After my previous blog post about being a so called no-reply Blogger, and changing the things on my blog. I thought the troubles with Blogger were over. Wrong answer. If you have a Google+ connection, you can change your settings now (see tutorial link in previous post) and after a while... tadaaaa!! Google/Blogger has undone your happy change again. Which leaves you with exactly the same problem as before.
Today I came across another issue with Blogger. Turns out that a whole lot of Blogger users (including me) are facing problems with Google Friend Connect. You know, the followers-gadget in your sidebar where you can find your blog friends and where new followers can join. (The old gadget from Blogger. Not the new one from Google+.) And here it doesn't matter if you're using Google+ or not.
It doesn't work properly anymore. A lot of us can't join another blog through that gadget anymore, but get a blank pop up screen with a message that starts with "We're sorry, ..."
On the product forum of Google there are many threads with questions about this. But no proper answer from Google so far... Just so you know. You might already have encountered this problem and wondered what was going on.
IS THERE A SOLUTION TO FIX THIS?
My dear blog friend Kirsty told me gave me the solution below:
If you get a blank pop up window
with the text "We're sorry, yadayadayada" like I do, then do this:
Look at the Google Friend Connect gadget.
See those two tiny squares top right of it?
Click on those.
It will open the "follow" pop up window.
There you still have the same yada yada message in the box on the right.
Next to the button "follow" (which doesn't work)
there is a button "more options".
Click that one.
On the next screen click on "follow"
and on the screen after that again "follow".
That's it! Wooohoooo!!! (Little dance going on here.) Kirsty, you rock!
Thanks girl for giving me this trick.
If it is still not working... Try patience and acceptance? And may be add another followers gadget to your sidebar, like Bloglovin.
Google says they're working on it. But may be they just want us to use Google+ instead? Well, we'll see where the Blogger-wind will blow us :-)
All images are paintings and drawings by one of my favourite painters,
John William Waterhouse (1849-1917).
Wishing you a happy week.