I've been blogging for six years and podcasting for three. My goodness, where does the time go?
During that time, I have been asked by others for tips on both blogging and podcasting. The tips for both are the same as I rarely focus on the mechanics of getting the thing done.
Be yourself. Follow your passion.
There are tons of bloggers out there. But there is no one like you, so let us meet the real you.
Enthusiasm waxes and wanes over time for any activity. If it isn't one that you truly care about then your blog will fade steadily away as other matters come along and it gets shoved to one side. Sharing something you truly care about keeps both you and your audience interested. Nothing can replace true enthusiasm and you can't fake it.
Be a good neighbor.
Link back, acknowledge contributions from others, and don't ask for favors that you aren't willing to do for someone in return. If you aren't sure if someone will mind you showing their stuff, then ask for permission (this applies to artwork more than anything else, but some writers will show a copyright on their pages ... notably authors and food blogs.)
This is a no-brainer, right? Like holding the door open for someone or saying, "please" and "thank you."
You'd think so, but there are some folks out there ... some very big name folks, surprisingly ... who don't do this. When you're blogging, you are part of a community. No matter where the community, including cyberspace, manners still count. And people do notice, believe me.
I know this because I have many very good neighbors. A very few of those who provide very good examples for us all include: