I like the graded effect just above and below the picture. I also like at the bottom of the blog there is an recent entries and recent comments section. I would probably have who is behind simplyIM, recent entries and recommended resources as the three sections. I also like that it is a darker colour then the rest of the blog.
I also like that the blog is not too cluttered and easy to read and that there is two S shaped lines under each blog post to separate the posts.
Home Page which is the blog page. Two column layout with main Blog and right side column. The blog page has two aims:
1. To get people to sign up to my free ebook optin
2. Make the blog titles clear and easy for the reader (not cluttered)
The free optin should be in the section above the blog but below the header. This should have an internet marketing/social media look with a spot for an ebook picture and dot points as to what benefits it will give the reader.
I am a big fan of icons weather they are ones for each of the Page Titles in the header or elsewhere.
I also like what I describe below under what websites to draw inspiration from.
Blog is a wordpress Blog.
I am open to any colours but prefer it to be simple not busy.