|Seriously, I recently visited a writer's site that had a background similar to this. My brain is STILL trying to recover.|
I love to visit other writers' websites and blogs. I may not always comment but I do a lot of lurking and reading to be sure.
So here's my two cents about web design (coming straight from a non professional, strictly consumer view point.)
I don't care how great your content is, if it gives me a migraine trying to decipher it--I won't come back. First impressions matter--make yours accessible, and pleasant.
What turns me off:
Font too small
Bad color contrast on eyes, black background white font
Too busy (background that's sending me into the Twilight Zone)
A million blog awards, tons of clutter, can't find anything
I want to read what you have to say and I don't think I'm alone in this.
Keep it simple?