*** IF you are on Google's blogger (blogspot) platform, THEN the "Useless Elements" article is USELESS!
I love good advice, but pay no attention to those who would have you possibly screw up your blog in order to align it stylistically with what those self-absorbed guru "blogging experts" demand. Yes, I know, blah blah blah the minimalist look is "in."
Betcha didn't know your blog ALREADY has a minimalist look (if you're on blogger!)
Here are TWO minimalist views of this very blog you are reading: my favorite is the mobile version. It meets all the "specs" called for in the "Useless elements" article.
This next one will display differently in different browsers on different systems. It is the feedburner version of my blog, also minimalist.
I don't know if alternatives are available for WordPress and other platforms. (If they are please leave them in the comments!) But the lesson here is twofold:
(1) Bloggers, don't jump if someone says to do this or do that
(2) You have just saved hours of time and numerous headaches and things you'd be sorry you'd done later on down the road! BLOG ON!