As I've been surfing around using BlogExchange, et al, I've noticed a disturbing trend.
I won't assume to be the world's greates blog template designer. I mean, hey, just look around... But I do design regular websites for a living, and you pick up a few things.
There's one thing that will make me jump right past your site without a second glance. And I'm sure I'm not alone:
A huge graphic header that takes up the whole screen.
I know a lot of people out there are wonderful graphic artists, and love to show off their craft. But a blog should be an information source, and if I have to scroll down even a little just to find an entry, I'm moving on. If you want us to see your handiwork, that's great - link to it, or feature it on down the page. But not at the top. Headers should be understated, not overstated.
Agree? Disagree? Pelt me with rocks and garbage?