Sorry to say I was finally forced into switching from the old to the new blogger. They really did not give me a choice. And, just as I suspected, it also flushed all my links along with all customizations I made. As Elvis would say, "Thank you very much!"
I'll try to get the links back up. All my pals and acquaintances must be wondering why I'm so anti-social all the sudden. T'wasn't me! It was the software!