Hmm...after reading through things so far I wonder if the original question/post's "bad blog trends" is referring only to a focus or interest in a very broad, wide-range, steps-back from the close-up and personal, look at design, objectively? Which I don't think I've managed yet to express accurately. This is what's so maddening about forum interaction to me -- how difficult it is to pinpoint exactly what you mean in all ways, including the tone of how a post sounds -- it always requires much more time and trouble, digging around for just the "right" words, not to mention so many, many more words! Anyhow, there are so many ways to look at blogging and blogs, of course; we all know that, and that includes blogs of business, corporate, news et al worlds (I often find some of this repugnant in nature -- like of course blogging, too, would have to be snatched up and exploited as just one more easy tool for the greedy's gain! but let me quickly backtrack out into the more politically safe realm...) So maybe SR is in this particular instance interested in looking at that whole wide world of blogging in terms of design only, superficial survey, like when people are interested in how cars in the 20s looked, for example, or jeans for whatever decade. Jeans in the 60s, say, observably different in appearance than trends of 1999... if you think about it like that, it's easy to recall the familiar objection most of us have made or at least heard, that the clothes don't make the person or that we like the person inside the jeans, and there's the parallel with design and content. Of course, follow that thread of thinking out and you come up with all those grey areas such as the impression a certain appearance lends and so on... the early grunge look, e.g. did that trend begin with a certain reality (homelessness=clothing available to the unknowing "trendsetter")?? What would certain trends in how blogs look mean, or maybe better said, from where/what do they arise, if they do, or if there can be seen that certain trends do exist... are they a result of function? perhaps limits of some sort or another, like the appearance of this "dinosaur" microwave my grandmother had... I don't know about any of this stuff, not making assertions, just saying that this might be the orientation of SR's here with this particular interest. In that way, then, a lot of info has come up already -- for example how possible is it to separate design from content -- a big thing with poetry in the classic sense before even the oral traditions, way way back, Asian areas, the Chinese - for them it was all about how the thing appeared on the page, its arrangement, 'pen/brush' strokes of the characters, et al. Maybe in a way we are returning to that kind of concern or esthetic with design/content as interdependent? albeit electronically? Anyhow there's a smattering of my thoughts ... maybe something useful, hopefully, can be plucked from it. Specifically, SR, you asked about that cross-through thing. Strike-out, I think. Interesting because I like it and have been trying to figure out why. Maybe it's because it's familiar to me, that sort of crossing things off my lists, which is a kind of comfort to me because I feel like I always have so much going on and that I'm interested in so many things and always, especially internet-web-link-link-link-wise, so much is constantly spontaneously there grabbing my attention... it's like I need to see what I've already at least visited. Especially if I'm having to move very fast, you know? Like in the instance of researching for a story -- I go to a particular blog and as part of gathering the info, background, need to check out the links, and this is just one blog of say several others (plus other sources, reference material, right) I'd be stuck forever I guess and in fact do have a hard time pulling myself away from amazing wild new or fascinating stuff...maybe the strikeout is so good because it is psychologically satisfying -- because, of course, changed colors indicate links visited, too, e.g. -- but maybe the strikethrough as something that familiar has the weight of symbology going for it ?