The more astute of you will have noticed that I've updated the look of the blog. I did this for two reasons, I've decided to get rid of some of the crappy buttons I've had for years and Blogger has done away with my original template. I know it's still around somewhere, but I quite like the new one I've chosen and it's not too busy.
As a result of reverting to the standard template, there are also a whole bunch of sharing buttons and rankings of my posts that can be done. I'm interested to hear what people think about these, whether they "add value" or not.
I've always believed blogging was about the content not the look, I like the simple look and feel of this template, and I've managed to get the twitter feed to look like it belongs quite quickly.
I've ditched the "Google connect" widget because it was clearly slowing the page load down a lot, and in the current world, it simply doesn't mean anything any more. Links between people with blogger ID's has quickly become passé in a world of Twitter and Facebook and Googleplus.
Various other dead bits of clutter are also going, like the LPUK news feed.
I've lost the "Labels" widget because it's just so big it doesn't have any use. The "Blog Archive" thingy is useless (I think!)
I've consolidated all my "awards" into a single blog post to remove the space they take.
I'm seriously contemplating the twitter widget, because it seems to be quite slow as well. Any comments on this would be especially welcome.
And finally, I'm also trimming my various blogrolls, because a lot of them appear to point at dead blogs. If I remove you and you are still blogging, just lazy, let me know and I'll put you back. Also, if anyone wants to be on my blogroll (which, let's face it, is also pretty passé!) then let me know.