Blogger recently came out with a new widget that you can put on your sidebar to show off your blog's "followers". A little different from a "blog list", it displays the photo of bloggers who have added your blog to their "Following" feature (which is Blogger's answer to blog subscription services like Bloglines or Google Reader).
Here's what my "Followers" widget looks like in my left sidebar:
2 Followers Manage
Only two "official" followers, but I think that there are one or two more of you out there who read my blog. The two who show up here are the ones who have gone to their Blogger Dashboard, noticed that there is a new "Reading List" feature there, and started adding their favorite blogs to it, thus making themselves official "followers" of that blog.
So I took the time to start adding my favorite blogs to my Blogger "Reading List" (which means that I will now show up on their "Followers" list). And then I noticed that I actually have several "favorite blogs" lists. Argghhh!
In order to keep all my blog lists current, when I find a new blog that I want to follow I copy their blog's URL and add it to my Bloglines account (this is the blog reader that I've been using and still prefer so far). Then I add the blog to my blog sidebar so that everyone else can see that I love that blog. And now I'm taking one more step and adding the blog to my "Reading List" so that I will show up as a follower on their blog. Make sense?
Oh, and the little photos of your followers? They're clickable...just click and you'll be taken to their blogger profile.
If you'd like to see your picture or icon on my sidebar, go to your Blogger Dashboard and add my blog to your list. Then add the "Followers" widget to your own blog...you'll probably see my icon there!
By the way, how many blogs are on your reading list? Mine's up into the mid-40s by now...thank goodness not everyone posts every day!