It seems that sidebars are a thing of the past for blog sites.
One of the issues with sidebars is for people who access the Web page via a smartphone or small screen device. If the sidebar is displayed then it takes up too much of valuable screen space. So, in most cases, the site rendering will then put the sidebar at the very bottom of the scroll—so it is no longer actually a sidebar at all. It becomes a ‘bottom bar’.
So this site will no longer have a sidebar.
How it looked before, with the side bar.
And how it looks now, with no sidebar.
I will gradually put the common links that I use, that were shown in the sidebar, into the main site.
Hopefully this little change will make my site a bit more friendly for users that come to the site using a smartphone or smaller-screen device.