This change left some would be blog Followers inconvenienced.
How do I Follow blogs, that don't have a Followers gadget?There has always been a third way to Follow a blog, provided by Blogger - though not everybody may be aware of it.
Blogger has earlier provided three ways for us to Follow any given blog.
- The Followers / Google Friend Connect gadget, in the blog body.
- The "Follow" link in the Navbar.
- The "Manage" wizard, in the Reading List.
Not every blog, and every Blogger account, provides all 3 options.
Not every option is available on every blog, or to every blog owner / viewer - but given access to a working Blogger account, you can at least give yourself a third option.
If you're looking at a blog that lacks a Followers gadget, and now with no "Follow" navbar link, just login to Blogger and go to your dashboard, and to the Reading List display at the bottom of the Blog List. Find the Gear icon to the far right of "Reading List" (not the one at the very top). Click on the Gear icon, then on "Add", and enter the URL of the blog.
You can only Follow a public blog, since only public blogs have feeds.
When you Add a blog, you'll have two options to Follow - Publicly and Anonymously. In either case, this only works for Public blogs - Private blogs don't publish a feed, and can't be Followed.
If you ever need to discontinue Following / remove the Reading List subscription - and the "gear" / "Manage" wizard is not operational, use Friend Connect: Sites I've joined.