Well, you all know my little story. I went over to Pyzam, found a template I just loved, and added it to my blog. Poof! All my sidebar widgets disappeared, and I've spent a long time getting them back. I don't think all my links are up yet, but I have most of them, and acquired some new fun things as well.
When I went to make the change, I was warned that I would lose some information, and it was recommended that I save the template. I did, but it's all in code. I don't write code, so I was up a creek.
After loading the new template, I loved the look of the blog, but as time went by, I found myself unhappy with the fact that the words looked like they were written on vellum and you could see right through them. This made my pictures look odd, and some of the lettering was hard to make out. But I didn't want to change my template again and lose everything I'd worked hard to reconstruct.
I was also becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the idea that I couldn't go in and change the template whenever I wanted to. I don't know what's up with me -- I have to have something new from time to time. I need to change blog colors. I have to order checks in different patterns each time -- having the same check style for too long just rubs me the wrong way. My Christmas tree has to look a little different every year. I must have change, and the Pyzam template made me feel suffocated.
Tonight I decided to move everything back to Blogger. I started at the top of my sidebar and copied all the code from all the page element boxes into a Word document, which I know how to use, unlike all that html mumbo-jumbo. This way, I reasoned, when I leave Pyzam and go back to a Blogger template, I'll just copy and paste everything back in and I'll be good to go.
But then guess what happened? Blogger kept every single widget and moved them back over in less than five seconds. That's right -- my Christmas tree, my Bookshelf, my list of links -- all of it. Pyzam stripped them out, but Blogger kept every one of them. Thank you, Blogger!
So I didn't end up using all the code I'd saved, but I'm hanging on to the file anyway. Who knows when I may need it again. And in the meantime, I'm going to change my blog whenever I want to, skipping around between all the Blogger templates. It's true, they don't have as many as Pyzam, but you can go in and change the fonts and colors, and that makes it easy to personalize. Don't get too used to this navy blue -- now that I have options again, I might change the blog every single day, just because I can. You all know how that is, right? Sometimes we have to do something just because we can.