Starting a blog
The dos and don'ts of starting a blog.
First off, you should realize that it takes takes time and energy to write quality posts.
If you don't take the time and energy to write good posts, you won't get an audience to begin with. "Today, my navel lint was red" is not a quality blog post, nevermind what lots of pre-adolescents and adolescents think.
And if you don't take the time or energy to keep writing good blog posts, your audience will stop coming to your blog site fairly soon.
Next, feedback is nonexistent when you first start writing.
Keep things up and more and more people will find you - and give you feedback in the form of comments.
Some will even find your contact form (or email address, or whatever) and write you just to tell you that you have a very good blog.
And some will write on their site about your blog, telling their readership about this gem which they found on the wild wild web.
Next, when you set up a blog, don't expect others to write your quality blog posts for you.
There are quite a few blogs out there with one article - the one that says "Welcome! Please write lots of blog posts here!".
See, nobody but you can actually write blog posts. If you were to release the authoring rights to world and dog, world and dog (that is, spammers) would all too soon find your site, and your blog posts would be all about various things of interest to the uninformed consumer. Or your whole site would just redirect all comers to a site of the spammers' choice ... because authoring rights, given out without caution, might just make your site completely insecure.
And because you're smarter than that, you don't give authoring rights to anybody at all, so your shiny new blog is abandoned rather soon, with at most five (count'em, 5) blog posts.
Next, start one blog.
Don't start a lot of small interconnected blogs. Instead, use categories, or tags (or whatever your blogging software calls them), and write everything in one spot. That way, you can write a few quality blog posts in a timely fashion, which means that you will get an audience - and you will get feedback.
And people can read all your writings in one spot without the confusion of "whu? Another blog to go clicky on?".
And if they're only interested in your writings about, say, left pinkies, they can go clicky on the category (or tag) link that says, oh, say, "left pinkies", in your category lineup.
Because you were of course smart enough to create a tag (or category) that says "left pinkies", and to add that tag to your article.
I'm looking at you, "Westminster Healing Herb Garden". And partially at the weird web of various wise woman weblogs.
Finally, some terminology:
Your blog site is your blog. For me that's henriettesherbal.com/blog.
What you write on your blog, as blog owner (or author), are blog posts, that is, articles on one or the other topic. Like the one you're reading right now.
And what your readers write on your blog are blog comments, adding their point of view to one of your blog posts. That is, if you have allowed comments. That is, if your comment spammer blocks are good enough. Without those blocks your blog will be swamped with tedious links to various inappropriate consumer goods.
I allow comments, I even encourage them, as I like feedback: I have a "click here to comment" link below almost all of my blog posts.
Hope that clears up some confusion.