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How to Make a Moderately Popular Blog

Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.

What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.

First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.

Why Henry Ford would Love Blogs

On DROdio

This post was written in 2004, when I was still running the real estate company:

Most of you know I run a real estate company, DROdio Real Estate, Inc. which is a technologically progressive firm.  For about 2 years now I've been hearing about blogs, but I never really understood their power until the last month or so.

If you're anything like me, you have probably heard the buzzword "blog" a lot, but  you might be wondering how an "online diary" could be useful in the business world.

First off, a word about what it takes to write a really good blog.  You can't be in the game for a week or a month.  You have to be ready to consistently write really good blog postings for at least 6 months, and probably longer.  I'd guess you need about 100 to 200 blog postings before you'll see any kind of ROI on your time investment.  If you can write 500+ blog postings, you'll be getting to where you need to be.I see two major benefits of blogs:

Let me show you some examples:

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