This isn't the first time we've gushed over Microsoft's "Stories" microsite. What a way to revitalize an old-school brand: This blog homepage boasts beautiful, interactive, and inspiring branded content. Plus, the squares for each story kind of remind you of the Microsoft logo, don't they?
Design Milk uses a very simple layout to highlight its blog posts. The sidebar to the right -- which stays there even when you open and read a blog post -- is perfect for showing off thumbnail images that draw readers to new articles. Plus, the social icons at the top are a pleasant addition to the overall look and feel of the site. (Read this post to learn how to add social media buttons to your blog's homepage.)