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.




  1. Fleur Smith says:

    Thanks for the heads up I had no idea followers was going to be disappearing, love your blog :)

  2. I “liked” you on FB (on the sidebar) – hope that works.

  3. divinity says:

    hi there! a lot of bloggers are switching to LINKY FOLLOERS. it sounds a lot less complicated than liking on facebook and the google+. if you’re interested…there’s information about it on my blog:

    good luck! :)

  4. sarah says:

    tfs !!

  5. Winnie says:

    Saw your post on Splitcoast. I wanted to tell you that your blog is lovely. It is very easy on the eyes and really showcases your cards nicely. It reminds me of the New York Times!