It's very strange, Amanda, but I didn't. Never happened before in gmail, but always a first time, alas.
On the matter at hand. First attempt? Wouldn't have guessed! I personally think it's coming right along. Some will be bothered that there's no background outside the blog area. I am emphatically NOT one of them; when I tweak a template, any template, the first thing I do is kill any extra background. Makes things instantly seem less cluttered.