So far it looks like everyone really likes the useability of the old rather than the flash and pretty of the newer.
I have found and added the linkwithin feature so that my older posts will show up - directing new readers to old blogs.
I do like the style of the new - however, I already sent off a message to Google stating that I would much prefer to have the new "Dynamic" look if they kept a small side bar allowing for the follow me, past links and friend blog posts.
I most likely will go with the Dynamic style on my food blog (I only have 9 followers after 2 years not really worried about losing what I don't have)
This way at least it will LOOK pretty if not useable ;) and yes to answer your
Thank you everyone for you great feedback!