I'm still working on template updates. I've had almost endless small issues keep interfering with what I want to do. I don't really like the Blogger interface for editing templates, so I'm using a text editor, which means a LOT of copy & paste action, and a LOT of waiting for things to publish...
Not to mention when all of a sudden, one of the files gets locked, and I have to wait about ten minutes for the lock to clear before I can re-publish anything.
I guess its all caused by the rather complicated things I am trying to do within the confines of this free service. And I recognize that there will be issues with that. I am doing things in a highly customized manner. I don't expect it to work flawlessly all the time. But when an undocumented issue keeps my page from working all day (through several hours of work) I get kinda frustrated. I'm at the point now where I'm just glad I figured it out.
The problem, it seems, is that the <BloggerPreviousItems> tags must NOT be inside the <Blogger> tags. I was unable to find this information out anywhere on the Blogger site (don't get me started about their documentation) but had to stumble blindly, till in a moment of desperation, I removed everything but the <BloggerPreviousItems> tags to see whathell was going on.
Blogger. I know you offer free shit. I like free. Who doesn't? I also think that you've gone a lot farther in the way of documentation than others who offer free services tend to go. I'm grateful. But please, please, get someone to help with the documentation. More examples, not to mention much more complete explanations of complex topics is needed.