Hey Scarlethue! Loving the new blog layout, but I think the reason you've seen a decline in comments is that (at least for me) the comment box disappears below the screen. When you type in the comment, it asks for word verification, and then the verification box drops below the screen and I can't get to it.
Looks great, but since I can't leave you a comment, I thought I would try this until it's fixed. :)