Perhaps it would help if you could spell out a little more your vision and focus of what you are trying to accomplish with your Blog/website. If you want to build a following, I think you need something that goes beyond or is a bit unique compared to the thousands of other sites out there. If I were to do it, and I have thought about it from time to time, I would focus on how the grassroots can retrieve their political power from a group of entrenched elites who use their citizen-derived powers to shut out those same citizens in future elections. Good Luck.
At least in my experience an unintended result of developing a specialized blog is a narrowed the number of people that are interested.
Moreover, on the web it seems that the less people find a work the harder it is to find.
Feedback from readers seems is also very important in developing skill and content.
Dovetailing my interests with other peoples' interests is essential if I am to avoid the slow skill development that comes with isolation.
My suggestion for myself is to practice responding to both issues and people in forum discussions.
Naturally, I will speak my understanding of the issues as they apply.
I am finding that I have more and higher quality conversations if I:
1) do not write too much content in one reply ,
2) write succinctly ,
3) pose questions that I honestly want to know ,
4) pose questions that suggest what I would say next - better yet
5) prepare the discussion for someone to put forth what is needed next in a way that they retain 'ownership' of their investment in the contributed idea. Equitable conversations require that respect for others. It appears to me that a blog that does not offend by pontificating will give that respect to the reader before it can be asked – I don’t know how to do that yet, but I am working on it. ( SUGGESTIONS ANYONE? )
It is also not necessary to begin your blogging avocation by spending YOUR money that might serve you better in your saving account or as a contribution to your favorite cause. Prevailing in Election 2010 necessary if we are to save our republic - The money bomb is very effective when a right candidate in the right race is running a right campaign.