Secondly, the appeal was that I would be able to change things more easily with my template (the way the blog looks). But in switching to their new, changeable templates, I found that I had lost a lot of the items on my blog that make my blog unique to me. Yes, I was then able to change the colors of the appearance, but I had already learned to do that. I lost the baby-due date counter, Haloscan, and the comments section. I lost my promo for both the I love my cheesecake.com and Mitchell Fix’s book, Blame it on Adam. While that doesn’t seem like a lot, I was not able to put them back under the new template system. It doesn’t let you tinker with the html, therefore, once you lose that stuff, you are limited to what they will allow you to add to your template, i.e., promo icons for blogger, adds for blogger, other gadgets for blogger.
OK, for those of you who don’t know, I’m powered by blogger. That is the system I use to blog. That being said… I don’t need to say it again. It is on the template already.
All this to say, IF YOU ALREADY BLOG AND KNOW HOW TO TINKER WITH YOUR OWN TEMPLATES, AND HAVE SPECIAL AREAS THAT ARE PERSONALIZED ON YOUR TEMPLATE, DO NOT CHANGE TO THE NEW TEMPLATE SYSTEM. You will be disappointed and frustrated.
As for other things like the dashboard, they changed it. I liked the old dash board better. This one is less defined and more jumbled in appearance. All this to say, the New Beta Blogger, is not as good as the regular blogger. Granted, I may be missing som things, but I think what they are really doing is making it easier for first-time bloggers, not those who have been with it for a while. If you are a first-time blogger, go for it. Otherwise, don’t be fooled. You will be deeply disappointed.