I've been waiting a very long time (as others have, no doubt) for Blogger to introduce some new templates. Just today I decided to work on sampling free third-party (or is it just second-party?) templates to apply. But lo and behold, Blogger has come through with a new designer and set of options.
I was waaaaayyy over the dots theme. And I think this fresher look will do for now.
Still thinking about merging my author site with the blog under one URL. No decision yet, though.