Is Blogger slowly starting to wipe out hacks, in preparation for some big close down on such freedom regarding customization of one's blog?
As it is now
Blogger currently boasts of the greatest customizability of all the other blogging platforms. Blogger literally opens itself to any sort of hackery and implementation that one might think up of. This makes Blogger the choice platform for the high end power users. You'll find some of the brightest and most creative coders using Blogger. This is good! A blog is meant to be personal, and what better way than to give full freedom to the users. The pitfall is just a simple navbar on top, which can (legally) be removed by hosting on your own domain or FTP server.
It lacks a few features which has become a necessity over the past few years, but there are hackers popping every day who are trying to bridge that gap as well with their elite scripts and codes. Blogger never stops us using those, even if it means we max out their servers sometimes trying to test them out, or implementing them!
How much easier and better can it get?
What they are trying
Slowly as Blogger roles out the new features like categories (the biggest hacking area for us hackers), a lot of hacks will go out of use. We'll then have to try and think up of new ways of doing things, and if there is something Blogger has missed out, script our way around it. Of course, nothing can truly wipe out scripters and hackers, since a power platform such as Wordpress itself has countless hacks, it will surely make hacking a little less fun since many of the features which saw our creativity being tested to the limit, will get implemented natively!
This will be the situation which I am predicting people like Avatar will be waiting for. It will soon become a playground for the thinkers, rather than the coders. In the 6-7 months that I've been coding, I've come to realize that if you can think it, you can code it. The key word being think. There is much more value in the market for thinkers rather than slogging programmers.
Blogger is slowly trying to rope in the majority of the crowd by making itself rich with the features which are now taken for granted in every blogging platform, but in the process, its also turning the tide of what we perceive as a power user today!