What’s the matter with a generic blog design or a Catholic uniform? Nothing. It’s just that regular netizens who know enough technical blather to design white virtual boxes and brag about them are likely to high tail it out of your blog at the first sight of a generic design. This is especially true if you are as interesting as a telephone pole. In other words, a nice, unique or flashy design may be your only saving grace--- the only way you can attract hordes of disciples to your revolutionary ideas, inverted logic and hyperventilating grammar.
A word of caution though to bloggers who dream of freedom from template uniformity: changing designs is not as easy as copying and pasting a set of codes that rival the complexity of the language of a yet to be discovered alien race. Apparently, different browsers have their own queer ways of reading the technical language that tells them how your blog should look like. In other words, your blog could look fabulous in Mozilla but it could look like it just woke up with a hangover and bad hair in Internet Explorer.
I learned this the hard way after I applied this new design. A couple of my (ahem) loyal followers, or people who just lost their way, have been telling me that in their computers my sidebar overlaps with my text posts. After some diligent, eye nerve-popping research, I found out that the problem is that the design I am using is not compatible with some browsers. I also discovered that a lot of other blogs have the same problem and that the browser that bloggers most often have problems with is Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).
I have tried to the point of constipation to fix my problem or beg others to fix it for me but all I could find are equally incensed bloggers calling for the death of IE6. It is unlikely however that you will ever find the IE6 icon on a block with an axe over it or a noose around it unless you own Microsoft. According to one blogger, IE6 still holds sway over 50% of the browser market. So my dear friends, the lesson is: if you want to change your blog template, always check how it looks in Browshershots.org.
Since my technology IQ is nowhere close to 0.01, I cannot fix this appearance problem myself even if my life depended upon it. I would therefore also like to join the call for the death of IE6. If you want to help me get ahead in my vile, murderous quest, or if you just want to read my posts without getting cross-eyed, do upgrade to IE7 or Mozilla Firefox.