I changed from Blogger to WordPress over a year ago because I could have my website and my blog together. I also liked many of the themes and layouts and found it easy to use.
I still prefer WordPress, though there is one thing I don’t like and it’s a recent thing: Google Friends Connect isn’t available for it anymore.
So, how to expand on followers from now on? Tough question, but I think I solved it.
I thought about adding the Networked Blogs widget to the sidebar, but I’m not sure about that yet. Then, I added a RSS button (the orange button on the bottom footer under the Find Me On feature).
Clicking on it, you can add my blog to practically any reader (including Google) or receive my posts through email.
The downside? It doesn’t show how many followers I have on my blog (I bet there is some plugin for it, though). I know it sounds stupid, but when we first visit a blog, we all scroll down to look at how many followers the blogs have, isn’t it true? So, wanting or not, it does matter.
If you were a follower from the GFC before it went extinct, don’t worry. You’re still my follower and will keep receiving my posts through Google reader. At least, I think you are.
UPDATE: I just changed my Google profile—I have now a personal profile and a professional profile—and because of that I’m re-following everyone and, when possible, I add directly to my Google Reader. So, if you don’t see me on your following gadget, don’t worry! You’re on my reader ;)
If you’re not on blogger either, how are you dealing with following issues? Do you guys use Google Reader, or any other reader? What do you think of Networked Blogs? Any thoughts are welcomed.