You might be wondering why is this place so quiet, the answer is that I've been sick =[ I spent about 2 weeks in bed and that made me be super behind on work, so up to today I've been only trying to catch up with work having absolutely no time to stop by this little blog. It makes me so sad when I can't come and play with you guys!
One cool thing was that right before I got sick I decided to upgrade to an iPhone. Ken tried to convinced me for about a year before I actually decided I wanted one, I think I refused way too long =] right? – I had a chance to play with it while in bed and I have to say I LOVE IT. Among other things, I finally joined Instagram and even tho I am still trying to figure it out, I think it's pretty awesome.
So hopefully now that I am feeling better I'll get to share some previews and stuff there, so let me know if you are on Instagram too, I am HowJoyful there =] I don't really have many pictures and most of them are of Curly but hey! he's a very cute subject.
On another note, even though the news of Google discontinuing Google Friend Connect has been all over the blog world for quite some time now. I wanted to share my frustration and sadness about it, as of March 1st they stopped the support for all non-Blogger blogs, so what does that mean for HowJoyful? Since I use WordPress the little widget on my sidebar (the white box below my ad) that used to say “follow this blog” is will no longer work (I just still have not erased it hoping Google will change their minds – hopeful thinking never hurts), but that is not really what makes me sad/mad, it's the fact that everyone that used to get updated to their readers via Google Friend Connect will not longer get it.
I was actually super happy to almost reach 1,000 readers on GFC and I wanted to celebrate it with something special (GFC was about 1/4 of my total audience so it is a pretty big deal to me), but that same week I heard for the first time that Google decided to eliminate Google Friend connect along with a few other Google services that are not very popular (it was pretty late already, I could have tryed to write a post to warn everyone before they stopped delivering updates, but I've been so out of the loop while sick). Right now Google is recommending to create Google+ Pages and add their widget, but keeping up with yet another page/social media and start from scratch will be hard, I just don't know if it will be worth the effort.
My readers are super important to me, I know that if you bother to read my blog there is something I must be doing right. I just treasure each one of you, so I just can't get over the fact that every blog that is not hosted with Blogger will not be able to use GFC anymore, I kind of understand that Google is protecting their own blogs, but their solution could and should have been better than just say “start all over with Google+ pages”.
I am so sad I have no way to let all of those readers about this change =[ so I just really hope some of them will visit, realize that they are not getting the updates and re-subscribe… ( what a pain for all of them!) And just in case you are one of them and are reading this post, there are a lot of other ways to get updates when a new post is published:
- You can subscribe to the RSS feed.
- Add this blog to Google Reader
- Follow via Bloglovin'
- Get email delivery
- You can like our Facebook Page
- Follow on Twitter
Anyways, enough with the GFC issue because I am very excited to be back and feeling better =] I hope you guys missed me! because I sure did =] I know I still owe a few tutorials I showed the previews for, so I'll try to post them soon (I have so many half done post drafts right now… but I'm working on it!) I've missed you all so much!
I hope you all have a lovely day!