WordPress.org support forum
wizard elf Ipstenu, on her blog:
For most blogs, you really don’t need plugins. If you pull your site back to the things youmust have, you get a better understanding of what your site is. Once you look at your site ‘naked,’ with no plugins at all, you can start to add plugins back in.
I’m reminded of my editorial on using plugins. I agree with her here, though my editorial looks at plugin usage from a different angle.