Modern Mother has written an interesting post - is being a good writer enough?
Given my day, I told her I would copy my comment to her here. It's lazy I know, but scroll down the blog label, and there are posts quite pertinent to it.
I agree with much of what you're saying. Being a good writer, I think, is enough but as you say, it all depends on your baseline.
The more boring your baseline (and I think of my blog here), the better your writing has to be to even so much as hope to have people following you.
I lost a follower today. She never commented so you know, I can't be too upset. This morning though, a mum, a follower, has commented and that was really nice!
I mean crikey, I was terrified of anyone reading me and your British Mummy Bloggers creation, has, well, helped me a great deal. More maybe that you can imagine. Slowly, slowly I navigate these waters. I don't know if my writing is good or even good enough, but I do know I'd like to improve it and blogland is the best platform for that!
So, from my unique position of not many followers and not many commenters I would say, that yes, one should market their blog, adding pictures is good! A light background helps! And well, I actually don't know really but do link me the cybermummy2010!
(if you don't mind, I'll copy this comment of mine onto my own blog. It fits in with what I've been writing this morning! It's also quicker than thinking up something fresh and original!)
On Velveteenmind's blog, where Modern Mother had posted a link I wrote:
"What I write about depresses me to the core. If it depresses me who can I hope to seduce?"
This sums us up really doesn't it stiggers?
Que sera sera!