I write about my family life at http://stayathomewifeandwriter.blogspot.com/ . I really want to stick with Blogger because I have found that I get much higher traffic than I did with Wordpress. I really haven't considered paying for hosting because I can't code, and because I don't use my blog to sell ads or to otherwise make money, so a free blog seems like the best option for me.
Are there any good websites to get creative templates or backgrounds that will work with free Blogger accounts? I used to run a literary/photography magazine, and I'd love a more creative look on my blog.
I have not read anyone else's response to this, so forgive me if I repeat.
Altho there are some sites out there that you can find templates, they elude me at the moments,
but I did want to say, first, many of bloggers templates can still be edited quite a bit, but since you mentioned you used to run a magazine, I find the their flip template very useful, as the reader has 6 choices to view it, and you can set your default view to any of the 6, and it is very responsive.
I also have blogs on both Blogger and Wordpress, Blogger being the oldest of the list, with WP being a littler newer... I actually like them both, I find both useful in different ways.