Todd Mintz wrote an article at Search Engine guide that I thought many of you would like. He named it How To Be A Blogging Idol Instead Of An Idle Blogger.
It goes through the basics; writing good copy, narrowing your focus, write often, and monetize when applicable. And also touches on some advanced topics; pinging, rss, link building and press releases.
Towards the end of the article, he reviews the success story results. There is some weekend reading for you all.