I've finally decided to go back to the standard "Minima" blog template and use the 2 column again.
The 3 column templates are nice and I was able to load more gadgets and widgets on the sides but I think they "bog" down the blog. Sometimes I am a very impatient person and I do not like a long wait for a page to load, so I'm trying to speed up the page loading time. I'm sure that any reader will appreciate this.
Since I like to change the looks of my blog often, this will also make it a lot simpler for me to change the background by using the freebie backgrounds that are out there. Most of them are made to be used with this Minima template. There are so many to choose from! I do plan to learn how to make and install my own backgrounds one day when the mood hits me.
I have given up some widgets, and a couple of slide shows. One was my scrap pages, and I also removed my awards slide. I have made the decision that for now I will not be posting any awards, mainly because of problems passing them on. I do appreciate each award I received and feel deeply honored that even one award was passed on to me. In the future I may place them back on the blog, but for now they are filed away in a safe place.
Enjoy my blog and enjoy your day!