I still can't get to the Dashboard to read all the new posts but I did find a circuitous route to being able post this message.

 

From someone else's blog, I clicked on the envelope to send a private massage, which took me to the message sending window, where I now had access to the Dashboard dropdown menu, the one that allows us to access settings, friends, shelf, etc. I navigated to BLOG and from there have been able to make this post. 

 

Absolutely insane!