Thanks to The Cat On My Head for hosting this week's Selfie Blog Hop. You Rock. Also, please continue to purr for Fiona, who still is sick.
Now some very IMPORTANT NEWS from Blogger, which I found by going into my Dashboard and I just happened to click on "Overview" which I hardly ever do. Scroll down and you'll see the message, which I have copied here because Blogger said we could share.
"In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs."
"As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remAove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count."
We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.
Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer "
They have already had 800+ comments, so I doubt they are going to change their minds. We're stuck. I am thinking about changing mine over to Word Press, if I can find someone to do it for me. It's way over my head and M's head - she said.
A suggestion for those of you who don't have Google accounts, you can follow me by email and you will be notified every time I post a new blog. If you know my history, I don't post every day - I'm lucky if I can do it once a week so you won't be overwhelmed with messages in your inbox.
Thanks pals. I hope I don't lose too many followers as I don't have all that many the way it is. Blogger is making it very difficult.
Now let's all Blog Hop!