I have been receiving wonderful feedback from all of you and I would like to thank for that. I have getting great suggestions on the blog content, and especially on the old blog background. Several people said the original layout was narrow and kind of dark. To make my blog more pleasant and easier to ready, I eliminated the brown edges and I changed the layout. The text screen is now wider and the colors are softer.
I had to change the NetworkBlogs widget to a badge (placed under the Blog Archive) but everything else remains the same.
I hope you like the new layout better! I am always interested in your thoughts and ideas so feel free to give your feedback at any time!