Hi timethief, you recently stated:
"If displaying little avatars images in your sidebar in a Google widget is that important to you then Google owns Blogger (blogspot). Best wishes to you."
I don't think it's displaying the little widget, but rather when I'm searching new blogs (and admittedly, trying to get new followers to my own), one thing I look for is to see how many followers someone else has. If they only have a few, there's usually a reason (unless it's a new blog). For someone who doesn't have tons of time, it's generally a good quick indicator of whether or not I want to skim around that blog and follow it myself. I'm guessing I'm not alone in this. Is there a reason WordPress (which is otherwise fabulous in my opinion) doesn't have something like this?