Hello again all!
It may be less drastic than we've all been hearing when Google Reader shuts down. It seems that Blogger blogs should continue to turn up on your Blogger Dashboard, but it's less clear whether ones like WordPress will. So I think the idea of backing up what you follow to Bloglovin' or Feedly is still a good idea (and is very easy if done before July 1st)... but hope it may not be too much of a change when it happens.
On the Followers front - the Google Friend Connect should stay for now, but apparently Google have already phased out some elements of it, so again, having another additional way for people to follow you won't hurt - but, with luck, it shouldn't be an immediate problem.
The wonderful Chris Warner (who has a background in IT as well as a fabulous Crafty Blog at My Corner of Heaven) has some further Techy Tips if you want to check them out.
Sorry if I've panicked anyone with my Candy post... I was trying to take a measured approach compared to some of the scaremongering I've been reading!
Now go calm down and relax by Hanging at the Beach in the post below!!