This really highlights the theory that I'm trying to embrace. Presentation and a distraction free page are more conducive to a pleasant read than all the messy 'features' that a blog can utilise for purposes other than just reading. Those features absolutely serve a purpose, and there are compelling reasons to embrace them, but I don't feel that they are right for me.
Advertising for some degree of income is simply not something I could support in terms of numbers, but it's also something that I wouldn't want to do. It is intrusive, often quite ugly and almost always unappreciated. Google and similar companies aren't the biggest advertiser on the average blog anyway; in my experience most blogs put far more effort into advertising themselves. Readership is a very powerful motivator, and would be my only motivator as I am under no pressure to profit from my writing here.
I've decided to eschew this form of self promotion in favour of trying to provide what would impress me, were I you. The consessions I have made are to social links - if you want to, the page provides you a means of contact.