Monday

Collapsing

I've been reading and commenting on a lot of blogs lately, and if there's one tip I could give just about everyone, it's Collapse.Your. Archive. You would have so much more sidebar room for blogrolls, book covers, and other interesting information, if your archive didn't drop down into a series of staggered clickable links that none of your readers ever use. See how nice and neat mine is at right. I don't usually place it that high either - it can live down lower on the sidebar below more important topics.

Collapse this. It's more information and clutter than anyone needs to see on your blog. Look how much room it hogs.


If you are using Blogger, click Design top right. Scroll down to the gadget that says Blog Archive and click on Edit. From there, you should see your other options. Then be sure to Save, and you should be all set.

7 comments:

Ann Best said...

Exactly! I don't even go into my own archives. I also wish everyone would turn off word verification. I've read that Blogger has fixed it so this isn't really necessary and it takes precious time. I see you have it. Do you have another take on it?
Ann @ Long Journey Home

Anne R. Allen said...

Wow. Guilty as charged. In fact it's been driving me crazy. I hope there's a gadget for collapsing it, because I'm not sure I can figure it out otherwise. I'm going to go try.

Lee Ambrose said...

WOW! Go figure! I will try to figure out how to do this over the weekend - too tired to do so now and must work tomorrow again... but it makes perfect sense. Thanks for the great tip, Dani!

Dani said...

I've left instructions right on the blog post - hope that helps. Now I'll go check why I have word verification turned on. Probably an old choice from when I was getting spammed. Thanks, Ann.

Rebecca Bradley said...

Guilty of this. I felt a bit weird turning it all off, so I changed archiving from monthly to weekly for now and when I get comfortable with that I will collapse it to daily. Thanks :)

Kathryn Grace said...

Fixed. Thanks! I refer to my archives a lot and always hated how much real estate it took, even with the smallest option available at the time I built this blog. Thank you so much for letting me know they finally added the drop down menu. Woohoo!

Thank you too for dropping by my blog and joining my list so I can find you easily and often. You and your cohorts provide a wonderful service.

Helen Ginger said...

Mine is collapsed. Yay! I'm thinking of getting rid of the "You Might Also Like" at the bottom of each post. I'd like it more if it just listed the relevant posts, but not the pictures. I think the pics are too much, but I don't see that there is an option to not have them.