Well, it's now been a few weeks since I did my major template overhaul. And the reactions have been...mixed. Whilst some people say that they like the new clean look of the blog, others feel that it's lost its character, and a few people have said that the links in the drop down menus don't work for them.
So...although I'm quite happy with the blog as it is now, I've saved my old template, and will re-instate it if enough people think I should. Leave any and all opinions about whether the blog should keep it's new look or go back to the old one in the comments, and I'll make a decision (if one needs to be made!) in the next few days...
I'm of two minds about Blog Mad. Whilst it's been - by far - the best referral service I've ever used, sending my visitor stats into the stratosphere, I really don't know how many of those people actually properly look at the blogs, or if they are just surfing at random to get their own credits up. For myself, I do try to actually read the blogs I come across whilst surfing at random, but then I find myself seeing a few of the same blogs over and over (not to mention, it can be nearly impossible to go back to the blogs you like, once you've clicked on the numbers to get the credit). Also, if you let that all important number of credits fall, you no longer recieve referrals to your own blog. Basically I'm pretty happy with it - but it's early days and and I'll see if the increased visitor numbers translate into regular readers. If you did find this through Blog Mad, do say hello!