OK, I admit, this post’s title was a cheap, journalistic trick, but in a way, it is true: People may soon notice that my icon has changed and leaping-Sabio is gone! Sniffle …
When I began this blog one year ago, I decided that due to the nature of the material and the community I lived in, I would use a fictitious name and symbol to keep my pedestrian identity secret. So while trying to create a icon, I ran upon a leaping paleolithic hunter on some nutrition sites and decided to photoshop the fellow over a setting sun and call it my own. Thus, the Sabio you know and love was born. But alas, little did I know that this silhouetted primal maniac was someone’s official corporate logo. And this week I got the following letter in my e-mail box.
My name is Aaron Fox. I am the editor of MarksDailyApple.com and the GM of Primal Nutrition, Inc. It was brought to my attention that you are using our brand logo on your site as your own. Our image of “Grok” is the logo for the Primal Blueprint brand. As such we ask that you remove the graphic from your site (as seen here) in the manner in which it is used. Thank you for your cooperation.
Aaron Fox, Editor
Serving up health and fitness insights (daily, of course) with a side of irreverence.
So, to protect my legal butt and because it is the right thing to do (in that order), I have changed my icon. BTW, Marks’ Daily Apple is a fantastic website for carnivores and/or people interested in nutrition, exercise and health!
In deciding on my new icon, I played with some mythological symbols but decided on the Astrolabe — a tool used to triangulate. The rising sun is a symbol for optimism, strength, inspiration and support.
Though my former version of Sabio has “passed on”, I am not saddened. One of my favorite posts, called Mini-Deaths, describes why. Oddly enough, that post was read by few because I posted it back-to-back with another post. Hint: If you really have a post you want your readers to see, don’t post back to back or only the most devoted and diligent readers will find it — and don’t be deluded that you have any of those readers. 🙂
So, I thought some of you may enjoy the story and I thought it wise to head off questions and so this post. It will take time for my new symbol to propagate over the web. Some of the places I have had to change it are:
- bloggers.com (which I established to comment on blogspot blogs.
- gravatar (for your universally recognized avatar)
- WordPress.com Favicon ( btw, if you have a wordpress, account, try jazzing it up with a flavicon!)
- Intense Debate (another commenting tool used by some sites)
- Atheist Nexus (a great site)
- Google Profile
Who’d have guessed it would take so much work to change an image. If you find my icon elsewhere on locations I have forgotten, please let me know so I can wipe leaping-Sabio off this etheric plane ! And BTW, I am updating my blog’s organizing, so if you subscribe by e-mail, you may be getting hit with several posts over the next few days — sorry.