I decided to be adventurous and try the editing software. Played a bit with the color palette for the page elements. The screen design makes it hard to see the changes, since the editing choices take up the top half of the screen, and the actual blog is barely visible at the bottom. One has to use the scroll bar on the right to check out what the "test" elements look like. Saving the changes and then viewing the blog is another option, but if one makes a lot of changes and isn't sure about them, that's a lot of going in and out. I can see where one can take a lot of time "designing" the look.
I'm assuming my blog will be registered this week, both on the Montgomery County blog page and in the Participants list for MC. I've downloaded the tracking log and have begun filling in the information requested.
The two exercises for Week One took me about 45 minutes to complete. The two exercises for week 2 (includng the editing of the blog mentioned above) took me about 1.5 hours. How does this compare with everyone else's time so far?