I'm not a fan of Google's new look for GMail or Blogger. I use GMail on a daily basis, many times per day. I use Blogger enough, almost daily, to at least check if any new comments came up on this blog or to write up some draft ideas rumbling around in my head.
Both GMail and Blogger complain now when I log in using Firefox / Iceweasel 3.5, which is what ships with Debian Squeeze. They tell me my browser is out of date and that my experience won't work well. This is for a browser that's not that old and is still supported with security updates from Debian. GMail also reverts to the old school plain HTML version which isn't pretty and for some reason keyboard shortcuts and priority inbox are disabled (very annoyed at that).
I'm taking my email to IMAP, goodbye GMail web interface, and I've rolled back Blogger's new look to the older version. If I'm on someone else's computer or using my wife's iPhone, I'll deal with GMail's web access. The worst part of this is before the new GMail and Blogger interfaces went live, neither complained about using Firefox / Iceweasel 3.5 and everything worked as I liked.
I'm seriously considering taking my email business elsewhere, possibly to FastMail where I can avoid ads and get my own domain for a very reasonable price. For blogging, in the past I had tried Tumblr but wasn't impressed. I'm going to take a serious look at Posterous. I do all my blog editing in the HTML mode on Blogger anyway, losing some editing features isn't a concern.
I'd love to say goodbye to Google. It's looking like it will be easier every day. I don't think that's a good thing.
PS: Google AdWords, not worth it. So far, with thousands of ad impressions on my blog, I've make a nice $2.50 over 6 months. Not even enough that Google will pay me (gotta hit $10 for that). Don't blog for the money, blog for the reputation, skills, to help others, and because you want to improve your writing. Future post on that ;)