I think I need to trim down my blog template

It seems like my blog loads slowly. The title graphic will appear, and then I’ll wait a very long time for the rest of the page to appear. Does that happen to anyone else?

I didn’t code the site by hand. I used Dreamweaver to make it look the way I wanted to, and then edited in the Blogger template tags in Notepad. Maybe there is something in my code that is bloating everything. Or maybe I use too many images. Any suggestions?

Really, I will have to turn everything into CSS anyway when I make the move to WordPress. Maybe that will solve the problem?

[Edit 12:55pm:] I just noticed that IE tries to block my images and Blogger cookies due to my current privacy settings. Is that slowing the load time down? Is this problem caused by using Blogger, IE, both?