No I haven't abandoned the blog altogether, was trying to play with format and so forth, while doing some rethinking on content and style plus finishing up various side projects.
Unfortunately, I seem to have a very old template that is very resistant to change! And changing colour schemes seems to do unfortunate things to readability.
Nor am I getting anywhere fast on my rethink!
So I may bring back the missing sidebars sooner rather than later...in the meantime, I will do the odd blog on things that catch my eye....