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Posted on Wednesday 16th May 2007 at 00:00
I have a decision to make about the appearance of the blog that I feel would be best made after a bit of consultation. No, not the way the government do it, where they say they'll consult people and then seem to go ahead and make the decision anyway without asking me a single question, but real consultation with you, my real readership.

The issue is as follows. Every time I come across a new blog, I get ideas for side bar items from what I see being used elsewhere. It seems that the fashion of the day is to pack many extra things into the side bar as possible, from 'Best of Blog? lists to Flickr links and IPod playlists. I'm all for this I have to say. I think most readers are interested in learning as much about the bloggers they read as possible and having a million and one sidebar links seems the easiest way to do this.

The problem is that the more things you add, the longer the sidebar becomes. At this rate, it is taking the average reader several months to scroll from top to bottom, which is clearly far too long to be sensible. So, what I propose is this: I'm going to reduce the font size of items on the side bar from being fairly large, as is currently the case, to being really rather small like everyone else has them. Font sizes vary from blog to blog, but a lot of people these days favour the smaller writing as it allows you to put far more into a small space easily.

The reason I'm asking is that I always worry that people won't be able to read smaller text, which wouldn't be fair as I don't want anyone to get eye strain on my account. So, your thoughts please: Are you happy with small menu items? Can you think of any blogs that have their links set too small so I know what the minimum is, and is there anything you would like to see on the side bar that you don't at the moment?

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