That's right! I think most of the people agree with me when i say that badges and awards displayed wide and open on your sidebars only distract attention and don't do much good to your blog. I had my share of awards on my sidebar before(here take a look at the before picture, if you will):
And as much as they mean something to me, i am 100% it means squad to people vising my blog. And since I'm determined to unclutter my blog and make it more accessible to my visitors, that's exactly what I've done...(here's the after picture):
Ah, much smaller, more concise, less space wasted! I know that generally when i myself, stumble upon blogs i love the ones that have everything organized and clean looking.. more free space on the sidebars.. more well categorized posts.. i say information available and no wasted blog space is the key!
Oh and if you want to know more, you can read about how to unclutter your blog or other SEO advice right over here!