I don’t really use WordPress as a blog. On each of my dance sites I use “posts” to offer informational articles on that style of dance, then I use “pages” to showcase relevant products (I’m an eBay affiliate). So when I say “blog” I was referring to the “posts” section. On my old layout, I had a couple of 468 x 60 banners at the end of each article, and I think they looked fine (and they got clicked). I don’t think they would look good in the bottom, coloured section and I need the sidebar for my menus.