Ken's Naperville Real Estate Blog : WIDGETS. HOW MANY IS TOO MANY?


I recently gave my blog a bit of a hair cut...

Those who have read my posts before may notice that the right side of my blog looks different.

Gone are the layers of neon that used to litter my blog in the form of widgets...

I have minimized to what is most important to me, marketing myself...

With that in mind, I am down to just my Facebook Badge, my Twitter "Follow me" link, and the map of the world from (I still think it's pretty cool).Ken Tracy's Facebook profile

I think my blog is now streamlined.  Like my shaved head,  aerodynamic...

But what do I know?

Most of the bloggers I read, especially the techie ones, are loaded with widgets.

For now, I am going with less is more...

What do you think? 

Widgets?  How many is too many?


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Comment balloon 16 commentsKen Tracy • March 26 2009 12:38PM


I like the less is more approach.  If you have too many unimportant things highlighted, how are people supposed to figure out what is important??  Sometimes they give up trying.

Posted by League City, TX - Worrell Team, REALTORS, GRI, CNE (Bayou Properties Realty) over 8 years ago

As a minimalist, I approve!

P.S.  I also like vanilla ice cream.  :)

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Load times are key in keeping a reader's interest and in that respect, if the widgets you are using are not ADDING to the content then less certainly is more!

Good job, Ken.

Posted by Ron Tarvin, Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095 (Luxury and New Construction in Katy & Cypress TX) over 8 years ago

Hi Ken, I have to agree, if the page starts loading slowly then that's too many widgets. Besides that, I think it's personal prefference.

Posted by Mike Mitchell, REALTOR (R) (Real Living Kee Realty) over 8 years ago

Ken - I thought the rule was "who ever has the most widgets when they die....WINS".   I prefer the clean look too, but I've been trying to keep up with the techies!

Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 8 years ago

Hi Ken,  So you got rid of the clutter!  The right side of your blog looks great.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 8 years ago

Ken I often wonder about all the clutter others have on their blog site.  I keep mine very simple, good job. 

Posted by John Walters, Licensed in Louisiana (Frank Rubi Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi John, Shirley, Christine, Mike, Ron, Bruce, and Brian.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hmmm.  We are all on the same page.

We need a techie (hello Missy Caulk...) to hope on and give an argument for more widgets...

But for now, less is more.

Thanks everyone, and follow me or add me as a friend!:)


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 8 years ago

Hi Ken!
When I first started the Rain, I watched others posts and thought I was suppose to have all of those widgets...then I realized that let's slows down my looks messy....for the most part, it is unnecessary. So, I am, for once, glad that I didn't try to figure out how to put on all of those widgets!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 8 years ago

Ken, I have to admit I am addicted to widgets. Now in saying that I have taken off many and still need to take off more. I know they slow down the pages and can look junky. Some are just advertising and there is one on my sidebar that has to go soon, when I have a minute.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

It's not really an issue for me because I am still trying to figure out how to get the widgets to work right!  Old dog, new tricks, woof woof!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 8 years ago


I am not to sure just how many are too many so I am going to keep all of mine for now.  Have a GREAT weekend sir.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 8 years ago

Hi Don, Janna, Missy, and Paula.  Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Missy.  Glad you chimed in.  I consider you the expert!

Janna, if you need help, give me a call...

Thanks again everyone.


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 8 years ago

Probably beyond two or three widgets I think might slow the page load down too much Ken.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Gary.  Sounds about right...

I hope all is well,


Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) over 8 years ago

I'm here, Facebook and Twitter....any more and I become the Twit!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Regional Vice-President (Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage) over 8 years ago

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