I also deleted a lot of the sidebar lists that were junking things up, including the blogs I follow. After the death of Google Reader I finally moved into Bloglovin'. Care to follow me there? It's so much nicer than a mere link list. It makes keeping up with all the blogs you follow a cinch, and even sends you a daily wrap up via email if you like. You can change your settings to customize how you receive notifications, if any. You can find and add blogs to your list very easily. If you are also a blogger, you can easily claim your blog and see how it's doing on Bloglovin'.
One thing I've noticed that I do not like is if you open a blog entry within the Bloglovin' frame, you can't comment and some links don't work. (?) Maybe it's just my browser that's the problem (Mac OS Firefox). However, you can easily get around that by having blogs open without the Bloglovin' frame. The button for that is found in the Settings tab under your account, then scroll down to Other.
I hope you like the changes! One of these days I'm going to update that header. Maybe something autumny. My favorite season is almost here! In other news, I'm working on the Princess Pea pattern and having a blast with all the tiny wild haired princesses and their lumpy beds. I still love to play with dolls. More on that soon.