Friday, July 9, 2010


My daughter was telling me that you have about 7 seconds to make a good first impression and capture your ‘victim’s’ attention. With statistics like that, is it any wonder that TV and news shows hop around so much? Being magnanimous (or challenged) as I am, I usually give people a minute or two before I start making judgments about them. Ok, I am pulling your leg just a little – the clock actually starts at about 30 seconds.

The point is, until people spend more quality time with you, or the ‘stink’ has cleared,(whichever comes first), the very first thing you present to the world is likely how you’ll be remembered. Thus enter my new blog masthead. I know, it actually says NOTHING differently than before. But in reality, hopefully the new banner DOES provide a more representative first impression of my typical blog posts.

So if you are thinking this blog is now ‘bigger, bolder, and more bewildered – well all of those adjectives could probably fit the BILL. I’m usually all of those things at least once during the day, so as long as my writing veers away from the generic and mundane, I will be happy with THAT lasting, first impression.

As for the photo – ok give me a break it was late and like my profile picture, most of the time people only take pictures of me when weird stuff is stuck to my big fat face or I’m in a police line-up. I can’t help it if the camera has 20:20 vision. (adds 20 pounds and 20 years of age). I’ll eventually find a better snap to enhance your NEXT first impression of me. That will be the photo where I weigh 20 lbs less, have a bounty of brown hair AGAIN, and sadly still blissfully bewildered.


  1. Looks good, Billy.

    I continue to produce "photo heavy" posts that take longer than 7 seconds for the page to load. Still, I have regular readers who suffer through. Bless their hearts.

    Happy Weekend!

  2. I dig it. Looks like one of them professional jobs to me.

  3. Oooh, I love your big fat header. :)

  4. I've seen Pat's 'Back Porch Musings' blog.
    She shouldn't apologize for her photos. Or her painted work either. Everything she does is artistic and a joy to see.
    Who was it who said "Without Art, the crudities of this world would be unbearable."?

    About your new photo: Quite nice! Didn't recognize you without stuff stuck to your face.