New Layout?

I’ve been toying with the idea of a new layout for this blog for quite some time. I’ve made a mock-up, and I want to know what everyone thinks of it.



This is certainly not the first thing to have come to mind, but I think it’s a step in the right direction. Click the image to get a full view.

It’s dark, which I really like. It’s not too busy. I put the links and highlighted posts at the bottom of the page, to keep them out of the sidebar.

Obviously, this is just a mock-up, so be gentle. But I want to know if you think this is a step in the right direction, or does the current theme work as is?