I loved my simple, wooden fence blog layout. But apparently folks were unable to post comments while I used that background.
I read somewhere that comments and hits on your blog basically means more and more people will visit your blog (of course there is some google science to this that I don't understand and also can't explain). So I have been forced to temporarily use a generic layout until I can figure something else out.
Use your imagination. Imagine the background is vintage and worn with a cute 1950s kitchen graphic. Or imagine a sexy man in uniform holding up the left side of my blog. Hmmm. There's an idea for a background!