DIY Friends and Following + Something New!

Hellooooo DIY friends! I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Google Friend Connect is going away for WordPress blogs and know that I recently made the switch from Blogger to WordPress to clean things up around here. Change is scary to begin with and having change affect my readers breaks my heart. Thankfully there are other options in order to stay up-to-date!

ANNOUNCING THE NEWEST WAY TO FOLLOW:

Bloggers know a good “follower” tool is really needed.  We wish for a simple, fast, easy-to-use and reliable service. Those of us who use Linky Tools and know the owner/creator (Brent Riggs), realized he would be perfect for developing some kind of really easy to use “follower” system. So we contacted him, and he loved the idea.

Introducing LINKY FOLLOWERS (www.linkyfollowers.com)

***IF YOU BECOME A LINKY FOLLOWER OF THE DIY SHOW OFF – HEAD OVER TO THE APT. GUIDE $50 AmEx GIVEAWAY/DRESSING ROOM REVEAL FOR A CHANCE TO WIN (just leave a comment saying you’re a new Linky Follower!)

Brent has created a FREE service that a group of us DIY and mom bloggers have tested and helped develop. He is launching it today. You’re the first to be invited to try it out. I was part of the test group and I love the new tool! I love being able to add and categorize blogs into groups, I love the blog reader function and being able to give a reader the spotlight in the ‘featured follower’ widget and a spot for my private blog roll. I highly recommend it! 

Keep in mind this is DAY ONE of the service… there will no doubt be some bugs that the test group didn’t catch. Just contact Brent (brent@brentriggs.com)… he is great about fixing things fast. Don’t let a bug or an “oops” hurt your first impression. You’re being invited to be some of the first users of this great new tool, and your feedback will help him iron out any problems very quickly. 

If you use blogger, why would you choose to use Linky Followers since the Google Friend Connect is only going away for non blogger users? I’ve heard rumors that GFC will be phased out for everyone.  Why not get a start now on the newest tool for an easy transition for your readers?  I’d also like the option to follow your blog using Linky Followers!

One last thing, the inevitable question: can my GFC followers be automatically moved over? NO. Google won’t allow access to those accounts but more importantly, YOU really shouldn’t sign up someone to a new service. They should voluntarily sign up themselves.  You’ll need to ask your GFC folks (and all your blog readers) to follow you using Linky Followers but it’s easy, quick and did I mention, free?  It’s  a cool way to organize and follow the blogs you love.

Click here to follow this blog and view my other followers…

There are also these ways to stay updated by following along:

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You can also subscribe and get an email reminder on the right side bar so you don’t miss a post.

I’d love for you to continue to follow along using one of the other alternative ways OR more than one! Woo hoo! I look forward to reading your comments every day (it’s the best way to remind me to get over to see you too!) and I love your participation in the DIY linky parties (so many super creative projects!). I love seeing your DIY submissions in my inbox and know that other DIY Show Off readers love getting a variety of features, seeing your latest DIY experience and creation and who doesn’t love an introduction to a new friend. I love e-meeting you, putting a name with a face and blog and looking forward to continuing to get to know you and see your awesome DIY ideas.  Your support and encouragement for my own DIY gives me motivation to be better, accomplish more and turn this old house around. I always try to do the same for my friends. Let’s stay in touch!  🙂

There’s only a handful of us sharing this announcement today. Please join us by signing up and sharing via a blog post, FB, Twitter, G+, etc. (Leave me a comment letting me know your blog has the widget so I can come over and sign up…I love seeing your latest DIY, decorating and crafty creations!)  I ‘d love to know what you think!

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