You can imagine my surprise this evening when my vanity search returned this zinger from sarahintampa: Welcome Unknowns! Yep, I made the list of "unknowns". How cool is that?
HighTouch - no about page, how mysterious!
Which is exactly the reaction I was after when I removed every single widget from the site. I started to remove the widgets that no one used, and before I knew it I'd removed them all. In retrospect, it was the right thing to do. Let's take it widget-by-widget starting with Sarah's keen observation about the missing profile:
- About - my name is attached to every post. Want to know who I am? Google it... I will also note that my link to claimid.com was clicked once about every 400,000 visitors.
- Search - no one ever did any local searches. Well, a person used it once and they should be embarrassed. I was embarrassed for them. Regardless, I know a few things about y'all from Google Analytics, and search isn't something you need. You know how to do site:blah.blah.com And quite honestly the best site search is to just type: hightouch andsomeothersearchterm. I felt terrible about cutting out that Lijit search box. I did mention the woman from Lijit who sang for me while she fixed my problem at the Defrag conference? That alone made it a tough widget to delete.
- Tag cloud - dang I loved that tag cloud. People did occasionally click on tags, but they mostly did it within the context of a recent post. So the cloud was totally unnecessary. Which is too bad cause that was one nice cloud.
- Twitter - there are 10 times more people subscribed to my Twitter feed than this blog. You can read my tweets there.
- Social bookmarking - del.icio.us and now ma.gnolia. Almost never used--poof.
- Second Life land pricing trends - I don't think I need to explain this one--snip.
- Copyright - everything is licensed, "Use it any damned way you choose." Like you're going to look for a license or ask before you take it anyway.
Were there some widgets that I missed? Regardless, removing all those widgets let the posts spread-out a bit more across the page, and I think they are much more readable. Which reminds me, no one ever comes to the site to read anyway. Y'all read this in your feed readers. I was discussing this with one of my most loyal readers tonight. She said, "I can't remember the last time I actually visited your site." Exactly, none of this site stuff is needed. Maybe I should remove the header too?