I'll chime ine -- after almost a year of blogging (will be a year in January), I'm finally getting a steady readership and search engines are sending quite a few hits my way. My stats jumped dramatically over the last 3 months. Before that, I would go days without a single hit but I kept blogging anyway. I honestly wish I knew about these forums way back then as a lot of what I did was "trial and error." There were times I messed up my blog so bad with weird codes that I almost gave up. I was seriously considering deleting my blog. Now it's easy, stats are moving up. I learned about word content, proper titles, tags, and submitting my blog to the search engines. If I am any indication and the norm, it takes a while for the search engines to really start sending folks your way. I guess patience is the key -- just keep plugging away and it'll happen.
Anyway, that's my 2 cents.