I have been having a terrible time with WordPress.
After much research and trying several solutions, I decided the problem might be within the theme itself. So I changed the theme and spent forever getting the widgets the way I wanted them.
Then I found the answer to my problem and changed the theme back to the previous one, which I preferred. But now I can no longer find a widget that will allow people to subscribe to my blog by email. And all the widgets in the footer area are not as I would like. Oh well.