Blog design – what would you recommend?

SimonDigital

I’m not a trained designer. I designed my own blog, but getting to a finished design was more trial and error than a well-rounded creative process.

However it’s been almost two years since I did any design work on my blog.

In that time the design has moved quite a long way away from the original look and feel, thanks to the addition of various new widgets and WordPress plug-ins.

I think it’s time to spruce things up a bit.

I don’t have the time to fully redesign it myself and code up a new WordPress template, but I’d like to make some changes to the current look and feel to make it look a bit more modern and easier to use.

For the record my main gripes with the current design are:

  • Little use of colour – only two main colours, one of which is grey
  • Too text heavy
  • Not enough whitespace
  • Too much information in sidebars, making them much longer than the centre column

I’d also like to introduce Ajax-based comments and search onto the site as well.

So, if you were me, what would you do to the site?

Any thoughts, advice and tips gratefully received…