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Bye bye '09At the end of a strange year even by my standards, I found myself proverbially flipping through the pages of this blog and looking back on all the posts of 2009. I forget sometimes how random the frothing rantings of a mad man can seem.

I hope you guys found some entertainment and hopefully a helpful idea or passage from time to time, reading all these posts now is strangely personal. It’s very much like a journal of the year, each post reminding me of a year that has been. A full stop in the paragraph that is my life.

This blogging business can’t help but be personal. The more I look at the time I spend and the record I’m leaving, I know that this blog will become a pillar for me in 2010. We get out what we put into our work. I plan to achieve a lot on this blog in 2010 and in return am steeling myself for a lot of hard work and dedication.

Lessons I learnt in 2009

  • Blogging is a social event not a post or a blog, writing a post is only the start
  • Get your own domain
  • Learn enough HTML to break your site
  • Then go learn some more to fix it
  • Blogging is the disease and the cure – pour hours into your blog for little gain when you begin and soon you’ll be pouring hours into your blog for not much more gain
  • Write often
  • Write clearly
  • Involve your family and friends or suffer the consequences it’s tough out there on your own
  • Give what you hope to receive
  • Spend less time on design and more on content – no one ever said “well that was a life changing message, but can you believe that font, I’m never coming back here!”
  • Don’t be to proud to ask
  • Don’t re-invent the wheel
  • Social media is your friend
It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets. ~William Thomas

Many of you are new and probably missed a lot of monetize so here’s a quick recap of 2009 on Monetize Your Life .

Top 5 posts by Unique visits

  1. Evernote Review
  2. How I use Evernote
  3. Refocus on your goals with goal tracking tools
  4. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  5. Conquer your fear of success

Top 5 posts by comments

  1. SEO – Your writing Should Engage Others
  2. What’s more important what’s Right or getting caught
  3. Enjoy 60 Good Seconds with me – Beginner meditation in 60 seconds
  4. Using Evernote: How I process my Stuff
  5. Oh how I love Spam! Lessons on accepting what Is in your life

Top 5 blogs I read

With that I am now officially back from my end of year break will put the year that was to bed. Let’s Boldly go into 2010, where no one has gone before.

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. ~Bill Vaughan

Onward and upward.

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3067146121_b594beb913 One of the peculiarities of life is the way in which each of us engage in living, while Robert Bravery’s post, about the scourge that is Spam (go read it it’s full of good tips for thwarting spam), struck a nerve with me and will with most any blogger out there, it also started me thinking. The thought of having to purge my comment moderation queue has become quite too much for me to bear on most days. I mean if only we didn’t have this problem if only there was a solution that would fix it for us for good.

Everything will not run smoothly

Well honestly if we did find that solution. The chemical weapon for the spam that lurks round our blogging community. There’d be some new way the idle and uninventive would find to annoy us into submission. There is one reality, everything will not run smooth. There will always be threats to our blogging way of life. People just naturally want something for nothing and they’ll prey on anyone they can.

Being able to communicate with you is a gift, perhaps spam is a fair price

So while I value Robert’s post and useful advice I also started remembering when  I just started out. Feel free to giggle, but when I started out blogging I was kind of happy when the filthy spammers found me. I mean if they could find me I must be doing something right. Knowing a little more about the dark arts of the spammers now I know that’s not exactly true. I mean those spammers could find a open space on bathroom cubicle door at a rock concert if it had a some page rank. (perhaps the spammers should start a search engine). But long before my face turned to a scowl at the site of corny joke, naked celebrities and the answer to all bedroom problems stuffed into a pill, I used to get a bit of a buzz. I dug in and said now I’m a blogger. I’m paying my dues. I still try and remember that, see the thing is even as Monetize Your Life goes from strength to strength and my readers increase along with it my spam, I’m still paying my dues. I’m thankful that I’m able to communicate with my readers and if the price of that is some spam so be it. With helpful posts by Robert and the rest of the blogging community at least I know I’ll be doing everything I can.

When Good Enough is Good Enough! Accept what is

When it comes to these irritations in life I think the answer is to find the enough that is enough. We will never get rid of all the frustration that is spam or anything else that intrudes on our lives. Whether it’s the overbearing boss or nosey neighbour. Should we ignore it, of course not. Our time is our own, our readers are our own, there’s no need to give up but once all available methods have been exhausted we need  be able to let go and accept  what is. These are realities in life that we cannot change. If we fight these realities, we empower them to affect our happiness, our self worth and our interactions with the world. When we simply accept them and embrace them look at the other side of their existence we allow them to inject value into our lives instead.

Why I love Spam

  • My blog is fully functional I’ve received some spam!!!
  • My blog is visible on the web, those pesky spammers found me. Yippee!
  • Ok I’m not the only one that finds some of those corny jokes funny… ‘fess up
  • Spam detection as an industry employs people, reduced unemployment is a good thing
  • How awesome is it to find that one piece of “not spam” amongst the x-rated and pharmaceutical ads it’s kind of like finding a hundred bucks in pants you haven’t worn in ages
  • Perhaps you really do need those special pills… It could happen… when it does, you’ll be happy all those helpful folks sent you their contact details

Perhaps taking the time to see the value in something you currently view as negative would help to improve the value you see in your life.

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<div xmlns:cc="" about=""><a rel="cc:attributionURL" href= There is a warmth to candlelight a warmth that’s has been counteracted in the 21st century. The cold calculated face of technology has stolen that warmth from us. We have light but Somewhere along the way we lost the wonder of light, the glow of candlelight the sound of silence competing with natures orchestra.

I was reminded of my love for that warmth and the sound of that silence last week when some genius in a Coca Cola truck flattened a fairly important pole down the road from me. Plunged into darkness I found myself free. Free from the temptation of the television, free of the drone of the technology, my apartment walls looking a alive as the shadows crept up and down the walls as if chased by the candlelight.

I ended up reading most of the evening in the silence time seemed to be feeling a bit soppy and enveloped me and instead of running away from me as it’s been known to do, we proceeded through the evening in a sweet embrace. For once I didn’t feel rushed or anxious. Technology withdrew and calm descended in the space it left behind.

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If anything or anyone distresses you, think how you’ll probably feel a week—a month—a year later. If you can imagine yourself being happy and peaceful then, why waste all that time? Be happy and peaceful now!

Swami Kriyananda

A dog has no need of the future. It fully experiences each moment that passes and when it’s passed experiences the next. However a dog cannot exert it’s inner strength and better the lives of dogs everywhere. They cannot re-create there worlds the way they want to.

We can. Yet or inability to master what our canine friends can do leaves us where we are. We struggle with allowing our present to become our past. We re-live our victories afraid we’ll not have any more and we wallow in our miseries afraid of encountering anymore.

Embrace your human endowments travel through time and find yourself where you e would like to be then look ball and realize that the path from where you were now to there can be reached but only if you do anything but what you’re doing now, nothing.

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lighthouse Life is often seen as a journey, a long voyage through troubled seas. I disagree life is a a function of the company we keep. Every day our seas are ravaged by storms of adversity and strife. Many of us are caught in amongst swells being thrown about and generally feeling out of control of our vessels and our journey’s.

How do we arrest this and bring our lives under control? Simple, realize that this is just a metaphor, you don’t have to be the boat. Your life need not be out of control and better still you can make it your job to save more vessels in distress.

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