If you are going to create your own blog I have two major suggestions!
1) Create a group of friends. This is vital! The more friends the more exposure your blog will get! Darcknyt posted my contest on his blog and I’m sure this has attributed to the large increase in the views I’m getting.
2) Use categories and tags! Since I’ve expanded my use of both items I have gone from 2-3 hits a day (my highest was 37) to over 100 a day for the past two days! Things have taken off greatly because of these items and this has greatly increased my writing’s exposure to the world! I watch my tracking maps now with absolute fascination to see where the hits are coming from!
That’s my two cents worth! Take it to heart, it works!