I like the design. It offers a look at who the designer/owner is, his personality. I think that’s what a lot of blogs lack. The content may provide a hint of the person behind the words but the design is often non-telling, lacking in anything that’s unique to the owner. The look of your site made me want to find out more about you. Can’t ask for much more than that in my opinion.
You are aware that the XHTML doesn’t validate, aren’t you?