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The Sidebar in Your Blog is Hot Garbage

Eric E. Anderson having a frank discussion on blog sidebars over on Medium:

15 recent tweets. Blog archive sorted by year and month. Tag cloud with all the tags. Ads. Lots of ads. Search box. Social profiles with links to all your social networks. Pictures of all your friends. 9 recent Instagram and Flickr posts. Stop me when we reach something relevant to the article I’m reading in your blog.

I agree with the above excerpt.  The same thoughts where the driving force behind the first T&C redesign.  I continued to iterate on simplification with the current version.  I want the content to be clean and not have other elements on the site competing for a reader's attention.

I think the more interesting tidbit is that Eric is a template designer at Squarespace (where T&C is currently hosted).  They make sidebars so simple to implement, but it is refreshing to know that the design team has their own sensibilities on the subject. 

 

Before & After - Simplify Strategy

Made some fairly minor updates to the site UI today. Luckily, Google cached the site earlier and I was able to take this "before & after" screenshot.

The purpose of the redesign was to simplify the site so that its core focus is the content. The Twitter sidebar is gone, as is the "Contact T & C" panel below that. Padding was removed and the thick white border around the post container has been removed as well.

The focus should be on the posts, and my focus should be on creating more of them.