I'm not overly sensitive about what you said or your suggestions, but I don't particularly care about traffic much, either. I'm not selling anything. I blog for the pure enjoyment of it, and I share mostly with an extremely narrow peer group who are interested in the same stuff I am. With that said, I do appreciate the suggestions, most of which are common sense.
The value of reciprocal linking is diddly squat and has been for years now. Mile long blogrolls we kept in the early days of blogging have gone the way of the dodo bird. To reduce page loading time perhaps you might consider removing the Links widget and displaying resource links on a static page instead.
Yep, but note what I wrote there, categorized links that HE likes to visit.
I use a long blogroll mostly as a storehouse for myself, and because the links are useful as a reference I go back to again and again. I only use the links widget out of laziness. Can I install the links blogroll widget on a page?