In the Skribit question widget in my sidebar the number 1 requested post is for me to ask ‘a bunch of pro bloggers what their tipping point was?’ I’ve done just that over the last few days and a few answers have trickled in so far. The first is from Leo Babauta from Zen Habits.
The tipping point came when two things converged for me, early on in the life of Zen Habits (first quarter 2007).
The first thing was that I was gaining readers a bit at a time, until I had a small but extremely positive and encouraging group of readers.
The second was when I realized that they were there not only to respond to my posts and be an audience, but to shape my blog and its future.
By listening to my readers, and having a conversation with them, I was able to figure out what they really wanted, what kinds of posts would be most interesting and useful to them, and to give Zen Habits a character that was not just mine but theirs as well.
update – question submitted by Trent.