Hi anon – Thanks for the feedback. In defense of the recent comments links, they do serve to alert readers other than me to the existence of comments in old posts; unlike a lot of bloggers, I keep comments open indefinitely because you never know what will come in.

Sorry to hear you feel the sidebar stuff is a distraction. I’ve heard that from some others, too. I’ll work on ways to mitigate that, but I also suspect that it will seem a little less distracting once you get used to the new design.

Smorgasblog was great and I enjoyed doing it. I stopped because it took up too much of my time; I think qarrtsiluni is a better use of my energies. I can’t do both and still have time for my own writing.