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So Have You Been Losing Followers Too?

Hi everyone,

Have you woken up any time in the past week, and seen that you have lost a few (or a lot) of followers on your blog?

Well I have, and I know that a fair few of my bloggy friends have too. So I’m hoping that my post here will provide some insight for you.

I saw this post on my good friend’s blog and I have to say that I felt some relief. I have just gone from thinking about a 600 follower celebration, to seeing my numbers drop suddenly. And now I understand why. It isn’t me. It’s Google!

I admit to sitting there thinking “What did I do?” Grins..

But seriously.. If this is happening to you and you don’t have Bloglovin yet .. Then you NEED it.

(I’m not affiliated in any way. I use it. A growing number of people use it. And the interface is good! I have so loved using it since it first started.)

The following information is copied from my friend’s blog about google.

I think most of us have realised that something is going on with Google Friend Connect, mainly that we have lost followers over the last few weeks.  My blog friend Dawn recently shared the following information which I believe is one of the best explanations of what is happening that I have seen:

Hi everyone, have you noticed a drop in your blog followers?

Or are you missing posts on blogs you followed?

I have & I was visiting my friend Linda’s blog, when I came across a post with

the following information, which I wanted to share with you!

This explains a lot!


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 Open Id 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

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This change was due to take effect on Jan 11, but as I mentioned, I’ve already noticed

a drop in follower numbers, as have some of my other blogging friends

I apologise if this causes any inconvenience & I hope that you can create a Google account, which will allow you to continue following my blog and others, who use Blogger. 

If you do create a Google account, you will have to “Follow” blogs again, as those who didn’t

have an account will be permanently removed from our lists.  However, if you choose not

to open a Google account, you can still follow blogs using other means such as Bloglovin’, Networked Blogs, by email etc but you’ll have to check each blog individually

to see what options are available to you!.

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog & I hope that you’ll continue

to follow by whatever means suits you!

If you want to follow me on Bloglovin then click here.

If you want to read about Bloglovin then click here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

Paris Crying..

Hello everyone and a very happy Friday to you all.

Today’s card is using the latest image from Sandra Caldwell and it is called 116 Paris Crying.

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I just love this one!

To bring her to life I used my Copics in these shades:-

Cheek colour

Cheek Colour.

Clothes and earrings

Top & Earrings.

Hair

Hair.

Hat

Hat.

Skin

Skin.

Tear and Eifel Tower

Tear & Eiffel Tower.

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My papers are Echo Park Here & Now and Maja Designs Life By The Sea.

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My charm is from an old key ring which I recycled. Smiles.

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That magnificent bow is hand tied and it is from a very old silk ribbon.

My background is done with my pale blue chalk.

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My circle is from my Stitched Circle Die set from By DIEzyne, available at Dies To Die For.

All of my papers are edged in my Tim Holtz Chipped Saphire Distress Ink.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

The challenges I am entering this card into are:-

1.  Sandra Caldwell FB Group – Progressive Challenge.

2.  Chalk n Stock – Anything Goes (Must use chalk.)

3.  2 Crafty Girls – Anything Goes.

4.  Crafting With An Attitude – Anything Goes.

5.  D.L. Artful – December Linky (Anything Goes) Challenge.

Ice, Ice, Bailey!

Hello everyone!

I am very pleased to be showing you this card today.

I am excited for two reasons.. one being that I am Guest DT for Through The Craft Room Door for this week, and two I am beyond proud with how this ice wall/card turned out.

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Isn’t that just awesome?!

Seriously though, how many times have you made something and being in awe of it once it is done?

I can honestly tell you that for me it isn’t that often.

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This beautiful image is a new winter one from Little Miss Muffet Stamps, and she is called Candy Floss Crew Winter Bailey.

To bring this scene to life I used my Copics in these shades:-

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Body Warmer & Leggings.

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Boots.

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Hair.

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That amazing Ice Wall!! :0)

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Jumper.

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Lower Top & Hat.

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Skin Tones.

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Snow Floor.

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I learnt this awesome ice wall technique from Kit & Clowder Create & Learn monthly markers class.

And the whole scene was created with just my normal HB Pencil, and my Copics & White Uniball Pen. Smiles.

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Just look at all of that delicious sparkle! Grins.

The snow flake dies are Sweet Dixes from That Craft Place.

And that gorgeous bit of bling in the centre there is done with my Shimmer Stickers by Papermania.

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That gorgeous, glittery card is very old, and I was delighted to find a box of all different colours hiding at the bottom of my draw.

The purple layer card is from Papermill Direct.

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If you head on over to Through The Craft Room Door, you’ll be able to see all of the DT’s fabulous creations.

Plus, if you join in (the theme is always anything goes) you’ll be in with a chance of winning the lovely sponsor prize of a die from the Frantic Stamper store.

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Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

The challenges I am entering into are:-

Crafting From The Heart – Always Anything Goes.

Craft Your Passion – Always Anything Goes.

Crafty Cardmakers – Make It Sparkle.

All Sorts – Sparkle.

Hiding In My Craft Room – Freestyle.

Jingle Belles – Shopping Our Jingly Stash.

Shopping Our Stash – Jingle Belles Bonus Challenge.

(Yes I brought out my glitter card again for this one. I found a whole box of colours in the bottom of my draw.. An early Christmas. Grins.)

Simply Create Too – Early Holiday Wishes.  (Entry no. 2.)