John Hawkins has some advice for fledgling bloggers. Among the eleven:

— Gaining an audience usually takes a lot of time even if you do good work. Be prepared to work for months and maybe even YEARS before you start to take off.
— Blogspot & Blogger are old & busted. Drop them like a hot rock and get hooked up on Movable Type.
— Do write about the blogosphere because bloggers as a whole tend to be narcissistic and they love to link articles that talk about what they’re doing.


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  1. Bryan says:

    Ha! I beat you by two minutes.

  2. James Joyner says:

    But mine was much more value-added, highlighting THREE tips rather than just your measley one. 🙂

  3. Odd. No mention of interactives like, say, your fun Caption Contests.

    Interactivity and lively discussion/competition keep people coming back.

  4. James Joyner says:

    True. Of course, I’m not supposed to waste my time responding to comments, either, since only a fraction of my readers are looking at them.

  5. jen says:

    Ah, but comments responding by the blogger shows the readers that you really care about what they have to say.

  6. Oh, come on! If you didn’t want to read the comments, you”d remove the little comment-counter! wink, wink.

  7. I think we need more data on how other bloggers responded to these guidelines. Or–more importantly–how they responded to James’ response to the original guidelines.

    Maybe I should blog on this . . .

    Sign me,

    Little Miss Soon-to-drop-Blogspot