A couple of interesting posts showed up recently from fellow bloggers that are worth discussing and I find them very pertinent to defining what your investing strategy is.
The Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Dividend Paying Stocks @ My Own Advisor
Dividends provide an immediate return
Your safety buffer against the worst case scenario
Dividends increase over time
Dividends have a long history of being paid
Dividend yield can help you determine when to buy