Some of you may already have heard the rumors: GFC is retiring... again! About one year ago, the bad news spread like wildfire and it took us bloggers some time to understand that GFC would only stay for the .blogspot.com people. However now it seems like a blogger.com blog isn't safe either (even if I couldn't find any official statement from Google or Blogger). The only reliable source is Bloglovin which says: "Google Reader is shutting down July 1st. Make sure that your blog readers know that they'll still be able to follow your blog through bloglovin.". When I read this two questions came to my mind: 1. Is Google Reader the same thing as GFC and will both disappear alike? and 2. Will it be for Blogger.com people as well or is it just a bad joke again?Even if I couldn't find the answers to my question so far, I have the bad feeling that we'll all have to prepare to lose our GFC readers within less than 3 months. Now what can we do? The only possibility is to chose another main following tool and kindly ask our readers to follow us over there, but let's be honest... at least 50% off our readers won't care about following us elsewhere as they lost their interest in our blog months or years ago. Despite this fact we still need another following tool and I don't know how about you but I will NOT trust Google+ either. I can't imagine that it is so much more successful and just imagine this thing shutting down in 2 years as well! The best alternative in my eyes seems to be Bloglovin and for those of you who don't use it yet or who use it but don't know all the possibilities I will explain the web page a bit:
1. Bloglovin holds all blogs, also your blog even if you never signed up for the site.
2. If you sign up and "claim" your blog you can administrate your blog on Bloglovin.
3. Bloglovin used to be anonymous but recently you can add your personal profile and people will see when you follow them. This can also be edited and you can choose which blogs you follow "privately".
4. You can add the blogs you follow to a certain group which will help you to overview the blogs you are following.
5. Bloglovin gives you the possibility to "import" your blogs from GFC so you won't lose your favourite blogs.
6. Bloglovin allows you to see the rank of your blog, either in your country or compared to all the blogs in the world.
7. Find answers to all your further questions here.
I really hope that this post was somehow helpful. We bloggers must stick together as we're all going through hard times (haha)! Now I would be really glad if you could tell me whether you are using Bloglovin or not, whether you will try to use it now and what will be your number 1 following tool when GFC has disappeared. Also it would be nice if those of you who know a bit more about the whole GFC disappearing could share their knowledge with us.