Google+ has already been out for a long time but I never hopped on the bandwagon because honestly, I feel overwhelmed already with all these social networking platforms already out there. But seeing as how Google seems to be the leading search engine site now, signing up for Google+ may be beneficial for bloggers looking to increase their site visibility.
There's a ton of articles online explaining how linking your blog to your Google+ Profile or Google+ Page will help increase CTR (click through rates) up to 150%. So it's something to look into if you're a blogger looking to drive more traffic into your site.
Here are some helpful articles I came across that instruct you on exactly that : "Idiot Proof Guide to Google Authorship Markup" by N.Patel on Quicksprout.com and "How to Get Google to Display Profile in Search Results" by B. Gardner.
Those of you already on Google+ please feel free to follow me and I will do the same :)
Also, the blog has undergone quite a transformation recently. I did my own html and CSS coding in the past, but ultimately I am not a professional web designer, so I purchased a professionally made blogger template on an Etsy store called Mlekoshi.
I love the clean, minimalist design of their templates and the reasonable pricing. The one I purchased is called "Mary Lou" and was $35. I also liked that I was able to customize some aspects of the template to my liking, such as the page and column widths and font colors.
If you are contemplating getting a professionally made blogger template, I would highly suggest Mlekoshi. There are also many other reasonably priced premade templates from other sellers on Etsy as well.