Well I am sure you all have heard by now that for whatever crazy reason, Google has decided to just do away with the Google Friend Connect Widget for WordPress users on March 1. You know, the one that we all follow blogs through??! How can they do that? Arghhh. And since I don’t want to lose any of you (because I do use WordPress), I am going to tell you what you can do to continue to keep up with my blog posts.
This is how the widget looks on my site on my sidebar.
So each time someone decides to follow my blog, or any other blog that uses GFC, that number goes up. And I’m not going to lie. Those numbers mean something! Remember how excited you were when you got your first follower? I still remember. It was an amazing feeling to know that someone actually wanted to continue reading what I would write about in the future.
When I follow a blog through GFC, that blog is automatically placed in my Google Reader, where I read blogs. So I assume that is what it does for all of you too if you follow me. And that is how I keep up with everyone, unless I subscribe. I know there are other ways of keeping up with a favorite blog and that’s what I’ll get to next.
Instead of using GFC, I would just encourage all of you to subscribe to people’s blog through RSS. That just means you choose which reader you prefer to read your blogs in, and that blog will be there if you add it. And if you use Google Reader, you can have the blog go there too when you hit the RSS button. You can subscribe to my RSS feeds here, and it’s really simple to do.
Another way to keep up is by having blog posts delivered by email. If that is the method you prefer, you can subscribe by email here, and it’s also simple to do.
I have no idea what will happen come March 1 with this widget. All I know is that it’s not going to work. And when I say not work, I don’t know if that means the widget will just disappear and you’ll lose all of your favorite blogs, or maybe they will still be there. All I know is that I don’t want to take a chance because Google has a mind of its’ own. And I don’t know how much longer I am going to keep my GFC widget on my site because people still sign up so that will just get confusing. A new follower won’t actually be following me, because I might just disappear in their eyes once this thing stops working. That sounds dramatic, I know.
So will you please still continue to follow me (or re-follow me is what I should say)? It will just take a second and I’d greatly appreciate it. You are all my friends and I don’t want to lose any friends! Just to recap, you can subscribe by RSS through the reader of your choice here, or you can subscribe by email and have my posts delivered to your inbox. Easy peasy.
Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and oh goodness I just created a Google + page like yesterday, and I have no idea what I’m doing on there, but you can follow me there too if you wish.
Really Google, why do you have to do all of these things?!
Thanks so much for understanding and for your support! And p.s.-As of now this is just supposed to be for non-blogger blogs, so for y’all using Blogger will be ok for now. But I have heard they will likely disable it on Blogger blogs as well, at some point in the future. Just something you might want to think about and encourage your readers to subscribe via RSS instead!