Congrats with refresed design Good looking!
Looks good but not sure if the authors who you have blurred in your header image would be too happy?
should I blur more? Or not blur at all?
Well if you blur more then it would be hard to see what it is you are trying to do, for example you are clearly trying to show you stick out from the crowd, nothing wrong with that. But if you blur them more it just becomes hard to get that across, and if you take blur off then it just becomes a page of avatars.
To be safe I would make up a bunch of fake avatars and blur them, just to be safe. – I can recognize 11 of those authors just from a glance.
interesting thought. Those avatars are accidental, and I will think of making it so it is more random, without using pictures of our fellow authors