I must be living on another planet! Although it was announced in late 2011, I only recently learned that, as of March 1st, Google Friend Connect (GFC) subscriptions will no longer work for blogs that aren’t hosted on Google’s Blogger. Unfortunately, it applies to me as I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress last year. (Apparently, its part of Google’s big ‘strategy’ to force more of us bloggers over onto Google+. )
So what does it all mean?
If you didn’t subscribe to my blog by clicking on Google Friend Connect (that big box of smiling faces in my sidebar), then it won’t impact you at all. In fact, you don’t even need to continue reading this post. Luckily, most of my followers are in this group. Phew!
But if you did subscribe through Google Friend Connect – and most of my longest blog followers and other bloggers following me are in this category – it means that after March 1st my blog posts will no longer show up in your Google Reader. (Gee, thanks a lot Google, you stinkers.) And, sadly, the cute subscriber box with your 245 smiling faces is now gone from my sidebar since I can no longer offer GFC as a subscription option.
What to do?
Luckily, there’s a super easy solution that will take just seconds. I know you are all super-duper busy, and this is a big giant pain in the bum, but I don’t want to lose you! PLEASE, pretty PLEASE, I would appreciate it soooooo much if you’d take a quick moment to….
Click the orange button below.
When prompted, choose ‘Google+’, then ‘Google Reader’.
Voila, you’ll keep on getting my posts in Google Reader as usual!
The same thing applies to any other non-Blogger blogs you follow in Google Reader that were subscribed to via Google Friend Connect. Come March 1st, you may find that many of your favorite blogs are no longer appearing in Google Reader. Before that happens, I’d encourage you to change your method of subscription to these blogs as well.
I know, I know – how in the heck can you remember how you subscribed to these blogs? Many of us have been following blogs for years. Personally, I follow over a hundred home decor blogs, and I’ve subscribed to them different ways. What a nightmare.
The other confusing thing is that its often hard to tell whether a blog is hosted on Blogger or on WordPress or another platform. A big clue that it isn’t a ‘Blogger’ blog is when the web domain address does not have the word ‘blogspot’ in it (although this doesn’t always hold true).
All in all, it’s gonna be messy for awhile.
Anybody have any advice for quick fixes? Please share!!
Thanks so much. I appreciate every one of you!