I just read barrmar's blog Bye-Bye to hits and as I was writing a comment in reply, I thought that the idea is different enough for an entire new topic.
Although the hits on MyDL are a big incentive to blog, and the lack thereof makes you feel like your blog is less successful, its not what brought me to MyDL to begin with.
When I first started blogging here it was because of my love for blogging and just wanting to get those ideas out and on some permanent storage where other people and myself can view them and comment etc. I did not even know that MyDL paid bloggers for the blogs at first, and I tried to sneak google ads into my blogs to see if I could get something in return for doing something that I was going to do either way.
Eventually I came to university and things got a bit too busy for me to blog for a while. After a long silence I returned to MyDL, but something was different. When I first blogged here all my blogs got many comments. MyDL was like a community of its own, and I could easily write a blog about how I saw each person in the MyDL family at the time. Comments were supportive or had constructive criticism in them. There would be long conversations just through the commenting system, and people would chat a lot in the shoutbox.
That feeling of a community has somewhat disappeared though. Maybe its because of all the different blog categories that there are now. Although I understand that lifestyle blogs don't deserve getting paid for. Either way I think the secret should be in all the authors trying to read more blogs, commenting on them and getting to know the other authors whose blogs you enjoy. I for one plan on commenting much more regularly from now on.
On another note: It would be really helpful if you have some kind of automatic draft saving feature on MyDL. I have often lost a blog by accidentally pressing some key combination that makes my browser go back to the previous page haha.