Apparently Problogger Darren Rowse has been reading my complaints about the clutter in my sidebars, as the task for today is to clean things up.
Let me say that on my blog, as in my life, the IDEA of simplicity is incredibly appealing. It's in the execution where I seem to have problems, primarily because I have difficulty in deciding what should stay and what should go. When it comes to cleaning out my closets, that's a personal decision. When it comes to cleaning up my blog, though, that seems like more of a community decision, since I'm not the only person who uses this place.
Some things I know I want to keep:
- My About Page
- Info on subscribing to feeds and my RSS instructions page
- Links to my Web 2.0 in Nonprofits Wiki and the Social Media wiki.
Other things, I'm not so sure about. So again, dear readers, this is where I'd like your feedback. I've already removed the widget I used to have in the left sidebar that listed my most recent posts. I liked it, but I don't know how functional it was. I also realize that my site is loading much faster without it. If you want that one back, let me know.
Here are the other things I'm questioning:
- The Best of Bamboo links--I have them all listed on the front page. Should I just have a link on the front page to Best of Bamboo and move the links themselves to another page? Or will people read them if they have to click in deeper?
- Blogs I Read--same question as above. Leave them all on the front page, or have a link to another page where I list them.
- Tools and Resources--again, same question.
- Bamboo Project on Tumblr--does anyone care what I'm posting on my microblog, especially since I've been less good about putting things there lately? My guess is "no."
- Monthly Archives--from a purely functional point of view, do you read old blog posts by month or by topic? Although the good thing about having monthly archives is that it also gives people an idea of how long you've been around.
Any and all feedback welcome. This is a project I plan to work more on this weekend.
31 Day Challenge Update
The other day I committed a grievous error, acknowledging that Frances McLean rocks, but not that Sue Waters rocks for getting James Farmer to contribute chocolate to our challenge. I meant to correct that the other day, but got sidetracked by my paying job, so I apologize and want to thank Sue for her role in bringing more sweetness into our lives.
And remember, as a reader you can win by posting a comment here or on one of the other participant's blogs. We'll all be nominating our best reader comment and then voting to see who wins. It's your choice, too--dark or light, whichever gets you motivated.