writes "Bruce Perens has sent the announcement that Technocrat.net is shutting down. As I asked in my comment to the announcement, I am wondering what it really takes to run a weblog: I've always
thought that such systems in some way "run themselves", since you "only" have to select or write a
few stories every week if you don't need a heavily updated site. Am I wrong in this?"
While this is not a slash site, it is a good question to ask. What makes a site worth reading, and what creates community?
I know from looking at logs (and from running sites over the years) that in part what brings people back day after day is new content (when I was in radio we called this the "dead air" problem, at no point do you really want to have a moment where something isn't playing).
Personally I would suggest that any site that wants to make a go at building an audience should be prepared to post something, even if it is pretty dinky, everyday. If you build up any audience at all, you will find that you need to post several things a day.
So what other ways have you found to grow your audience?