on Just Publishing Advice:
Successful blogs always look fantastic
Good blog design is how you keep blog readers on your site. When you are creating a blog or refreshing an existing website, take a lot of care with your web design.
There are so many options, plugins, widgets and add-ons that you can use with blog themes now. But blog homepages often become cluttered with too many of these elements.
Design trends now are most definitely leaning towards minimising components and maximising user experience.
If you want to create a beautiful blog that will please your visitors, less is always more nowadays.