I know what you mean about the selection.  The functionality of the blogs seem to be good, but the templates they are using in this "beta" (you must remember it is still beta, hopefully they will provide more on release) are mostly pretty sad.  I know MS has a great graphics department that can do better than these.

For my blog spaces.msn.com/members/Rocko/ , I selected the Autumn template.  It seems easy enough to read, but I would have used a larger text.

They should at least provide the abilty to supply your own background image.

I think MS has done a great job on what they have at this point, but I would like to see a greater selection of templates.

Rocky Moore