Since google started trying to counter microsofts bing compain of "scroogle" it really has been bad. Let me state this disclaimer since microsoft likes to pay people off, misleading their users and violate the FTC guidelines and FTC ACT. I am neither being paid for or do I work for microsoft, I am against most things they do.With that being stated now I can continue on with this topic matter.
Let me explain how exactly how it has really been bad, since then google tried making their own social networking service, at first it was actually useful to post to seeing how anything you posted automatically became one of the first things that would come up in googles search, if they would have left it alone it would be more useful than it is now. The problem now is that they incorporated youtube, forcing youtube users to doing so which no longer makes posting to google+ SEO. Now its more worthless than trying to post something to facebook and hope someone will click on it. No one will because no one is actually watching except for a small percentage of people who really wont care.
Along with that searching for just about anything in google now a days is terrible because of they tried to keep the same system but the problem is a million different people posted something containing the same word on google+ which isn't what you want. So if you are a up coming content creator your content will be burried deeper in googles search engine because of this, you will have to pay google off to get higher up regaurdless of SEO, and you will be lucky to even get in googles elite search engine because now its only grabbing certain websites. I only got my domain name in because when it was worth posting to google+ I posted a link to it, and google really only has that google+ link in the google search engine. So the post is there but not my website. I have gone through 4 different sites since I registered it with webmaster, all of them the same domain, and its been since 2008 and its still not officially in google's search engine. I even went with google's site creator this time.
This blog, and blogger as a whole has been basically dead for a while. Sure you can randomly go from blog to blog, but I don't think its as random as google would like you to think. I sat down one day and ended up on the same persons blog four different times, knowing that there is a sea of people that use this site to post their thoughts concerns and ideas and sharing them with others that may or may not view their blog pages.
As for googles site creating tools, they really are not that useful, they are extremely limited, and actually prevent someone from hand coding the whole thing, which is a bummer. The only thing good I have seen from google in the last few years is the progress android has made but even that is far behind things like windows 8 voice recognition, and iOS's and windows 8 voice recognition is a joke.