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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to Follow My Blog, New Design & Book Update

Sorry for a double post today but it has come to my attention that Google Friend Connect (GFC) will be discontinued for all NON-BLOGGER FOLLOWERS as of March 1, 2012. To read the entire announcement, please visit this page on Google. To recap, we’re in the process of shutting a number of products which haven’t had the impact we’d hoped for, integrating others as features into our broader product efforts, and ending several which have shown us a different path forward. Overall, our aim is to build a simpler, more intuitive, truly beautiful Google user experience. In terms of the details, here is the latest update:

  • Google Friend Connect—Friend Connect allows webmasters to add social features to their sites by embedding a few snippets of code. We're retiring the service for all non-Blogger sites on March 1, 2012. We encourage affected sites to create a Google+ page and place a Google+ badge on their site so they can bring their community of followers to Google+ and use new features like Circles and Hangouts to keep in touch.
How to Follow My Blog
So, what exactly does this mean? Well, if you do not have a Blogger Account, you will no longer be able to follow my blog under the section called Follow My Blog (ex. Wordpress users). You can; however follow my blog in several other ways. Simply pick the one that you prefer best! 

1. Follow by Email: Simply enter your email address into the box and after Feedburner acknowledges that you are a "real person" by verifying your address, you will receive an email directly into your inbox every time I create a new post. 

2. RSS Feed/Email: Click on the RSS Feed/Email link next to the "orange" button and it will also take you to Feedburner so that you can subscribe

3. Twitter: You can find me at!/CarriesExpKtchn or simply click on the link next to the "t" that says "Follow us on Twitter". You must have a Twitter account in order to follow me.

4. Facebook:  You can find me at or simply click on the link next to the "f" that says "Join us on Facebook". You must have a Facebook account in order to follow me.  

5. Pinterest: You can find me at or click on the "p" icon and it will take you there. You must have a Pinterest account in order to follow me. 

6. Google+: This is the newest way to follow on Google and you can find my page at or click on the "g+" icon and it will take you there.  I'm still feeling my way around this one but hopefully it will grow with time. 

7. Scan my blog with your SmartPhone: I explained this here in an earlier post today. 

I hope this helps, I would certainly hate to lose any of you! If you have any questions, please email me at

New Blog Design
I inadvertently tried a new blog design to see what the new features were and it would not allow me to revert back to my original layout (even after I saved my template). So, I created this one instead. I hope you like it, I think it's a lot "cleaner" looking personally. I tried to keep everything in it's same location so as not to confuse you too much. Let me know your thoughts below! 

Book Update
I just received the revisions from the publisher. They have some great suggestions but I have a bit of work to do to make it PERFECT! I'll try to continue with my daily posts and Facebook updates but forgive me ahead of time if I'm a little absent over the next week or so. 

 Lastly, I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for reading my blog. I truly appreciate you tuning in each day! <3 


  1. This is really good info...I have a feeling I'm gonna have to refer back to it a few times before it all sinks in though.

    I started following by RSS several months ago and I live by my Google Reader. Best thing ever.

    I'll die if they ever take that away from me.

    1. I have to start using that. Everyone seems to have their own preferences on communication so I'm trying to cover all bases. :)

  2. Connectivity is a big factor when it comes to web traffic. Good thing that you are able to provide a few ways on how your visitors can follow your blog. Talking about your new blog design, I haven't seen your old blog, but by just looking at your new design, it is indeed neat and organized. Your visitors, including me, will not be lost here. LOL! And I like the font style, too! :)


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