........ starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other OpenId providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.
We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.
And while we are talking business, I tried to change the look of my blog the other day. When I had it how I wanted it I clicked on preview and it showed the caption Followers in the side bar, but it did not show the actual followers. I was afraid I would lose ALL of my followers so I did not make any changes. Have any of you other bloggers had any dealings with this when you went to change your blog? HELP!