Blog redesigned – comments?

// I hadn't touched my blog's design for a bit over year, so I thought it was time for a refresh. Yes, In case you haven't noticed, I have a blog at which contains a full (an indexed) archive of all my Google+ posts. 

So over the last 20 months I have ended up writing about a big variety of topics and I realised people probably would not want to scroll through the entire article to get to the next one. So the content on the homepage and category pages needed to be "compressed". Also the big header was taking up to much space, pushing everything down. 

With that in mind, this redesign set out to achieve the following: 
– Provide a cleaner layout with emphasis on content (kind of obvious but still) 
– On the home page and category pages, give instant access to more content 
– Improve navigation options by replacing the drop-down menu with a list of categories
– Remove social media junk (there were all sorts of buttons) that had gathered over the years

You can see the before (left) and after (right) on the screenshot. Check out the site here 
What do you think?

(Masonry effect using Isotope by David DeSandro. Fonts used are Homenaje by Constanza Artigas Preller and Agustina Mingote and Roboto by Christian Robertson, you can find them on Google Web Fonts)