Question the first: does this design work? I was trying to pick something that would mean less of my sidebar content getting buried, so I can showcase my photo albums. But I worry it's too cluttered. Please tell me in the comments section. Answers beyond a simple "yes, it's ok" or "no, it sucks" earn extra points!
Which leads me to question the second: I am not trying to be a whiner about this, but is there a reason people have stopped commenting on this site? Is it the Typepad comment format? Is there anything I could do to make commenting more appealing (short of moving off of Typepad, because honestly I love it)?
One of the big reasons I moved to Typepad was so I could keep comments. They disappear from Halsocan after a few weeks. But now I appear to be getting much, much fewer of them. So if you guys could just take a moment to give me some feedback, I'd appreciate it.