It worked!! Belledame222 had pointed out to me that my page was loading extremely slow and I had noticed something screwy going on with the template that I was using so I wanted to fix things. I know this might be irrational but I was really afraid that changing the template might erase my entire blog. Yesterday I tested they system by changing the template for my photo blog. It worked so I felt a little more comfortable about changing this one but I still waited until today. Well, I'm happy to say that I and my crazy posts are still here!
I have to go in and add a few things to my profile column but hopefully I won't mess up the code too much like I wound up doing to the other one. Nothing beats a failure but a try!