Jacqui Murray has a good posting up called 27+ Tips I Wish I’d Known About Blogging. It’s a very good list. Here’s a few that I would add myself:
1. Never pick fights or start blogger wars. It’s just not worth it.
2. You won’t get rich off blogging, especially if you blog about politics. You *might* get rich; if you are blogging about something politically neutral, like being a mommy or something like that.
3. Don’t blog about politics unless you have really think skin, because politics and the people around it or in it, can be nasty.
4. Be patient.
5. Be ready to get told that you suck or are stupid for writing about what you like.
6. Advertising ain’t cheap. Good advertising is even *less* cheap.
7. Tip Jars are awesome. Don’t be too proud to use one.
8. Be original. Have your opinion, don’t just repeat whatever everyone else is saying; but have a damned good defense of your beliefs.
9. Also be ready to become a pariah, if you happen to disagree with people. Folks, the Jack Daniels whiskey strength truth is that bloggers, especially political ones; can be just downright cruel. Be ready to have your personal life, and this includes pictures of yourself blasted around the net — should you do or say something that some idiot blogger decides that he or she (or both) simply does not like. Been there and did that; and yes, it does suck.
Other than that; there’s not much else. I do not blog with the same frequency as I did when I started. I simply burned out. I quit for a while, but I did come back; but with a bit more of a relaxed style. I let the bigger bloggers handle the big stuff. I will post something, if the notion hits me; but I never force a posting anymore. To me, it is simply not worth it anymore.