Monday, January 2, 2012

Undecided: what to do about GFC

I was stuck with a decision recently: to ditch or not to ditch GFC. I know I ranted about how annoyed I was previously, but there are a few things I needed to consider. First, GFC is the easiest way for people to follow a blog and the easiest way for us blog owners to see who's following us. For this reason, I've reluctantly come to the conclusion that I have to keep it, despite my misgivings about Google's forceful move to flog Google+ (not interested, for the record).

I've been enjoying Bloglovin' and I follow quite a few new blogs that way, but as far as I can see, there's no way to actually tell who's following your blog. If I'm wrong, please let me know! Apart from that, Bloglovin' is still fairly new and has yet to take off in the way that GFC has.

The reason for all this? I want to do a giveaway. I now have 114 followers (only 19 on Bloglovin') and I want to open the giveaway to my loyal readers. I don't want just anyone who stumbles upon my blog after Googling 'giveaway' to be able to enter, so I need to have a way to check that those who enter are regular visitors. It's my way of saying thank you.

So in the end, I may have to stick with GFC for now. Call me a hypocrite, but unless there's another easy way to track who my followers are, I'm left with no choice. The good news is there's a giveaway on the horizon! Stay tuned.