I know, I know. Everyone has a complaint about Google and Blogger. Personally I like Blogger and I hate Google +. I don't pretend to understand why Google makes the changes it does to it's platform. I just try to go with the flow. I have a Nexus 7 tablet and I can tell you I get WONDERFUL support via phone if I have an issue, which sometimes I do, after an update. I simply go to the contact page on my online manual. Fill out a form that includes my phone number and within ONE MINUTE they call me back and help me work through a solution.

I still read my blog list through my dashboard list. I hope they never do away with it.

I noticed that Google posted the following information so I thought I would bring it to the attention of my Followers. It's pretty self explanatory so if it affects you, you may want to open a google account and follow your favorite Blogger blogs using it so you don't miss a post.

Here is what Google said:

In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer