The reason I choose the blogger method of joining the Java Club is because its the latest and greatest web tool and its free. By adding yourself as a follower the other members can see who is in the club and who is not. But of course its up to you to decide how much information you want to reveal about yourself. There are several ways to become a follower of a blog. One of the easiest ways is to visit a blog that has added the Following widget and click on the "Follow" button under the "Followers" widget. You'll then see a pop-up window with the options to either follow publicly or privately. Select how you'd like to follow the blog, then click the "Follow this blog" button. It is that simple, you are now a follower of the blog! If you elected to follow the blog publicly, your profile picture will be displayed on the blog with a link to your Blogger profile (Note: The widget may not show all followers of the blog. If this is the case all followers will be linked from the widget). When you become a follower of a blog, the blog will also be added to your reading list on your Blogger dashboard and this site will also show on your Friend Connect profile for all the sites you've joined using Friend Connect. Additionally, you can become a follower of any blog or URL (even if the blog doesn't have the Followers widget) by adding the blog to your Reading List on the dashboard.
If you join/follow an FTP blog from your dashboard or the Nav bar, the owner of the blog WON'T be informed that you followed the blog. However, if you join/follow normally (via the gadget) the owner WILL be informed that you followed the blog. The easiest way to remove yourself from following a blog is to visit the blog, and click "Settings" under the Following widget on the blog.Lastly, following a blog will create a subscription to the blog in your Google Reader account.All of this is free. Editing a web site is pretty easy in Blogger because I am not a java (the other type of java) person. I do not do html either. But I do blogger. I just paid for the domain and attached this blog to it. Very simple. Easy stuff that a Java (the chicken kind) lover could do. I am very busy taking care of all my chickies and learning to be a better chicken breeder.