Thursday, February 23, 2012

Google Friend Connect- are we breaking up?

Am I the only one who's super confused by Google Friend Connect going away?

Despite being in the age bracket where I should be on top of my technical prowess, when it comes to these issues I've really kinda stopped going with the flow. I'm sure I've mentioned before that I'm not on facebook, or pinterest, or twitter. (gasp, I know)

It just seems like it all takes too much time.

And personally speaking, I know if I spent time interacting with those other social media outlets I wouldn't have any time leftover to actually create things to share here. So I've kept a very strict line for myself about where I focus my energies.

But that comes with a price- I don't always know what's going on in the "technical world".

So to be honest- when I first read the rumblings about GFC going away for non-blogger blogs I pretty much ignored it. I mean, I have a blogger blog so it didn't seem like it would really impact me.

But then... I started thinking about all the non-blogger blogs I follow through GFC. And about all the readers of my blog who might be subscribing using GFC without having a blogger blog.

So what the heck happens under those circumstances?

I started to worry that I needed another way for people to follow me and that I might loose the subscriptions I have to non-blogger blogs!

And what about Google Reader is that effected too?


Is it just me... or does there seem to be a severe lack of information about exactly what's going to happen come March 1st.

And frankly, even if I don't have to leave GFC now... taking it away for non-blogger sites doesn't make me feel secure that down the road it will stick around for blogger sites either!

I spent some time looking at what others have been doing and decided I'd add the Linky Followers Tool to my blog. I've seen a lot of people adding it and decided to give it a shot.

So if you'd like to follow me Linky Follower it's now on my right side bar.

I'm very new to it, and don't like change very much, but I'm trying to keep an open mind. (But I like having everything I want to read right there when I log into blogger! Google are you sure you want to take it away?)

Maybe I should just look at this forced change as an opportunity for a tiny bit personal growth in the technical/change categories.

So how are you all dealing with it?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Back with a Birdhouse

You might have noticed my little hiatus. It was a hectic week last week to begin with and then a few unexpected things happened... let's just say the back bumper of my car isn't in the same condition it was when the week started. It now bears the distinct impression of someone else's front bumper.

But I'm back... and I've brought some pictures of my finished birdhouse with me!

Usually I start out with a very specific idea of a completed craft but this project was a "creative wander" pretty much start to finish. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and it was so much fun to make decisions on what to do as I went. The finish product felt like a surprise even to me.

The blue-green board on the base is actually painted with chalkboard paint. Even though it's after Valentine's day (my original inspiration for this project) I'll still put this out on the porch and write a little "welcome" message on the board... once I buy some chalk.

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