This is the beginning of my 5th year of blogging and I never expected to be still at it. You see, I started a blog only to see if I could actually create one and then it
Late last year some changes were made that I was not able to overcome and it's been rather frustrating. For example, on the majority of blogs that I follow I can no longer leave a comment apparently due to the blogger using the embedded comment box .... I had no idea why this excluded me although I now know; recently overnight I lost many of my followers and learned it's because they don't have a google account ... c'mon Google, lighten up; and why do my readers have to prove they aren't robots .... I have captcha turned off and have never requested the robot to monitor my blog. Needless to say, thanks to Google's changes to Blogger there's a chill in the air. I feel like a
Back to my blog which is more of a chronicle of, as someone once referred to it, "the crap I make". ^^ I don't share much, if any, personal stuff and I don't post photos that are personal ... it's the world wide web after all and I don't want to find myself showing up somewhere I'd rather not, lol. Thus, I am aware that this makes for dull blog posts. :(
This is the official word from Google and, agree or disagree, it is what it is:
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.
Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer