Many of my friends viewing this page in IE with lower resolution and medium text size were having to span width wise to read my blogs properly. I am not yet conversant with web designing, hence this stopgap arrangement. Once I clearly understand what my code is doing I might be able to make a more elegant look. Please comment if you are finding any problems with the layout of this page.
Please note that I have also changed the date format for the archives to make it less foreboding and added the poll as a link to the top of the page.