Tuesday, June 25, 2013


H e l l o   F r i e n d s !

I wanted to let you guys know about a change that will be happening very soon, in regard to Google Friend Connect that will impact all blog followers in the way that you will no longer get updates from this blog, or any other blogs you follow through Google Friend Connect (The little widget that you follow blogs through Google Friend Connect, which is usually found on blog sidebar), which is the biggest form of followers for most bloggers. So here is the deal, in a couple weeks (I am not sure of the official date, but I know it is within a few weeks) Google Friend Connect will no longer be available and if you don't transfer your blog subscriptions to another subscription/following website such as Bloglovin' or Networked Blogs then you will loose those updates from new posts from your favorite blogs.
To be honest, I'm not sure why Google has decided to remove Google Friend Connect, since that is the main form of followers for most bloggers, and it is a big change. I've tried researching it on the Internet, and can't figure out if it is really shutting down, or if it's just a rumor. However I've been hearing about it from several reliable sources, and even Bloglovin' has sent out an email confirming the closing of Google Friend Connect, so I am pretty sure that GFC is really shutting down. For me, I don't see why they would do this, as Google Friend Connect is a part of Google and only complicates things for both bloggers and blog readers. But for whatever reason, Google Friend Connect will not longer be available very soon. So here is what you can do to not loose all your blog subscriptions, both subscriptions to this blog, and all the others you follow.
In order to keep your blog followers (If you are a blogger) or blog subscriptions (If you are a blog reader), I'd recommend signing up for Bloglovin' which is similar to your Google Dashboard updating subscriptions. Signing up is simple and easy, and once you sign up you will have the option to transfer all your Google subscriptions to Bloglovin, so that you don't have to go and re-follow every single blog manually. Which, by the way, the way to do this is to go to Bloglovin' and do a search with the title of the blog you are looking for, and if the blog is on Bloglovin, which most are, then there will be a "Follow" button which you will click to begin getting updates on that blog in your feed. While there are probably other websites that you can use to continue following all your favorite blogs, such as Networked Blogs, I have found that a lot of people are switching to Bloglovin' (I have and find it to be easy to use and just like your Blogger Dashboard Subscriptions) and I'm pretty sure they have a app for smart phones which makes it easy to read blogs on a smart phone or tablet.
Also, you can continue to follow this blog through Bloglovin (A button that will take you directly to this blogs page on Bloglovin's website can be found on the sidebar, or you could search "The Literary Maidens" in the search bar on Bloglovin'.) as well as through email (Also located on the sidebar). If you have any questions regarding this change or Bloglovin' then just leave a comment and let me know and I'll do my best to answer it for you. Have a blessed day!

~ The Literary Maidens

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