I have corrected a couple of longstanding problems on the 'blog today.
The Blogroll links now point to weblogs rather than their associated feeds. My blogroll is generated automatically from my subscriptions in Newsgator. I corrected the links by replacing '$xmlurl$' with '$link$' in the blogroll settings.
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With Blogger, you change this setting in formatting under the Settings tab.