First, welcome to the forums.
So I'm torn between how I'm handling the backgrounds. If you don't know, I use real pictures (most found off webshots.com) and I blur them. Some look great, and some just don't work.
Or should I use a different technique? Drawn backgrounds, or basic multi-color, or single color, or plain white? Due to the severe complexity of blurred photos I can't use GIF, so I have to use 80k jpegs.