I heard google friend connect is being cancelled at the beginning of March but then I also heard that it is only going away for blogs that are not hosted through blogspot and that those of us on blogspot will still have it and not be affected - does anyone know for sure if that is right?
Yes, GFC is being retired only for non-Blogger sites.
Read more from Google:
You're right! Blogspot won't be affected BUT Google hasn't updated that application in years so I wouldn't be surprised if it goes away completely at some point (just my hunch).
I wrote a post about moving readers away from GFC (mainly for non-Blogger folks but some Blogger bloggers have decided to remove it anyway)! http://www.momcomm.com/2012/01/how-to-move-your-readers-away-from-g...
If you go to my blog there is an amazing new tool and its FREE created by the same man who created the tool for the blog hops all of you follow called the Linky Follower Tool
Features: You can feature a blogger with one click
there is a blog reader dashboard
you can organize all the blogs you follow
Not only is he my friend but some friends and I BETA tested it and now it's out- go get it now just go to my blog and then click on more from my blog you will see the linky on the right side click follow and get your own :) He will NEVER CHARGE YOU http://www.mompreneurmogul.com/
And by the way thousands of other bloggers have already been using it the site is growing like crazy