So you have chosen your blog's name, maybe even gotten the URL. If you haven't, go to www.godaddy.com or www.bluehost.com
Check to see if your chosen name is available - it is easy and about $10 for the .com
You can buy the others (.org, .net if you want - start with the .com unless you have something specific in mind).
If you have created a work-in-progress blog, either on Wordpress, Blogger or maybe even Typepad (I am considering a move from Wordpress.com unless Pragmatic Mom talks me out it). You are ready to go. (we can talk more about setup but Blogger takes about 5 minutes - I accidently set up two blogs).
So you are a blogger. I am sure that you have topics that you are interested in posting (writing) about and, if you are super-organized, you have written these down, if you haven't, do it now. I'll wait.
Okay. List of topics in hand and go to Google Alerts http://www.google.com/alerts
Where it says Search terms - Type in a word or series of words that you are interesting in getting alerts about. Examples: parenting, mom blogs, young adult fiction, earthquakes (hey, no judgement), whatever you want. Keep it Comprehensive or narrow down by type.
20 alerts or 50 - start with 20 - it gets pretty overwhelming. Enter your email - you do not need a GMail account but you may want to designate a separate email account for your blog and it is easy to do. A GMail account is also super easy and you won't have the extra step of confirming the alert on your non-GMail account.
When you start getting alerts (in the form of a email) you will find that sometimes the results are good, sometimes not. This varies day to day and not to worry, you can always change your search terms or get rid of an alert that isn't working for you. Read the summaries (you can limit it to blogs) and comment back on what you have read with your blog name. The idea is to get all eyes pointing back to you.
CSB's - Any thing to add to this? Next: Twitter me this!