The theme I chose doesn't match how I previewed it
“I want the newest blog to show on the top”
All themes display posts in reverse chronological order: that’s the way blogs work. A few themes have an unusual front page, but in most the front page displays your latest posts, latest one first.
“On the right side of the page I want the archives to show for the past months of posts. I also want links to web pages for my readers to click on.”
That’s possible on all themes with a right sidebar – see here (under “One sidebar”, “Two or three sidebars”, “Sidebar(s) plus bottom and/or header”):
As for your last question, see here:
You have added an invisible statcounter widget, so the default sidebar items of the theme were cancelled. You simply go to Appearance>Widgets and add the Archives widget, the Links widget, and any other widget you like.
Note: links aren’t created in the Links widget itself, they are created in Links > Add New.
panaghiotisadam – thank you so much for your help! I also discovered by removing the statcounter that the blog displayed exactly how I wanted it to!
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