Would it be possible for us to take an approach to blog posts similar to Reddit's style with the upvote/downvote system? There would be a blog/new section, and a front page. So then we could eliminate the pointless blogs that made always made it to the front page, and moderating would be a little less strenuous.
I find the layout VERY boring... but again that's only my opinion.
Though perhaps if the blog feature did return, there could be two separate sections for blog posts and you could check if your post is either a  Personal one or a  Developer-related post.