I’m a sucker for one column blog designs. It’s not only because the sidebar is dead (albeit somewhat resurrected), and I won’t get a ton of crappy widgets force-fed to me. No, I like the direct approach that most one column blog designs have. Straight to the point, that oh so important content I came there from.
Unless I arrived via a CSS gallery site. Then good content is just a bonus.
Unfortunately, it’s not all that common to see probloggers use one column designs. The reasons are pretty obvious.
- It’s hard to place ads in a one column design, no sidebar for your everyday 4-6 squares.
- It’s hard to pimp your services when you don’t have a sidebar to pimp it with.
- Your archive disappears! People won’t find my old posts! OMG!
I bet you can find more problems if you looked hard enough. Now, these things are problems, they really are. It’s hard to make money if you can’t push your services or display your ads in a good way.
So yes, one column designs are harder. They’re not impossible. You can put the footer to ingenious work, but it’s not the direct approach of the ever present sidebar.
What are your thoughts on one column designs? Pros and cons?