Blogger DeIndexing Archives?

If I’m reading the Note at the bottom of this Blogger support page correctly, Blogger no longer plans to support an archive index file. Not good. An archive index is the necessary focal point of a weblog archive, whence stem all links to past archive pages. While including a full archive index on your front page may give more immediate access to weblog archives, the larger archive list of a longtime weblog can take up precious resources, slowing down page loading, increasing bandwidth usage, and lengthening sidebars. I hope Blogger reconsiders on this; I wouldn’t want to be tied down to an archive list that couldn’t stand on its own.