I believe I have finally finished updating all sequence links to the new “Link” format. Previously, I had been using a custom menu widget, and had slowly but surely been redoing these links one at a time until just recently having finished the final link. Now it is much easier to move sequence links from “coming” to “new” to “featured,” &c. So… I have finally dispensed with the old menu widget in favor of a new crop of “link” widgets. I thought I would never get it done. But it has finally been completed.
On the gripe side of things: The Zemanta plugin appears not to be working any longer. Did wordpress.com dispense with their relationship with Zemanta? I really found it quite useful, and, if it is true that Zemanta is gone, I will mourn its loss. But what can one do?