Announcement for my followers

As some of you have been aware, Google has announced a few months ago that they will be retiring the Google Friend Connect (GFC) widget, also known as the Followers gadget for all non-Blogger sites. (see announcement) Which means, WordPress blogs (like The Arty Carty blog) and other sites that utilize this feature will no longer be able to.

I have done some research and found a few ways for you to continue following my blog:

1) Follow me using my RSS feed (it’s the link that says “RSS – post” on my sidebar)

- this is the closest alternative to the Follow me gadget. It allows you to subscribe to my post and stream them automatically to a variety of readers (including Google reader).

2) “Like” me using the Facebook Fan Box on my sidebar.

- This will allow my post to stream directly onto your facebook account and it also allows you to leave comments and interact with me much like Facebook. (ditto to Twitter , if you have  a Twitter account)

3) Google recommends that in place of a GFC widget that Bloggers create a Google+ page and add a badge to their sidebar. (that’s the G+ button you see on my sidebar). The problem with this is that the features are completely different. Google+ is 100% a social network. It allows you to follow and interact with people and businesses much like Facebook, but its not a way to subscribe to a blog.

I look forward to your continued support on my RSS feed, Facebook/Twitter or G+.

Thanks my friends.



Miss you …

It’s such a whirlwind going to CHA, meeting old and new people, then coming home to more whirlwind with a 2 yr old that wouldn’t stop and doesn’t go to school yet (aka – no recovery time for me).

I made this card just before CHA but never got around to posting it – now is the opportune time cause I feel like I miss the fairytale of CHA, all my blogland friends that I got to meet, my leisurely meals without getting up 20 times to cater to the whims of my children, the fact that I can get food without having to cook it and clean up – I just miss my entire experience.

Thank you to my friends who embraced me with open arms and made my trip awesome. And a special thanks to Laura Mann Weed for everything you have done.

My card was made with Stampendous Vintage typewriter stamp set, Basic Grey Paper and Prima trims.