Following Moog's comment about blogger beta i have now discovered I can switch to beta and i have, hence many of my links have gone astray and the scheme for my blog has changed. This was not unexpected and i saved all of the links i wanted to keep in another file for cutting and pasting later.
Beta looks and feels great, it is easy to use, more intuitive, more variety - unfortunately i still can't manage to add two sidebars (one on each side) as none of the available templates support it and i don't know enough to do that myself. Unfortunately, despite having put all of my links in again, played with colour scheme and generally got the blog feeling like i wanted to none of it will save - i have tried a number of times, i have logged out and in again, i have taken out some of the changes and left others, then tried taking out most of them, then just changed the font and absolutely nothing happens to the blog itself - the preview comes out looking just as it should, but nothing will save.
So, for those of you who like to have a look at any of the blog directories, technorati, even nosey around my site statistics via sitemeter it is all on hold until blogger beta decides to work. Also the links to the few books i am reading, or books i've recommended like 'the Art of God' are all awol for the time being.
You'll see if anything changes! If you're reading this then at least i can still post!