UPDATE: I've received so much great feedback that I took the plunge, removed the poll and went ahead with some changes. Thanks!
Usually I don't have these sorts of issues what with a degree in art, but ever since I removed my Christmas template and reverted back to the standard Destination: Austin Family template, I've been vexed.
The Christmas template was a nice 3-column layout with the main column on the left and plenty of white space. The font was not too large (because I had no easy way to change it) and it seemed uncluttered.
Now after switching to my standard template I am seeing things I've never seen before. But what I prefer is not always as important as what makes my blog easier for users to read and navigate. I've used large type since the majority of readers are like me and find it easier with a large font.
So I'd like you to use the poll in the sidebar at the upper left and vote your preferences. I guess I could take my Christmas template and just remove the holiday graphic which might be the eventual solution.
And, if you can, please let me know if you have the same concerns or issues with your own blog template.