Over the 7 months I’ve been blogging here, my sidebar has changed multiple times. Sometimes it’s because a plugin is no longer allowed by my blog host. Sometimes it’s because I got tired of it, or decided it looked too junky or cluttered. And sometimes it’s because I found a more useful plugin to replace it with.
At the moment, I’m mostly happy with the things I have in my sidebar. But I’m sure they’ll get swapped out again at some point.
I like my list of Discussion Posts for each month. That seems to be one of my most popular. My Currently Reading and the monthly list of books I have reviewed, also seem to be staples of most book blogs I’ve seen.
I saw the “Top Commenters” list on Kissin Blue Karen’s webpage and thought it was a neat idea. It seems to get a lot of click-throughs, so I’m guessing my visitors must like it as well. And I’m all for spreading the visitor love as long as I get some too! *grins*
I recently re-added banners for Amazon and Barnes & Noble at the bottom of my sidebar, since I whittled it down so much a few months ago. They may come down again if they start annoying me.
But I was wondering, what do you all consider must haves in your sidebar? I see so many different things on many different blogs. Some I’d never add to my own blog, and some I might ‘steal’ one of these days, or already use. What are your favorite things in your own sidebar area, as well as what do you like to see on other blogs? Anything that makes you exit out of the page without even reading much if any of the content?