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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.

7 more thoughts from 7 more days of NaNoWriMo

On Mike Dariano

This is part two of my thoughts on NaNoWriMo. For part one, click here.

The mighty chart of many words on multiple days during mostly mornings.

A) Writing daily for NaNoWriMo has helped build the habit of daily writing.

This seems simplistic and on the surface it is, if you do a habit daily then you will build that habit. The problem I've had in the past is that it's easy to skip a day after five in a row and then do three only to miss another. Those missed days add up in the process of habit formation. Within NaNoWriMo these missed days have a quantifiable weight to them. I haven't had a zero day but I did only manage 329 words on another, the lowest blue bar. My habit is to write each day, and doing that I've succeed. If my habit was 1600 words each day, then the days I miss that habit are even more pronounced.

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