The design itself lacks premium quality. It’s not hideously unattractive but there is nothing to make it feel as refined or high quality as many of the magazine themes coming through already.
Likewise the typography is ok but a bit bland, line height is a bit much in places etc. and it’s not perfect
There’s little things like too much white space around author avatar, social icons widget should be spaced or left aligned
You definitely need more variations and layout
The issue you have is that without a super stand out design there’s no room for error and these little things are amplified and more obvious.