Wow, I spent a ton of hours on this but it finally worked out. The blog design is just temporary (I used a free template until I can come up with my own design) but the technical (stressful) part is done. I’m excited!
The bad news: I was wrong on one point. Google did decide to cut off use of Google Friend Connect (GFC) for any sites other than Blogger. They want to force everyone to use Google+. I personally think Google+ is the stupidest thing I’ve ever encountered, so I won’t be encouraging my readers to do that. The only down sides are:
- Now I won’t have a list of “Followers” which doesn’t really mean anything except I liked how it enhanced the sense of community
- To comment, you’ll have to either create a WordPress account (which is free, and VERY similar to GFC) or just type in your name and URL each time.
The good news is that my feeds will still work in everyone’s Google Reader, for those who are already following me with GFC. I was able to update my feed in Blogger to point to my new WP site, so you will still get my new posts in Reader without doing anything. This makes me happy! (Sorry if some of you got duplicates of my old posts in Reader. Not sure why it did that, but it should be a one-time thing as it finds the new feed).
New subscribers can also use Google Reader, by clicking the Get the RSS Feed link under “Subscribe via Google Reader” in the right-hand column. You can also subscribe via e-mail or Like my Facebook page (which I figure will now become the primary subscription method, along with Google Reader). So if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to “Like” Sophistique Noir on Facebook. Or you can follow my blog with Bloglovin.
The other good news is I was able to create the exact same URL structure on the new site, so all of your links to my posts (such as in your Red & Black posts) will still work. No broken links on anyone’s blog – that’s a good thing!! However, if I missed anything in that regard, let me know. My URL is still www.SophistiqueNoir.com.
I would love to hear everyone’s thoughts on this new platform (excluding the design, because I’m still working on that. *wink*). I hated to lose GFC, but I gave it a ton of thought and decided that having full control over my content was too important. I invest so much time in this blog, I hate having it all hosted by a company I have no control over. Not to mention that it’s just not easy enough to manage on Blogger with the limited time I now have available. Since I do have so much control now, if there’s something you don’t like about how the new blog works, let me know! I can probably fix it.
Thanks for understanding, and welcome to the new Sophistique Noir!