Hi I find this entry interesting. There is this sort of time when I felt like giving up on blogging because I think I don't have reader at all and I am quite frustrated looking at my stat page with 0 views most of the time. But as you mentioned try and try again, different tactics and be persistent, never give up and slowly, with the little changes I made everyday my blog traffic increases and I'm still working on it now. Thanks for reminding me again and other bloggers to never give up.
I believe blogging is a game for the paitient, after all you won't get traffic and then readers over night. Just concentrate on providing quality content do some guest blogging etc and in time traffic and readers will come.