[UPDATE: This doesn't make sense any more. I reverted to a blue-grey again...]
Either you think this is more bold and colorful and less wimpy and passive, or
You think this is too common and the other was more subtle and artistic.
I'll live with it for awhile and see what I think.
I think that gobs of white almost demands a strong, rich color.
On the other hand I don't want my blog to look like I used two or three crayons from the box.
On the other hand sometimes that's the best thing to do.
I also made visited posts have the same title color as unvisited.
This might be a usability blunder, but almost all the titles you see if you come here often will be visited ones.
So the effect of the more royal blue would have been lost.
But, the jury's still out...
Working on a vibrant, classical, minimalist logo to tie the colors, the starkness, and the flourish together. This is the hardest graphical bit to do right, and the most important to get right. Otherwise, the site looks generic.
I may go through several until I hit on one that I (and you) agree is "it".
I'm happy to be emailed examples if you stumble on any that have the right feel...
Do you like embedded links for terms that may be unfamiliar - jargon or difficult languages or references to people or events - which link, say, to a simple wiki article to save you the look-up? Or do posts filled with linked bother you and clutter the aesthetics of the page? With Firefox and Google (and maybe others) you can double click a word (or drag select a phrase) and then Right-Click > Search Google for "[word or phrase]".
I tend to like what I read to be clean and visually appealing, and look up terms I don't know myself, but I know of others who rather passionately disagree on this and think the point of being on the Web is to use hyperlinks. I can't really argue with that logic; to me it's just a matter of personal taste.
What do you think?
And finally, I think we need more Winnie-the-Pooh posts and illustrations on this blog. I find he makes a lot of the other stuff less stuffy, don't you?