My twitterfeed was a buzz yesterday with news about the pope and the demise of Google reader. I'll deal with the pope in a moment. Google's decision to ax Google Reader is much more pressing to us lowly bloggers. A great deal of the readers of Apt. 11D come here because of Google Reader. That's how I read other bloggers, who don't have the time or the inclination to publicize their work on Twitter. What's an independent, unaffiliated blogger to do?
Well, there are some RSS alternatives and some promise for tech starts ups who want to fill the gap. But probably the best move for all bloggers is to use Twitter more effectively. It is now the best way to reach your readers now that Google Reader is gone, and it helps increase your SEO.
I don't use Twitter enough to publicize this blog, because many of my blog posts are just quickie items that are meant for the regular readers. I'm also a slacker blogger who fits this activity into the gaps in the schedule. But I suppose it is time to change.
Follow me on Twitter at @laura11d. If you're a blogger, please put your twitter name in the comment section, so I can follow you.