I didn't want to completely abandon the things I did like from the previous layout, so I kept the color scheme and font the same throughout. The minimalist black and white with red accents just looks good, so I didn't want to mess with that. One of the added bonuses of this new theme is the popular posts that you can see to your right (on desktop) or at the bottom (on mobile). Also, in each post, a blurred version of the thumbnail image is in the background. It's hard to see on mobile, but it's a neat feature on the desktop.
I'll be tinkering with this here and there, but this will be the new layout for the foreseeable future.