Hello lovely readers!
By now you probably already know the news concerning the Google Friend Connect widget. If you don’t, the story goes something like this: Google is trying to make us all leave Facebook and join Google+ because they are so good at social media and all… Remember Google Wave? Exactly. One of the things they are doing to cleverly promote Google+ is getting rid of GFC for all non-Blogger blogs and encouraging bloggers to use Google+ instead. Now, Romance Around the Corner is powered by blogger, so technically we won’t be affected by this, at least not right now, but I’m sure that sooner rather than later they will banish GFC from Blogger as well.
So I’m going to give you some alternatives to follow the blog just in case GFC ceases to exist:
The first one, and the one that's the most similar to GFC, is subscription via RSS feed. To do that all you have to do is click on the button located on the sidebar under the label that says Connect With Us Elsewhere, is the one that looks like this:
Once you click the button you will be redirected to this page:
If you look closely you will see that there are several options to subscribe. The most common is Google Reader (can you say monopoly?) if you click there you will go to a page that looks like this:
|If you click on the image it will appear bigger (I think)|
There’s another option in which you can follow via email subscription, just enter your email here:
|This is a picture -I'm not that good- so don't try to actually enter your email here, |
go to the sidebar to see the real widget.
I don’t recommend this one just because I think it's annoying to constantly get emails from blogs, especially if you subscribe to a lot of them. Currently we have about 38 email subscribers, which BTW made my day and surprised the heck out of me. If you are one of those (thank you!) let me know if you would rather a weekly email instead of a daily one, I can change it if you all feel that it will make it less annoying.
Then there is Twitter, which is the only social media I really use and the one I enjoy the most, you can follow directly through here. We also have a Facebook page, which you can “like” here, and get links to every new post.
That’s it! I won’t get a Google+ account for the blog, I have a personal one and I’m not even sure how it works. To be honest I’m not a fan of social media and the only one I truly like is Twitter.
You don’t need to do any of these things, though. I’m happy with comments and daily page views, and I’m also thrilled and honored by all the support you have shown us so far, it’s been incredible and I thank you for that (I still can't believe we have 400+ followers!). But if you are worried about keeping track of your favorite blogs now that most of them will lose the GFC widget, then I hope this post will give you some options and help you with the transition (and maybe it will make me a little less panicky).