Hello Sacred Path,
Great to hear from you.
Just to bring you up to speed on what I have been doing (with no small amount of trepidation!):
(a) A reader explained to me how to change the width of the blog to 980px using CSS so that was already a big help in making the site look at bit better.
(b) I was about half way through the process described by Raincoaster and set out in the post shared by auxclass, but without success. And, I was finding that some old posts (2 or 3) suddently got bumped up to recently published, which was another headache but I have just made them draft so that is fine.
(c) Before reading your message, I went through my widgets, tweaking the text ones as suggested above and deleting some that I really don't need. I then thought to move them all to the inactive box on my dashboard. When I did so, I mad an interesting discovery. The archives widget (no longer in drop down) and the Meta widget (which I never use) still appear at the bottom of the page. Odd, but perhaps part of the coding problem.
(d) One more thing that I can think of. I recall (a couple of years ago) that WP release a feature that allowed members a chance to experiment with CSS just to see what could be done. I have a recollection of trying a few things but then deciding that I would rather focus on the blogging. Yesterday, I purchased the Premium Package that comes with CSS. I wonder whether it it possible that the system "remembered" my tweaks and implemented them?
So, in light of the following, I have a couple of questions concerning your advice:
1. Should I proceed to erase the CSS (after saving a copy)?
2. Will I lose my widgets or will they still be in the Inactive Box?
3. Will my posts be affected? I suspect not or else you would not have given the advice!
4. Will the counts on my social media buttons be affected?
I really appreciate your advice and guidance and look forward to your response.