Now, THAT was an interesting dialogue...I really enjoyed that little tennis match. :)
More important, I learned from it. Timethief, let me assure you I know that content is king...always is, always will be; however I also agree with thesacredpath that while substance may win over style any day of the week, without style the substance is automatically denigrated by virtue of the fact it's more challenging to get anyone to read what is an immediate visual turn off.
That being said, I also agree with you TimeThief that one can spend too much time tweaking and being generally perfectionist about one's presentation of their content.
So, it's a balance I think.
Also you should know that the reason I need to know html and CSS is not why you may think; i.e., to become a web designer but rather:
(a) to be able to make, as sacredpath suggested might be the reason any adjustments to my blog to make it more suitable for me needs (a writer's portfolio)
(b) to begin to acquire BASIC web design skills so that I can eventually I can build a web site that will be kind of a landing pad for all my blogs (will be writing 2 or 3), creative projects
(c) broaden my skills so that I can land more freelance writing gigs. Unlike 10 years ago when being a da_ _ good writer was enough it seems that "these days" they want you to do it all: Social media, SEO, html, XHTML, CSS (anything with acronoyms)
(4) I will be launching my own niche magazine next year and need as many skills as I can since I will have to do a lot of the publishing work myself until I can afford to hire other writers.
Okay, that should explain rather sufficiently my need to learn some basic code!
And thanks TimeThief for that link...very helpful.
You "guys" are so wonderful and I really appreciate your taking your time to help fledgling WP's like me. I blogged quite a bit for my former employer but it was a no-brainer template (Blogger) and a straight forward deal use of it.