This is the first post on my new blog. The reason I started this new blog was because I wanted to test out some of the new features Blogger has added recently. I did try to upgrade my template, but what I got discarded all the hard work I had put in to customizing the look of my blog.
They warned me, but I tried it anyway. And I found out that the upgraded template is written in XML instead of HTML. I took a look at it and I really didn't think I'd be able to customize a new XML template and end up with something that looked even somewhat close to what I have now. I'm fairly comfortable coding in HTML, and really like the look of my blog.
I'd still like to add the "Followers Gadget", although it apparently works only if you use the XML template. There should be a way to add the XML code inline to an HTML template. So far I haven't been able to get it to work though. If anyone has any inside info I'd be grateful if you could share.
10/12/2016: This post asks a question that is now irrelative. Anyway, I was talking about my other blog, Sleeping with The Devil (SWTD). Re-reading what I wrote above, that isn't clear. Back in 2006 Blogger didn't have templates. I customized SWTD using HTML. In any case, I've since updated SWTD by adding a template. Years ago, actually. And IMO, it looks pretty good.
But knowing some HTML basics (as well as CSS) helps. I've seen some bloggers who don't even know how to do paragraphs. Here, for example. When this guy wants to indicate a new paragraph, he does so with a bunch of periods. You'd think that after 9 years he'd have figured it out.