Yeah, couldn't ya tell? This is what I've been doing with my evening, redesigning and tweaking Daniel Thomas Vol 4. I think it looks really damn cool, and better than ever. It's a simpler design, and that's because of Blogger's new template feature, which enables more customization than ever. I really like it and hope they can add more templates to the mix.
I prefer a darker screen that's easier on my eyes. The standard black text on white background just gives me headaches. It's like staring into a lamp all day long, and just hurts my head after a long period of time. No, thanks. This is standard in web design because it's easiest, and also because working with colors (and "web-safe" colors, at that) is so much more challenging. You can so easily create a webpage that's overrun in garish and clashing colors - the bane of '90s web design.
I hope I'm more successful in 2010. A blog really shouldn't focus on visual design, anyway. Usability is the prime directive in this field - ease of navigation, finding what you need, yadda yadda. But I'm an artist, and I need a site that looks attractive and colorful. I think I've done a good job, although much of this is still subject to revision. We'll see how it goes.
Enjoy Vol 4, kids!