in an effort to find a way to get my followers widget to show up, i went to the Blogger Buzz blog, and though i didn't find an answer to my problem, i did find this post: Update on Browser Support
according to the post:
As of August 1st, we will discontinue support for the following browsers and their predecessors: Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7, and Safari 3. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Blogger as well as many other Google Apps such as Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites.
they then give links to the various browsers so you can update.
i thought my blogging friends would want to know. i'm not sure what version of IE i have, but i'll probably have to update. the joys of being on the internet. sigh.