As expected the people at Google have forced the switch upon me, as they said they were going to do. So far I have noticed no major issues with anything, but I am willing to bet that will not remain the case for too long. I can't say that I am overly pleased with Blogger for forcing the issue, tho. It reminds me too much of the governments way of doing business. On a more positive note the new version does seem to be a bit faster than the original, so they get a grudging tip of the hat for now.
Now to see if I am willing to "label" all of my previous posts or just leave things be.