I remember when I first encountered the Google Reader sidebar as a fabulous feature on Mark Goodacre’s blog, and soon copied it on my own. I also know that there are people who still enjoy the links they find there. But I’m curious how many readers find those links useful, and how many never (or almost never) know I’ve linked to another blog unless I actually include the link in a post. I know that many more people nowadays (myself included) tend to read the blogs they enjoy through an RSS feed reader of some sort, and in doing so one misses the sidebar and other such features. So it seemed a question worth asking – how useful is the Google Reader sidebar? Or to put it another way, how important is it that I post links that I don’t want anyone to miss in an actual blog post?