I'm pushing the use of the scripts I learnt from DHTMLGoodies to the limit (credits in footer). I'm showing 8 posts here in this site I built for my sister. I think I could show more and still not making it too long for scrolling. Whether the loading time is shorter or longer I hope to receive your feedback. The sliding speed is adjustable by the way.
Each tab in the post column shows the title, date and excerpt you just click to open. The sidebar is the same but only 1 tab can be open at a time.
Colors, well it's dull as I'm not good at that. For me simplicity lasts. If I ever offer this for download then it provides room for improvement in choice of colors or fancy tab/button etc....
My own site uses similar trick on sidebar is a very dark theme.
I look forward to getting criticism such that I could do better ones next time.