robin andrea – You may be right about the business feel – after all these comments, I’m beginning to see it that way, too. Funny you should mention new haircuts, though. I’ve been feeling a strong urge lately to get rid of my ponytail and go back to being a short-hair.
Pica – I don’t know about a photo; I was thinking a sketch. I’ll see what I can come up with.
Beth – I don’t know how many people follow the links. But i think it’s vitally important for bloggers to link to each other, and a separate links page just doesn’t cut it for me: too few people would ever visit it, and the blogs and websites linked to from a page other than the home page get little benefit in terms of search engine ranking. (Plus, with a dynamically generated blogroll, you never have to worry about links to dead blogs!) You’re right about photos ameliorating the severe effect, I’m sure, but I want the freedom to publish pure-text posts, too. So I’ll see if I can find some kind of graphic for the header.
Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to comment so far.