Sunday, January 10, 2016

If you follow this blog via Google Friend Connect...

It annoys me to have to do this, but, I'm posting this as information so that, if you don't have a gmail account and have been following Indulge Your Shelf on Google Friend connect, you won't wonder where my blog disappeared to tomorrow; I've already lost several "followers" which makes me sad AND annoyed.

For what it's worth, even though I obviously do have a gmail account, I still use Bloglovin' to follow all my favorite blogs and I really like it.  You just type in Indulge Your Shelf in the search bar and click Follow This Blog.

You can also follow this blog via Facebook by liking this page.  Then, blog posts will show up in your regular Facebook feed, or, you can visit the page whenever you want to.

And, for 99 cents per month, you can subscribe to this blog and have it delivered to your Kindle account just like your books.  I set that up as a convenience for readers when eReaders came into fashion a few years ago.

I hope no one goes away as a result of this really dumb change that Blogger is making.  Anyway, here's that information:

(From Blogger:) 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 remove 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.



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