It helps to have a little operation named “Google” behind you. The free blogs from Blogger.com have trashed those big fat ad banners and replaced it with a svelte navigation bar.
As reported by the designer Douglas Bowman of stopdesign, there are 4 flavors to choose from, and the bar adds a blog search function (way overdue), a BlogThis button that helps other bloggers blog your blog (get it?), and a button that jumps to another random blog.
Okay, it is not earth shattering, but added to the new mature templates, it makes Blogger blogs look and act less like cheesy free sites.
Note the Blogger bloggers- you need to use the Template tools to select which navbar to apply, and then republish your blog. You may also need to reload in your browser to clear the cached version. See the help pages for details, another thing they are doing well by providing a comprehensive authoring guide.
Not much to be seen there yet. I gotta learn it as I build it.
The post "Blogger is Growing Up (Slimming Down?) New Navbar replaces Ads" was originally dropped like a smoking hot potato at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/08/blogger-is/) on August 17, 2004.