Monday, January 11, 2016

Mellow Monday and Blogger's Changes

Hello everyone!  A very warm welcome to you all! 
As far as yesterday's post in reference to Google's changes, which start today, I don't mind that they are making changes, what I do mind, though, is if they alienate other blog users from commenting on their blogs (Wordpress, etc.)  For myself, I prefer to allow people to comment using another blog, if they choose to, not forcing someone to become a Blogger user or Google+ user in order to be able to comment.  I am able to comment on blogs by Wordpress and others, so I think Google should continue to allow others who are not Blogger or Google+ users to comment on their blogs, if for no other reason, as a form of courtesy. I knew that something strange was going on since a few weeks now when I began to notice the number of my followers disappearing, and this happened to other Blogger users as well.  Worst case scenario:  registering for a Google account will enable you to continue following my blog with the latest posts as well as being able to comment on my posts. Thanks for listening.

Here is the actual message that I saw on Blogger:  In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, 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.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

The videos I have chosen for this post are:

Mr. Bean - Salvation Army Carols 

Maia Darme - Aquaharp

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Piglet Rescued Moments from Drowning

For the following, I am providing the link sources beneath each photo.  You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.

Thank you all so much for visiting me here!  I always enjoy and appreciate reading your kind thoughts, which you are always welcome to share!


  1. Good morning Linda! Very sweet all this paintings. Wishing you a powerful start in the new week.


  2. Dear Linda. With 761 followers, you do not want, but seriously mourn when a few will be lost. Be generous, you will not feel it.

    With all my love to you,

  3. Anonymous1:05 AM

    Bonjour Linda

    MERCI pour cette belle publication

    GROS BISOUS et belle journée

  4. I like that last one even though it is kind of sad. Very emotional piece of art.

  5. Mr. Bean again :)
    All the art is wonderful.
    That is obe of the messsages i recall from Google..

  6. wonderful pictures ful of colour. Very wonderful. Thanks for sharing;
    best regards

  7. The blogger changes was new information for me, thank you for telling it.

  8. The piglet is so fortunate that these rescuers came to know that it has fallen into the pit or else it would have drown. This pit is so dangerous that whoever fell in would not be able to climb up without any outside help.

  9. Love your collection. Mr Bean is all time favorite...

  10. Once again...Google...stick their noses where
    it does'nt belong...!
    I know they run Blogger now, and l've always been
    on 'Google Friend Connect'. I follow a few Blogs,
    but, one l follow, l am unable to leave comments,
    because that Blogger only has Google+. So, it's
    up to the Blogger concerned to open up ways of
    leaving a comment, if they choose to of course.
    Otherwise...what's the point!!!
    I don't do Google+ never have..never will!

  11. Anonymous5:41 AM

    All these changes are not fun, but I get updates from you Linda.

  12. Good morning, I was happy to see the pigelt rescued. I love the pretty art work. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  13. thanks for the paintings. I didn't realize that Google was changing. That is really too bad.

  14. I am Lucky, Linda, I can still follow you !
    Mr. Bean is once more great !

  15. Excelente trabalho.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

  16. Dearest Linda...I have missed you so much!
    So good to see the little piglet rescued, some good news to begin the afternoon...and I loved the art.
    Gosh...all that wonderful talent!
    Thank you so much for sharing...:)

  17. je te souhaite un doux début de semaine

  18. ahhh Google again..

    une belle publication Linda


  19. C'est intéressant la fabrication de bougie :)

    Bisous Linda


  20. So glad to have started the week with Mr. Bean!! Love him! Great videos - so loved the happy ending for that sweet pig. Great artwork, too, of course.

    As for google - still trying to figure out how all this will improve anyone's experience...

  21. I love all the artwork! Sigh...I hate it when Google changes things...I want anyone to be able to comment on my blog, not just folks with a Google account. Maybe I need to take a look at Wordpress...

  22. Funny Mr. Bean video. The harp music was great. Glad the little piglet was rescued. Beautiful art work. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  23. so much fun here Linda, loved Mr Bean, always love Mr Bean xoxo

  24. The Bean vid made laugh ... the piglet vid made me cry, L ... cry ... Love, cat.

  25. I am on google because my son made me do it. I can see his shared photos on google. I really enjoyed seeing all the different artist's works. Thanks.

  26. If this renders it impossible for anonymous users to comment, I'll be losing some readers too.

    Google, of course, doesn't care less.

  27. Honestly I've lost so many followers over the years that I don't know how much this will actually effect me. Blogging is a dying art it seems with the rise of Twitter and Face Book.

  28. De belles réalisations, joli post et Mr Bean me fait beaucoup rire!
    Je te souhaite une bonne et belle année 2016 parsemée de bonheur!

  29. Beautiful paintings and music. So glad to see the piglet rescued.

  30. Hi Linda. Thank you for the information re Google and Blogger. I must admit I didn't know of it until now. I did wonder why I had lost three or four followers.

    As you know I am a fan of Mr Bean, but I wish to reassure you I am not like him but do find his silliness amusing, sometimes hilarious.

  31. Bonjour Linda, que j'aime le son de l'harpe, c'est tellement beau, magnifique! Bise et bonne soirée toute douce!

  32. Hi Linda,
    I've also noticed that some followers of my blog may become unresponsive. This is very unfortunate and disturbing. I can also respond to wordpress but some no longer with me. It would be a pity if visitors would disappear. With you I can happily do react and look at your beautiful posts.
    Greetings, Helma

  33. Hi Linda, Mr. Bean never disappoints and I love that last image, it's sad but very interesting. I like the other pictures too, they are cute.

    Frankly, I don't know what to think about the last changes Google makes in the blogs. I understand it in such a way that based on the blog's settings you can comment with different IDs, you can't just follow the blog via the Google-Friend-Connect application. That wouldn't be that bad as there are other ways of following. I've been really disappointed by changes they've made to new photo galleries which I quite liked, they don't work any more and the whole system is quite confusing...

  34. As for the GOOGLE COMMUNICATE I also wrote it on my blog last week, but I assure you that I'd love that nothing would change, I would be so sorry to lose some friends who haven't a Google + account or don't want to have it ....

    Anyway, I'm so grateful for the lovely choiche which we can always find here, my blessed friend, and then starting with Mr Bean, it's truly gorgeous !!!!
    Have a most beautiful start of your week, my sweet soul
    sending much love to you

  35. I also lost few bloggers, but it doesn't affect me at all. I love blogging for myself, just to not forget some lovely moments. Wishing you a lovely evening!!!

  36. I really like your art choices today. So much vibrant color! I don't really pay attention too much to Google, but thanks for the info.

  37. love all the art you post - and i didn't know about google changes...thanks for posting that. have a great week Linda.

  38. Very entertaining videos and beautiful art work, especially Heidi's animal portraits. Early on I connected my comments to Google and after a few months disconnected because of the confusion, and all the comments to my blog disappeared! Not sure what to make of the new changes but I have already about given up on Google Plus as it is just too confusing.

  39. Mr. Bean does it again!

    Blogger began to go downhill when Google bought them out! I hate Google with a passion and have refused Google + or Google connect or whatever they call it. At the moment I'm tempted to exit Google completely and simply use my L & L Photography site. We'll see.

  40. A really nice set of paintings today. Can't pick a favorite, although the dog was especially nice. I hadn't heard about the changes Google was making, but I've been a bit lax in my blogging lately. :)

  41. Google has become evil. I only have an account because I set one up years ago when they played nice. I refuse to use them as a search engine as they track. I switched over to Firefox and use DuckDuckGo to search.

    Love the Autism Artist.

  42. I haven't noticed a difference yet with signing in to comment. We'll see how it goes over the next couple of weeks.

  43. Ah.. too bad about the followers. but don't worry, this fan is still following you! :D

  44. as far as following is concerned, i like to use ... it's free and it's an efficient way to keep up with everyone's sites :)

  45. The piglet is so cute! ANd I like the harp soothing!


Please do not be shy! I appreciate your kind comments, they are sweet treasures and really make my day! Spammers, do not waste your time, I delete your comments and they do not even show on my blog. Comment moderation is enabled. I do hope that Blogger's changes in the way of proving that you are not a robot do not deter you from commenting! Thank you so much! If you have Google+ and are only allowing Google+ users to comment on your blog, I do not have, nor do I want it. And if you use DISQUS for accepting comments on your blog I don't have that, either, nor do I want it. Thanks!