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Goodbye, Google Friend Connect!

Do you have a Google Friend Connect gadget on your blog? On March 1, this gadget will be retired from non-Blogger blogs.

According to the announcement, Blogger (Blogspot) blogs will not be affected. If you have a non-Blogger blog (TypePad, WordPress, etc.), I highly recommend encouraging your GFC followers to follow your blog in another way, such as:

  • in a reader via RSS feed
  • subscribe by email
  • through your facebook page
  • through a Google + page
Even if you do have a Blogger blog, it's not a bad idea to encourage your readers to subscribe to your blog in another manner. Creating more avenues for readers to stay informed of new blog posts is never a bad thing!

Do you have more information about the GFC issue? If so, please share in a comment below! :)

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Easy Animated Rainbow Links and Post Titles


There is a really cool gadget that you can add to your blog that makes links and post titles change colors when they are hovered over. To see an example of this effect, mouse over any link or post title on this test blog. Neat-o torpedo!

To get this effect on your blog, hop on over to Spice Up Your Blog and follow the directions on the post. The gadget is REALLY easy to install. It's easy to remove if you don't like the effect. Just delete the gadget from your page elements page.

Let me know if you try this. I'd love to see it! :)

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How To Back Up Your Blog List

I've been working with Blogger templates for several years now. Back in the old days, I used to have to backup and reinstall every single sidebar item whenever I made big changes to a template. What a drag!

Blogger now gives us the option to keep current widgets when switching templates. This saves time (awesome), but it gives bloggers a false sense of security that everything will be the same once a new template is installed. When you opt to keep your widgets, most things will still be there, but they may be in different locations on your blog. You'll probably have to drag some things back to where they belong. No biggie.

Unfortunately, I have found out the hard way that blog lists often do not survive the switch, even when opting to keep the current widgets. If you include every blog that you follow on your blog list, replacing it is as easy as checking the box to import blogs from your Google Reader in the blog list gadget box. If you only show select blogs in your blog list, I highly recommend backing it up before making major changes to your template.

Here's an easy way to do so:
1. Go to your blog's homepage and scroll down to your blog list.

2. Right click on the topmost blog (NOT INDIVIDUAL POST) and select "Copy Link Location" or "Copy Shortcut".

3. Open up a new word processing/notepad document and paste the link into it. The only thing you need is the link/url for each blog. You do not need to save the titles.

Continue this process for all of the blogs on your list. When you're finished, you'll have a list of the urls to your favorite blogs. You may have to reinstall the blog list gadget if it accidentally gets deleted, but at least you'll have all the information you need in one place. So much better than having to visit every single blog to get the url for it. Now that would be a hassle!

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