About the Personal Favorites section...
I saw this on a couple of blogs recently. Once I got past the embarrassment of saying "This is stuff I wrote that I like" (which took about two seconds), I thought it was actually kind of a cool idea.
I mean, what if someone tries out your blog on a day (or month) when all you've posted is dreck? Wouldn't it be a shame that they didn't get to see some of your better efforts? This way, they can see what I think is my best stuff, and if they hate that (quite possible, likely even) they'll know they don't need to waste their time here because they ain't gonna find a bunch of better posts lurking in the archives .
And if they DO like what they read, it might trick them into coming back, not realizing that most posts will basically be a waste of their time.
Anyway, the first half of the list is stuff I think is funny (your mileage may vary, of course). The second half is more serious stuff.
If you think something on the list totally honks, just LMK -- I'm open to criticism and advice.
If you think something ought to be on the list, LMK that too. I may not do anything about it, but my little ego would be terribly gratified, and I would be your best friend for weeks...