Well, everyone, I’m at a crossroads. One I’m not happy to face, one that I hoped would never come. Alas, here it is; and I am faced with a horrible choice.
Those of you that know me to any degree know that I bore easily. With each and every blog I’ve had (and there have been as many as four, albeit with identical content), I’ve become quickly and horrifically bored with the theme. I’ve changed it to suit the seasons, the mood I was in, the things I was writing about … whatever excuse I had on hand.
But I finally found a few of them that I really liked here on WordPress. I found MistyLook, and it was so cool, because I could control the header. I liked that, and it was something I was interested in playing with anyway; so a few Photoshop sessions later, I had banner images for any blog that’d let me change it. (Not many.) But, it was rather narrow, and made my posts — especially my fiction — really, really long. So I chose another one with a flexible header, and I’ve stuck with it ever since: Cutline.
I’ve loved my theme. I like the cleanness, the look and feel; I like the fonts (well, most of them), I like the width of the text column for entries … man, it was a match made in heaven. Until …
As a service to other writers, I try to provide links to sites that I’ve found either interesting or in some way helpful. Since I fancy myself a “writer”, I thought it made sense to have a “Writer’s Resources” widget on my sidebar. But I’ve also met a lot of really sweet people here on the blogosphere, and thought it would be nice to have links to their blogs too. And I’ve got a lot of other interests that don’t show up in any other way except that I have links to them on my sidebar. Things like Christian Apologetics and art. So, I have all those things in my “blogroll” list, but they’re not organized in any way shape or form over there.
I also really like the little visitor map utilities that show a little dot for every visit I get. It’s not accurate, it’s not reliable, but it’s cool looking and fun. So I have that up there.
Then I started taking cues from traffic-whoring articles and things, where it was suggested that you have things like a search bar on your sidebar so that people can quickly search your blog for what they want; have RSS feed links available for people to subscribe to your blog; I have a SiteMeter counter just ’cause lots of other people were doin’ it; and I put a li’l horkenwedger in there for people to use other subscription thingies as they see fit. By the time I’d created text widgets for all that crap and organizing my blogroll into meaningful little sections, I have one long sidebar, baby. It’s running away from me at this point, and I’m not sure what to do about it.
I could eliminate the calendar widget and create a bit of real estate. I’ve already limited the number of posts on my front page to speed loading it, but now the sidebar goes way down past the last entry. Folks don’t like scrolling for nothing so I figure no one’s getting to the bottom, which is where my buddies and people I care about are. I mean, the links to them, not the literal them.
Now, my dilemma: