Hello, lovely readers!
Inspired by Eclectically Vintage, who was in turn inspired by It's So Very Cheri, I've decided to host my own Linky Followers Blog Hop Party!
The reason? Google Friend Connect is disappearing on February 29 for anyone that is not on the Blogger platform, and it might even disappear for Bloggers as well. Linky Followers is a new tool similar to Google Friend Connect that blog writers on all platforms can use to follow other blogs. Those without blogs can use it, too! I just signed up for it (for free), and it took me about 9 minutes to finish creating my profile.
Linky Followers has certain features that Google Friend Connect does not. One I especially appreciate is the control I have over how my profile appears. The company also promises not to divulge its users' personal information.
Disclaimer: I copied the wording of the remainder of this post from Eclectically Vintage, who I believe got it in part from It's So Very Cheri.
1. You MUST have the LINKY FOLLOWERS tool on your site to participate. (You can have both LINKY FOLLOWERS & Google Friend Connect on your site but you must have LINKY FOLLOWERS to participate in this blog hop party).
2. You MUST follow me through Linky Followers (leave me a message and I'll follow you back).
Click here to follow this blog and view my other followers...
3. Just add your blog button to the LINKY PARTY below.
You can have your own open Blog Hop Linky Party!
4. Just grab the BLOG HOP code (find the code right under the Linky Party where it says CLICK HERE TO ENTER - just under that it says: WHAT IS A BLOG HOP? GET THE CODE HERE. Copy the code and paste on your site. The link party will appear on your site, too. Adding the Blog Hop code to your site will get you new followers (see rule #2).
You can grab information from my post if it helps you with your post.
5. Then you follow other bloggers, as many as you want.
Just leave a comment on each one of the blogs you follow letting them know you're following in Linky Followers and asking that they follow you back.
And remember to leave me a message so I can follow you back!
And now for the Hausfrau's personal musings on this subject:
If enough people sign up, maybe Linky Followers will catch on as the industry standard for all bloggers. Google Friend Connect was horribly buggy, probably due in part to the fact that Google had stopped putting so much effort into it since the company knew it would be phased out anyway. For what it's worth, my goal in hosting a blog hop is not to gain a bunch of followers just for the sake of having more followers, but rather to introduce my readers to what I consider an acceptable alternative to the soon-to-be-obsolete Google Friend Connect.
(If you are viewing this in Google Reader, the Linky Followers blog hop list will not show up. Try visiting the original website instead.)