I've just had this comment left on the previous post from Rik Klau, Project Manager, Blogger.
We have been heard Ladies and Gents... Please go to the link in this comment and it will explain, why they have changed the Follower Gadget... Please let me know what you think...
Hi Debbie, thanks so much for the feedback. Really sorry you don't like the outcome - but hopefully I can share a bit more background on why we made the change here. In short, we were trying to respect individuals' privacy - but as I note in the post I linked to, we're considering other options that would show total numbers so that those people set to private aren't subtracted from your overall total.
At the very least, rest assured that the total number of followers hasn't changed.
Thanks again for the feedback, and thanks for using Blogger.
Product Manager, Blogger
2 hours ago