888 followers. WOW! What a cool number! That's a lot of people taking a peek now and then to see what I am up to. I am very appreciative of all of you, more than I can say. Thanks for stopping by!
Unlike many of you, at the time I didn't really care much about the loss of the Google reader, or whatever the name of it is/was, (it's gone already; it left when I wasn't paying attention) because honestly, I only used it when I wanted to hunt for something. Otherwise, I pretty much use the Dashboard to see what's been newly posted, and if there's something I want to find my way back to, I pin it on my Pinterest page. However there are some things from way back that I wish I could still find, but... oh well. And I am pretty clueless about some of the stuff you guys were recommending as a replacement (Bloglovin? etc) and of course, since I no longer have the Google reader to search for what you were saying, I can't find your advice and recommendations any more. Dumb of me to wait so long... I have just spent an hour scrolling through old posts on the Dashboard to try to find what everyone was saying, and with no way to filter the posts, I never found what I was looking for. So I need some solid advice, written in a way that someone (me) with absolutely NO comprehension about downloading and other technical whoop-de-doo will understand.
And aside from the need to find a new reader so that I can do searches, there was something else happening / changing (when?) having to do with blogs that are not Blogger blogs. Will they all be gone from my Dashboard at some point? How do I prevent that? (I have some that I don't want to lose track of.) And what the heck is Google + and do I want it? Why? What will it do differently than what I've been doing these past three years? HELP! I'm feeling very dumb right now, and I will very much appreciate your help. I'm feeling a bit alone here in my technophobia.
Here's the update:
So, friends, I now am signed on to Bloglovin', but am already a little flummoxed. The Google reader had a search option, where you searched through the blogs you follow for a specific word/topic - for example "Chihuly" or "color wheel" etc. Then you could highlight them and get back to them easily. Bloglovin' has a nice clean format, but as far as I can see, the search option on Bloglovin' searches every damn blog it can find (not just what I follow), thus making it impossible to find that post you are looking for. I couldn't figure out how to search as I did on Google reader. Any advice? Do I need to try Feedly instead? And what does it mean to 'claim' your blog? Why would I want to/need to do that?