Unclutter your blog - sidebars

Hi all!! Today is just another part of the Uncluttering your blog extravaganza!! I will focus on just one thing today, as i find it that important to have its own post. So the topic for today is: managing the badges and awards displayed in the sidebars!

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!

37 comments:

Lydia's Pennies said...

Im your newest follower from KCT. I would love for you to visit me at:
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Lydia

mommaof3 said...

new follower like ur blog

Nan said...

I'm your newest follower (I had follow you on another name), Thank you for share nice blog,

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Have a nice day.

Nan

I'm a full-time mummy said...

In my old blog, I used a script to slide the buttons/badges/awards upwards but ever since I migrated out of Blogger to my own self-hosted website, I put all the images into Photobucket and just show the URL link to display as a slideshow instead and I put it in one of my static pages instead of the sidebars.

I've scheduled a post tonight to share some of the common web design mistakes I came across, hop over if you are interested to know more! :D

Cheers!

Busy Working Mama said...

Thanks for the tip and for stopping by! I already follow you, too. You do a great job helping others with your suggestions and info!

Andria said...

I am following you now, found you from Friends & Giveaways.
Andria
www.andrialake.blogspot.com

MaggieK said...

Thanks for stopping by...I already follow you. Happy Thursday.

Cyrene said...

Hi! Found you via Thirsty Thursday blog hop, and now I'm a follower on GFC. Would love it if you could visit my site as well - http://muminflipflops.com. :)

Love the look of your blog, by the way!

Kasie said...

thanks for the tips. love the look of your blog. I'm your newest follower.

Judy said...

Hi! Thanks for following my blog. Im now following back. Have a great week.

~Christina said...

I am your newest follower from Thirsty Thursday. Hope to see you soon!
http://www.christinacage.blogspot.com/

Christina said...

Stopping by from SITS. I have recently tried to unclutter my blog and I think it looks so much cleaner now. Thanks for the tips!

Amber said...

New follower from Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop!!

http://lolaviebyamber.blogspot.com

NorCalMom said...

Thanks for stopping by and following. I am now following you and looking forward to learning some new tips!

Weezer said...

Hey, sweetie. Thanks for stopping by Weezer's Haven and following me. I'm now one of your followers. Come back and visit. Looks like you might be able to help me out with something on my blog.
Later.

Megan Whitney said...

Hi! Your post caught my eye...do you have a tutorial on how to redo the sidebar??

I'd love to un-clutter my blog as well!

Marcie W. said...

Thank you for participating in Thirsty Thursday, and for following me at Obviously MARvelous!

I am your newest follower, and please join us again next week!

Keli said...

Thanks so much for joining in on Friendly Wednesday! I was following you before- great blog!

Casey said...

New follower! I love your blogger tips. I look forward to reading moer of your blog

Mammatalk said...

I'm a new follower, too. I really need some advice about decluttering...Any advice about closets, too?

Elsie said...

Great reminders! I've been slowing trying to re-organize my blog, so it is more user friendly. I'd love a good tutorial on how to make my layout similar to yours - with the blog posts on the left and to sidebars to the left. Any tips?

BowWowPet said...

I'm your newest follower:)
www.bowwowpet.blogspot.com

Sassy Sites! said...

Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog over at Sassy Sites! I am going to be doing a giveaway tomorrow, so add my blog to your sidebar and get a head start on the FUN! :)

Eastlyn and co. said...

Oh, Design It Chic. I am simply no good at blog organization (or any other organization for that matter). Another blog I follow has her awards on a slide show-type set up. Really cool; they just scroll round and round while you enjoy the tidy blog. Will try to figure out how to unclutter my blog from your tips. Thanks so much! -EW http://eastlynandcompany.blogspot.com

Moe said...

Thanks for visiting Cross My Hooks! I know my blog has changed a lot since I started. I had this after this after that all over my blog!! Now I've cleaned my sidebars up a bit but I know I still have a bit too much. I love your blog! I am a follower now :)

Auntie E said...

I always wanted to be a nurse. so the craziest thing I every did was Join the Army during the Vietnam War. I thought I would get my Nursing degree and not ever have to fight. after all I was a female,LOL. Boy was that crazy...However I did do it and got that nursing degree, which I do not work in as a civilian. Army Nursing really spoiled me. So I went back to school for a social degree and worked for the RED CROSS in Family counseling and the National Disasters Team.

the cape on the corner said...

wait, did i miss the part where the actual instructions on how to do this were? b/c i am really interested in making those puppies smaller!

Christy said...

so many great ideas...i have to spend some time organizing my blog...my husband gives me grief about it all the time...he thinks it is really boring...i say it is "simple" :)
thanks for coming by and alerting me to your place...i am finding so many interesting tips.
i think i might be hooked...i'm following you now too!

WinItMama said...

New follower from Thirsty Thursday! =)

WinItMama WINS
http://winitmama.blogspot.com

Merideth said...

Thanks for following me! I followed you back :)
Great tips on decluttering...I think everyone tends to add a billion things to the sidebar at first, and then we have the task of weeding out what is going to add to our content and what detracts from it. I'm going to be moving a lot of my sidebar buttons to a blog roll page soon, rather than keep them ALL up on my own home page. I think I'll still reserve a small space in the sidebar for a very small group of my favorites though, because I do feel they are deserving of some extra attention!
Happy Friday!
http://www.mommyiscrafty.com

Simplegirl said...

I agree with ya. I try to keep my blog as clean as possible, so I opened a separate page for link parties etc...but I did get my first award today:-)

Pinkie Anggia said...

What a lovely blog you have! Following you now :)

I'm keeping attention in your posts! Surely to visit your blog with some sweet comments x)



Xoxo ♥
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Crystal said...

Hey, so wish I had come by your blog like 5 months ago. Totally following you and added your button to my sidebar. Thanks for the great technical bloggy info. Hope you can follow me back!

Lisa said...

Hi,
Thank-you for the follow.
I am following you too.
Have a great week.
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http://www.lisasglutenfree.com

Pam said...

I always love learning new ways to make my blog run more efficiently and still look appealing. Thanks for teaching! Already following, but visiting thru Tuesday Tag-Along. Pam @ Sallygoodin

Tiffany Lamb said...

Thanks so much for following. I am now following back. This is just the blog I've been needing and hoping for you. Thank you so much for finding me :)

http://organicparenthood.blogspot.com

Self Sagacity said...

Just have a questions about space, I am always trying to save space. There is a lot of whiteness on my blog, and I have been trying to nail it down, but no luck so far. I've read the Google forum...doesn't work for my template, or I am doing something wrong. Do you have any suggestions to remove the space on my sidebar, and top of page? Thanks.