Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Jenny asked yesterday "By the way do you have a blogger follower button? I can't find one and Network Blogs seems to require one to share information with facebook = something I don't like doing any more."
The Networked Blogs and Facebook issue is a vexed one. I joined Facebook to see what it was like and, for me, it is a way of keeping up with the daily dos of some of my New Zealand friends when I'm in Scotland and vice versa. I've found, for example, that when the Rugby World Cup matches are being played I can share comments with those of my friends who are also watching. It's hardly important stuff but it is a way of communicating with people I don't see or speak to very often when I'm on the opposite side of the globe. I've also been sharing facts and stories about my Prep School with others who went to it. I joined Networked Blogs originally with my A Hebridean in New Zealand blog simply because other friends in New Zealand had put their blogs on. Not a compelling reason but there we are and I've met some lovely people as a result.
I'm not, however, an admirer of FB and I don't like their intrusive habits. But anyone who wants to find out about me (and frankly I'm not sure who would in my case) can do so quite easily so I've given up caring.
As far as the button to follow this blog is concerned there is one. In theory it is always there but I know from comments others have made that it can not always be seen. I can see it and have copied here what I can see in the sidebar. If you can see the blue 'Join this site' button then you can join as a Google account holder (and, I think, in other circumstances too). This does not join you to Facebook and Networked Blogs as well. In fact I've now moved the Networked Blogs widget. I hope that helps.
Posted by Graham Edwards at 15:44