Here's what I did for what it's worth ... email all your family & friends and pester them until they check it out. Get a Myspace site (I know, YUK! But it's free) and bulletin everybody and put your blog address all over your site. Put it in when you add comments to your friends until they get sick of it. I'm sure there's more ways than this, but it's a start!
ps - trade links with blogs you dig ... this actually works better than expected ....
The best way is to get other similar blogs to add yours to their blogrolls (or links sections). Of course you'll need to do that for them in return. It also helps to register your blog on as many blog directories as you can find. And make it easy for people to figure out what your blog's RSS (syndication) feed is. Make it obvious. Then give them easy ways to subscribe (add buttons, email subscription options, etc.). Feedburner (now owned by Google) is great for this: www.feedburner.com
I've found blogging to be a pretty reciprocal medium. You have to read other people's blogs and leave regular comments on them. There are certain sites like stumbleupon which can bring you a lot of traffic, but I've never found those to bring any regular readers in the long run. I do love receiving random comments from people I've never heard of though on my own blog, just in case anyone's interested. And If you've got a blog that looks interesting, I'll probably put it on my blogroll.
Ray nailed it. Subscribe to other blogs you like, and comment on everything. If you like it, tell them about it. If you think they are full of shit, tell them about it. Other will people see this, and will eventually follow the link back to yuors... It doesn't hurt to get on threads like this one and chime in either. After this post, i'll probabally pick up a new follower or two. It's not much, but it's more than if i didn't bother to throw in my two cents.
A little shameless self promotion is cool too- as long as you aren't pushy about it. (So here goes) Personally i have two blogs, ones a daily rock and roll history site, and ones an MP3 site. Both pretty small time, but i do have a handful of regular followers.
And hey, if you like what you see, leave a comment. I check out your blog, if i think its cool i might subcribe, one of my readers sees your comment, one of your readers sees mine, etc...
Just like that.
Wow- i just realized this thread is a year old... Whatever. It's the internet.
"Thanks for your thoughts. I don't want to piss off fans by issuing later a 45 they thought was very limited. I really like the 100-copy idea, though. It can BARELY pay for itself, but would be so cool...
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