If your Google Friend Connect gadget stops working, you can install this code below to add a Follow Button to your blog. The button will not have a count or images of your followers, but it serves to let them follow the blog, a little convenience. When the GFC stops working on non-Blogger blogs sometime this Spring, March was mentioned, you might try this as a substitute, I have no idea if it will work at that time, but here it is if you need it.
Before you copy and paste the code, write your Blog Id Number down, you will type that number in the space where I've typed in RED, below. Don't type in "YOURBLOGIDNUMBER." You can find your Blog Id number by looking at the address bar after you are signed in and have your draft.blogger page loaded.
Sign in to your account and go to your draft.blogger where you choose Layout and Add a Gadget, choose add HTML. Paste this code in with your id number and give it a title if you want, Save, and move the gadget where you want to place it. Preview if you like, and Save Arrangement.
<center><a href="http://www.blogger.com/follow-blog.g?blogID=YOURBLOGIDNUMBER" target='_blank'><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lyvoqBODutQ/TagvjM9vDCI/AAAAAAAADsw/2m38l41mVYY/s1600/Blogger_Follow_Button.PNG" /></a></center>
That's it, simple and quick! You might want to bookmark this post to come back to after the GFC changes are made or try it out now.
Stick around to read the next post about the new Linky Followers tool, which I'll leave at the top of the page for a while.