I made a few changes to the blog this year.
The first thing I did was remove all the analytics. I had been using Google Analytics (with anonymized IP addresses) to see how much traffic I was getting. Cloudflare offers a crude form of traffic that is enough for me. I wish more sites would just anonymize IP Addresses for their metrics and then this plague of Accept Cookie pop-ups could go away.
This summer, I went through hundreds of posts and removed any and all affiliate links. As a customer, I love Amazon, but I’d rather have your comment than send you away for the possibility of a 30 cent commission. I hope I removed them all. There are almost 16 years worth of posts.
For a deeper explanation of my motivation see the post Made in the Spirit of the Early Web.
I also opened up comments on all but 12 posts. I had previously closed comments on posts older than a few years but decided that no longer made sense. The SPAM filters are amazing now and even if one gets through, I can remove it quickly. Also, most readers of this site enter the site from an older post. Getting modern feedback on a post that is 5, 10, or 15 years old could be beneficial.
I am also now testing a Related Posts section that will appear under most entries. If it is valuable, I’ll keep it.
Do you have any feedback or ideas for the blog? Drop a comment.