Hi gang! It’s with heaviness of heart and much crying (ok, not really) that I have to break the news that Google Friend Connect, as of March 2012, will be going away for us WordPress folk. All Blogger hosted blogs will still be able to use it, but for me, it will be no more. If you’re not familiar with Google Friend Connect, it’s that pretty little widget on my right sidebar that shows all of your gorjus faces (now that, I will miss!) and invites you to Join This Site. It also allows you to follow a blog with your Google Reader. So, since I switched my blog over to WordPress a few months ago, GFC will no longer be an option. With that in mind, after today, I plan to remove GFC from the site, but don’t fret! There are plenty of ways to subscribe to MBW posts, and I really hope you’ll stick with me through this transition!
Here’s what the death of Google Friend Connect (for all non-Blogger users) might mean for you:
*If you use GFC to follow blogs, you may or may not be able to see non-Blogger blog goodness in your Google Reader or Blogger Dashboard after March 1st, 2012, so please try to follow these wonderful folks in other ways. Obviously, if you have a non-Blogger blog and use GFC, you’ll want to begin offering different ways to follow and read your blog.
Here are some other ways to subscribe to My Bookish Ways:
RSS Feed: You may click here to subscribe to my RSS feed and read my posts in the reader of your choice. This is an excellent tool, and some readers that are available are Google, My Yahoo, Bloglines, Newsgator, and many more! The nifty little RSS icon is also up at the top of my page (it’s the first one on the right hand side, right next to the Twitter icon.)
Twitter: You may click here to follow me via Twitter. I tweet all of my posts and have been known to tweet other stuff as well. It’s a great tool, and I’m there far more than I should be.
Facebook: You may click here to go to my Facebook page. I post all of my blog posts on Facebook (and other fun stuff, like Facebook exclusive giveaways), so if you spend a lot of time there, it would be a great way to get your MBW updates!
Email Subscription: Enter your email address in the nifty little widget on the right sidebar, and you’ll get all of my posts in a daily email! You’ll be sure not to miss a post!
Google+: You may click here to go to my Google+ page. This is a new one for me, but seems like a fun way to make new connections and keep up with the one’s you already have, and I’ll be posting my posts there on a daily basis as well.
Tumblr: You may click here to go to my Tumblr page. This is a really, really, REALLY new one for me, so we’ll see how it goes. If anyone has any feedback as to whether they like it or not, feel free to comment!
Well, that’s about it, gang! If you have another resource that you use to keep up with your favorite blog, and would like to offer a suggestion, please, PLEASE feel free! This isn’t really a terrible thing at all, since, if you think about it, unless you are a Google Reader user, or you keep up with your bogs through your Blogger listings, it really serves no purpose other than that, and you can use RSS to show posts in your Google Reader (plus, that darn widget takes up quite a lot of space in the sidebar). For me, I think it’s much more fun to subscribe in a more active way, like Twitter, Facebook, etc, where readers can really interact with each other, don’t you?
So, there it is! Any comments or suggestions you may have, please feel free, since you know I love hearing from you. You guys have been wonderful, and now that I’m closing in on my first full year of My Bookish Ways, I hope you’ll stick with me just a little while longer:) You guys rock.
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