shoot a rapid-fire series of shots. You (or the camera) pick the best one. What I found was that my fantasy about this — being able to bracket a shot in time — deprecated my long-honed skill at capturing exact moments in a photo. Worse, it gave me lots of bad shots to kill off in the editing process. So I don’t use it.

    As for the blog here, I currently like the one above best. I plan to add the telescope to the other side of the header as well.

  7. Joseph Ratliff’s avatar

    I LOVE the current header (you, reading a book). Good stuff.

  8. David Williams’s avatar

    I love the new picture — I’ll miss the old one … what was it before this last one? When had my home made blog post 9-11 on geocities?

  9. Doc Searls’s avatar

    David, the original of my old blog picture can be found anywhere in the old blog, which still lives at The headshot is taken from the picture here, shot at Rick Levine’s house in the summer of 1999.

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