three points regarding look and feel. (re. what inferno and non-carborundum said, asking to go back to the old look and feel, and/or asking to put the 'recent comments' back in. since this is an interesting thought, i will post this as a separate post as well).
1. while i accept what you are saying, the new template has driven up page views by a factor of 2x
2. the widgets are hidden on the right hand side. if you move your cursor to the right hand edge, the widgets will show up. one of them is a poll that asks if you prefer the old look or the new look. people can vote
3. i tried to activate the 'recent comments' widget, but it is broken in this view
i have gone back and forth between this view and the simple older view. i am trying to encourage more hits on this page, and also importantly, more clicks on the ads! people, please understand that more ad clicks are valuable to the blog
sent from samsung galaxy note, so please excuse brevity