I have been, for the most part, quite happy with Blogger. I am limited by my abysmal html skills, so I can't really add on too many bells and whistles. But I have experienced an increasingly bothersome case of banner envy. All you Typepad people get to have these beautiful photographs on your blogs, and without having to fight with image source codes.
I got it down tonight. I accidentally reverted back to an older template in the process; I'll probably increase the font size again in a few days. Behold: Lara's irises that bloomed behind her seminary apartment.