Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Blog Sidebar Experiment--Part 1




Here is Part One of my Blog Sidebar Experiment, where we look how 33 bloggers organize the "peripheral content", the "margins" of their blogs.


_ _ _ _ _ _ _

[PERSONAL NOTE: Due to lower back, neck, and shoulder problems, I have to post this experiment in a series of posts, of which this is the first installment.

More blogs and their sidebars will be examined soon.

I just can't sit very long to do the research, take notes, then type it all up. Sorry.]

_ _ _ _ _ _ _


A "sidebar" is the right or left column of content. Some blogs have both left and right columns, while a few have no sidebar. Again, some blogs have a lot of sidebar content, while others have just a little.

In blogs, posts take "center stage." They represent the "meat" of the blog, drawing visitors to the blog.

Since sidebar content is generally considered of secondary value, compared to posts, I think it's all too easy for us bloggers to neglect our sidebars.

I mean, we may just imitate other blogs, or place items into the sidebar without a lot of thought or planning.

But sidebars are where much user action occurs.

Your sidebar adds value to your blog, and provides users with vital information.

I suggest we look more closely at our sidebars and see if they're structured logically or haphazardly. There may be some room for improvement.

Are your sidebar priorities in line with your readers' interests? with your purpose? with your blogging strategy?

Let's consider how various bloggers organize the "supplementary" content of their sidebars. You may get some good ideas as you examine what other bloggers have done.

Remember, the ranking of sidebar contents indicates what the blogger feels is most important to the purpose of the blog, the needs of the blogger, and the interests of visitors.

What do you think of their prioritizations? Are yours similar to any of these? Or do you have a completely different set of sidebar priorities?






BLOG SIDEBAR EXPERIMENT
(in no particular order)




(1.) Dvorak Uncensored
http://www.dvorak.org/blog


LEFT SIDEBAR:

Blog Info
Columns
Links
Public Documents, Important Essays, Papers
Dvorak's find the diploma challenge
Ziff Davis Technology News
Other (log in/register)
Meta (feeds)
The Great Google Ad Test
Ads by Google
Stats Counter


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Calendar
Search
Archives
[ad]
[ad]



(2.)Evhead
http://www.evhead.com


About Ev
Feedburner feed
Links
Previous Posts
I Power Blogger



(3.) Blogspotting (Business Week blog)
http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/blogspotting


LEFT SIDEBAR:

[ad]
Blogs
Blog RSS feeds
Premium Content
Online Features
Technology
Small Biz
Investing
Scoreboards
B-schools
BW Extras
Business Directory (local experts)


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Photos
Recent Posts
Recent Comments (post title/comment quantity)
Recent Trackbacks
Categories
Archives
XML RSS




(4.) Instapundit
http://instapundit.com


[ad]
[blogads]
Tagline
Email
Donation
[blogads]
Stylesheet Switcher
Search Instapundit
Advanced Search
Link to Instapundit
Instapundit Mobile
My Yahoo feed
Credits
Site Design by...
Hosting by...
Amazon.com link
Recommended (blogroll)




(5.) Joi Ito
http://joi.ito.com


Random Faceroll (photos)
Conferences and Events
Birthday Roll
Listening (music picks)
Technorati Inbound Links
New Comments
Monthly Archives
Category Archives
Recent Entries
Blogroll
Delicious Bookmarks
Papers and Resources
Search
Tags



(6.) Doc Searls
http://doc.weblogs.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

Home
Bio Discussions
2005 Events


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

XML
Archive (calendar)
Technorati Search
Blogroll
Other Linkrolling
Creative Commons




(7.) Ensight Business and Tech
http://www.ensight.org

Ensight logo
Syndicate site (XML)
Navigation
>Home
>Archives
>More Ensight
>About Me
>Resume
Search
Categories
Archives
Login
Register
Feeds
Kottke.org micropatron
Sponsored by
Link Ads




(8.) Naked Conversations (formerly: The Red Couch)
http://redcouch.typepad.com/weblog


Syndicate this site (XML)
Add me to your TypePad People list
Calendar
Recent Posts
Recent Comments
Archives
Powered by TypePad
Email Me
Google Ads





(9.) The Intuitive Life Business Blog
http://www.intuitive.com/blog



[No sidebars.]




(11.) Pro Blogger
http://www.problogger.net


"Mode" (registered or guest)
Email newsletter sign-up
Newsgator RSS Reader
About ProBlogger
About Darren
Useful Links
Contact
RSS
Search
Ads by Google
Adsense Tools
Archives
Feeds
Creative Commons






(12.) Boing Boing
http://www.boingboing.net


LEFT SIDEBAR:

Search Boing Boing
Sponsored by
Our personal projects
Powered by Laughing Squid
Powered by ecto
How To get a link posted
Boing Boing mobile
Fark rules!
Our Linking Policy
Creative Commons
Stats
Feedburner counter
Our first five years posts
Copyright notice


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Sponsored by
Advertise: email us
Hi-Speed Internet Blog
Click here to place text ad
My Yahoo feed




(13.) NeoWin
http://neowin.net


My NeoWin Menu
Main Menu
[ad]
Poll
Visitors Top 10
Customize Windows
Hot Downloads
Microsoft links
Services
NeoWin RSS





(14.) Talking Points
http://talkingpointsmemo.com


Photo
Who is Josh Marshall
Advertising
Archive
Search
Comments
TPM Advertisers
Guest Blogger at TPMCafe's Table
[ads]
Extra Features
TPM Approved Sites
Credits
TPM Classifieds




(15.) Hello World
http://missinglink.typepad.com/hello_world


LEFT SIDEBAR:

Authors
Search
Our Sites
Links
Recent Posts


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Calendar
Archives
Recent Comments
Syndicate this site (XML)
Powered by TypePad
Creative Commons





(16.) The Tinbasher
http://www.butlersheetmetal.com/tinbasherblog


Search
Categories (RSS feeds)
Links
2005 Business Blog Award
Feedburner
Archives
Calendar
Blog Administration
NewsNow
PowerBlog
Technorati Profile
flickr photos
Syndication




(17.) Dean's World
http://www.deanesmay.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

About
Comment Account Policy
Who is Dean?
100 More Things About Dean
Are You a Liberal?
Free book on HIV and AIDS
Support Our Advertisers
[ads]
PayPal Donate
Contact
Categories
Subscribe
Search
Archives
Old Archives
We Support...
Copyright
Powerblogs.com


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

[ads]
[ads by Google]
Dean's World Usage Statistics
PayPal Donate
Wish List
Blogroll
Blog Machine





(18.) Contentious
http://blog.contentious.com


Search
Get Contentious! (RSS Feed/email)
About ("Work with Amy Gahran")
Email Me/More info
Other Goodies
My recommended reading
Latest recommended links
Traffic Ranking (Alexa)
Categories
Archives
Cool Sites
Meta
Powered by WordPress




(19.) NewsForge
http://www.newsforge.com

News Vac (news from web)
[ads]
Earlier Newsvacs
Free Whitepapers
[ads by Google]
Special Offers
Email submit
NewsForge Poll
Sponsor Links





(20.) SIMPLICITY (John Maeda)
http://weblogs.media.mit.edu/SIMPLICITY


Identity (of John Maeda)
Note (on blog termination)
Feeds
Search
16 Laws of Simplicity
Recent Ten Entries
Past (Archives)
My Links
26 (-1) Links
Selected Articles
Books by Maeda
Creative Commons





(21.) Peterme.com (Peter Merholz)
http://www.peterme.com


Search
Travels
Archives
Recent Entries
Feedburner
Powered by Movable Type





(22.) Kottke
http://www.kottke.org


Welcome
About Me/Contact
How kottke.org became reader-supported
Remaindered Links
Books/Movies
Photography
Silkscreen Font
RSS
Sites I've Enjoyed Recently





(23.) Gaping Void
http://www.gapingvoid.com


About gaping void
Contact
hire hugh (blogvertising)
book
old site
T-shirts
Subscribe (RSS/Bloglines)
Technorati Profile
[Blogads]
How To Be Creative
Blogcards
Search
Linklube (blogroll)
Young Adam (film promo)
Calendar
Archives
Recent Entries





(24.) Edelman
http://edelman.com/speak_up/blog


About
Archive
Topics
Syndicate this site





(25.) Seth's Blog
http://sethgodin.typepad.com


Seth's Blog (logo/photo)
About
Email me
Home Page
All Marketers Are Liars Blog
Recent Posts
Calendar
RSS Feeds
Archives
XML feed
TypePad People List
Seth's Books
Technorati
Powered by TypePad




(26.) Portals & KM
http://billives.typepad.com/portals_and_km


About
Photo
Order Our Book
Copyright
Search
Buy Boston & NYC Tickets
Subscribe (Feedburner)
Recent Posts
Categories
Some Previous Posts
Calendar
Archives
Add me to your TypePad People List
Email me
Some Recent Articles
Interesting Blogs
Some KM Related Sites
Portal & KM Related Pubs
Technorati
Blogstreet
Site Meter
Yahoo feed





(27.) Echo Ditto Blog
http://www.echoditto.com


Syndicate this blog
echo radio
Weblog archives by month
Happening Now
Keep In Touch (email)
Recent Blog Posts




(28.) The Social Customer Manifesto
http://www.socialcustomer.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

About
Syndicate this site (XML)
Contact
Find Posts/Search
Archives
Blogroll
Podroll

RIGHT SIDEBAR:

The Social Customer Manifesto
Recent Posts
Our Sponsor





(29.) The Origin of Brands Blog
http://ries.typepad.com/ries_blog

About
Email Me
Recent Posts
Books
Recent Comments
Categories
Blog Friends
Calendar
Syndicate this site (XML)
Add me to your TypePad People list
Powered by TypePad




(30.) Business Pundit
http://www.businesspundit.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

My BlogMap
Links
[Jittery ad]
Syndicate this site (XML)
Powered by Movable Type
Site Meter


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

About/Contact
Skype Me
Search
Archives
Recent Entries
[Jittery ads]



(31.) Tom Peters!
http://www.tompeters.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

tompeters.com
Tom Peters Company
Tom's World
Cool Friends
PowerPoint Slides
WOW! Store
Contact Us
XML
This Week's Poll
About This Site
Blog Roll


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Search
TP! Wire Service
Got A Question?
XML
tom peters essentials
Photo Gallery
Downloads Free
Tap Into Tom's Brain (slides)
Master REI 500 Slides
Cool Friends
Re-imagine Video
Collection o' Rants
Re-imagine Scorecard
WOW! Projects



(32.) BL Ochman's What's Next Blog
http://www.whatsnextblog.com


LEFT SIDEBAR:

What Works Now
What Could Your Company Do With a Blog?
Press Releases from Hell and How to Fix Them
Subscribe to newsletter
Popular Articles by BL
Reality PR Strategy
[ads by Google]
Media Bloggers


RIGHT SIDEBAR:

Search
Mailing List
RSS feeds
About BL
Links (blogroll)
Blogroll Me!
Technorati Profile
Recent Entries
Categories
Powered by Movable Type
Site Meter





(33.) Vaspers the Grate
http://www.vaspersthegrate.blogspot.com



I'm Glad You're Here! (current visitor counter)
What Other Bloggers Say About Me
Death of the Blogosphere
49 Media Podcast
VTG logo #1
Feedback (email address)
Comment Posting (instructions)
Backbone Media Corporate Blog Survey
RSS Feeds
Bloglet Email Update Subscription
My Other Sites
Previous Posts
Archives
I Power Blogger
About Me
Guest Posts
Interplanetary Internet
BudhhaNet
Firefox
[issues ads]
Blog Wars of 2005
My BlogMap
Technorati Profile
Vote for My Change This manifesto proposal
"Vaspers the Grate" definition
Most Controversial Posts
Copyright
Blog Directories
Lockergnome feedroll
Blogroll
VTG logo #2
"Exit" photo/Farewell
VTG podcast logo



Hope you gained some insight as you inspected these organizations of sidebar content.

More blogs and sidebars will be coming soon, in Part 2 and Part 3.



vaspersthegrate [at] yahoo [dot] com Posted by Hello



[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



:^)

No comments: