I "met" or rather connected with Tony from Fern Thai through Facebook (I think). (They are a volunteer matching organization working a village in Thailand and if you're looking to volunteer in Thailand, you should check them out!) Tony was kind enough to help promote the America's Giving Challenge to his community on MySpace.
He recently sent me an email query and I thought I'd put it out here for others to give advice. The question is about building a community around your blog.
One quick question I’d like to ask is how long you’ve been blogging? With such a large subscription to your blog list would you simply put it down to the quality of your material, the length of time you’ve been doing it or is there more I still need to do to get our new RSS feeds out into the limelight?
To answer question about how long I've been blogging - I started in 2001 (doing it manually, but not consistently). In 2002, I used blog set up on a colleagues moveable type installation, but not regularly. In 2003, I heard that six apart was going to offer moveable type as a service called typepad so I signed up when they opened in 2003. I started my blog then, but wasn't consistent. It wasn't until 2005 that I decided to make it a regular habit. So, I'd say that consistency is more important the length of time.
There's some really good advice from Skelliewag about growing your audience and I've followed this advice with good results. I also came across this piece from Dosh Dosh about a content strategy for building a niche.
So, let me me put this out to the readers. What are your best tips and advice for building an audience for your blog? What should Tony focus his efforts on?