I’ve seen similar articles on other sites, and this has been on my mind to consider the points others have raised and what I can contribute.
Yes, it became apparent to me very quickly that lots of blogs are photo heavy. More to the point, what I’d consider professional. Good lighting, presentation, etc. There’s a decent amount of effort, or at least it would be for me to mimic.
From a cooking/food perspective, yes it’d probably help if I did photography. There’s only so much storage space on WordPress, nothing I have is worth being concerned over so I’d just upload to online image hosting like imgur. To each, their own.
I haven’t used the WordPress Reader that much, but my take is the amount of content can make a difference in registering a view/hit in your stats. If there’s too little content, someone can read the entire post without clicking on it.
I have yet to figure out an algorithm for consistent views. I try to post four times a day, and I’ve worked up quite the backlog so I could do more. But I wonder if the volume is too much, that it amounts to spam. I suppose it would cut things down if I only posted about food and/or recipes, but that’s still a lot of time and effort. I don’t think a weekly post will attract consistent visitors, if that is really what you are after. I tried posting articles in a theme, but that didn’t seem to do anything noticeable. I did like one suggestion – if you post a lot of serious content, mix it up with something goofy/funny/etc. Time of day can be an issue too – day time for the West can be very late for people in the East. Knowing your audience is important for both writing style and publication.
This is something I’ve yet to see addressed. If you are not using two-factor authentication, you should be. I wasn’t until recently, when the Gmail webmail interface alerted me that someone successfully logged in from an unusual address. When a password reset lasted me about a week, it was time to harden things.
My experience with Gmail has been good. You provide a phone number that can receive texts, and you can setup things so you don’t need to constantly check your phone to gain access to your account once you’ve successfully logged in. WordPress? Not as slick. Similar setup, but there’s a checkbox (when you log in) about being good for “30 days” fails to mention that the code is only valid while you stay signed in. I regularly sign out, so it’s changed my habit to log into my account once a day. Please WordPress, learn from Google…