That looks 300% better!
I made some adjustments to the layout I think that have really improved it. I now only feature 1 article on the homepage (the one at the top with the big image) and I'm not showing more articles on the homepage. I've fixed the sidebar so everything aligns pretty well (the poll is still kinda weird, but I think it looks fine and it's attracting attention because people are using the polls ).
I've also added my rss feed subscription and twitter bird
Very pleasant to the eye and a well balanced layout.