Hi, this is Ben's Vermont "Mom" - I like the first header and I'm a total fan! Great blog, tremendous insights on marketing in this down economy - your message is relevant to any career where you have to sell yourself, your talents, etc. Keep going!
You're absolutely right, Pamela. My experience with Photoshop is very limited, but I played around with the original image a little bit more, and I got the words to pop using some more drastic shadowing. I'll pitch it to Em and Ben, see what they think.
Thanks for the kind words and recommendations! If there's one thing the three of us can agree on, it's that our readers are absolutely friggin' amazing! :-)
I think the fact that the three of you can't agree is a good indication that you need to go back to the drawing board and play a little bit more before changing your header. My personal response to the images is that I am more fond of the ones that include color rather than only grey-scale features.
I actually like your original image, but would just add a little more shadowing or lighting or something to make the words pop a little more, and perhaps separate the subtitle from the title a bit. Have you tried making subtle changes to this original image?
The fonts used in choices 2-7 in the main title don't grab me in the same way the original does. There's something a little too lighthearted about them.
Regardless of which header you choose, I will keep reading and recommending your blog. It's great!