People blog for many reasons. Some do it for the attention... others do it as an intellectual outlet. Some pour their creativity into the blog design... others into their prose. In some rare cases, the pure act of blogging is an act of catharsis. But for most people, the psychology of blogging is based on the feedback.
I'm sure there are best practices for bloggers... I don't really claim to know them. My only thought here is, find a style that works for you.
For example, a big driver of traffic is how frequently you update your site. A lot of the high-traffic sites consist of links + comment, a format that works well for many updates a day. Sometimes I try to link to more stuff, and it just doesn't work for me. I like to write out longer blog posts and long-form essays. Links just aren't my style, and I'm ok with that.
So I guess that's my best practice - do what comes naturally, and don't sweat it if you lose traffic.
I think the key is to blog about your passions. If you're really passionate about something, it shows.
I think every blogger goes through a phase where they lose focus on their passions and start worrying about "pulling people in" - sort of a mid-life crisis in the life of your blog. That's generally a good time to take some time off.
I think that's a good thing, since it means that information is spreading faster as the blogosphere gets more efficient.
There's been a huge spike in blog diversity in just the past year, as more bloggers have entered the fray. It used to be that most bloggers were kept by web designers, programmers, and usability experts. I love those blogs, but it's been an interesting change to see more blogs by non-techies.
Links are the glue of the blogosphere.
First, links make up a weblog's blogroll: the list of links (generally on the side of a blogger's page) that show which blogs they read regularly. These blogrolls are the key to tying together individual blogs into a community.
Links also provide a convenient way for bloggers to link to content outside of the blogging universe: cool sites, interesting articles, and the like. And on the flip side, those same links provide a convenient way for blog indices like Blogdex and Daypop to keep score of what's hot or not.
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