Blogger as a blogging platform has kind of been on the wane. And with the way Google has a history of pulling the plug on products somewhat abruptly, it wouldn't have surprised me if they announced on Monday that they were sunsetting Blogger at some point in the not too distant future.
Instead, for the first time in quite a few years, they announced that they've released 4 new native Blogger themes for people to give their blogs a nice little (mobile-friendly) face lift. Talk about overdue.
Introducing: Contempo, Soho, Emporio, & Notable.
The new themes can be found in your blog dashboard, and can be easily customized with Blogger's simple to use WYSIWYG tools. Honestly, as I've tried other 3rd party themes over the years, and found the biggest issue to be the fact that customization usually required some bit of coding to get it how I wanted it to look, or afterward still wouldn't care to load pages particularly quickly. This immediately solves those issues.
Are the 4 new themes perfect? No. Is Blogger anywhere near as customizable as Wordpress? No, but they're a step in the right direction, and I'm happy they invested resources in this minor, yet needed update.
If you use a Blogger blog, check them out. I flipped this blog over to the "Contempo" theme in a matter of minutes.