SO I KNOW you have been ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT to hear how I resolved the Sidebar Issue, and I am here to report: the Tumblr idea has paid off. I now have a streaming sidebar again, yay! Plus this time it doesn’t just disappear into the ether after it leaves my site, which: bonus.
I haven’t gotten the little icons back up (and I don’t even know if I’m going to bother with them, except that I love my lovely icons and will miss them if they are not there) and I may still re-code the site because I’m like that. But at least my sidebar isn’t sad anymore.