I definitely agree with the KISS less is more philosophy. Perhaps it will be the next big thing?
First off, I think everyone is simply getting sick of being overwhelmed with 495 different ads, buttons and other objects on a web site.
It's also exhausting for the blogger.
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm going to go for the Steve Jobs minimalist approach to things from here on out.
I'm not going to do any SEO, promotion or anything. All I'm going to do is create great content and everything will take care of itself.
Well, ok... maybe I'll add some type of social sharing widget, but that's about it ;)