Finally managed to update my template html code from blogger classic to XML code for blogger beta while retaining the same look as before. There are small noticeable changes that do bug me but hopefully I should be able to make them go away. There are definitely advantages to using beta blogger. It lets you customise your template easily. Each addition is called a widget and you can define what needs to be in a widget (say picture, text, list, scripts etc..). I do realise the advantage now. Its nice to notice the way earlier posts are listed by month. I hope the change in template also brings about a change in how frequently I post to the blog.