side bars and featured images

Sidebars

Well, this theme has a default left sidebar I have not figured out how to remove so I have come up against a set of trade-offs.  Blue is a non-negotiable for me.  The theme must give me the option for blue on the page.  So, the sidebar remains.

Featured images

I love the idea of featured images but there lies another set of trade-offs.  If I use the featured image setting users have to scroll down to view content.  Will they persist long enough to do so?  Since I do not have to use featured images I choose not to.  I doubt the persistence of the user since I know I have skipped sites that force me to scroll down or navigate through too much stuff I do not want.

Let me hear your thoughts!  There’s a chat balloon in that default left sidebar.