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Seth Godin is one of my favourite bloggers. I have his blog on my rss feed reader (google reader) and I frequently enjoy his short, thought-provoking posts.

Today he posted a piece entitled The wealthy gardener where he mentions that he was asked at a talk how to make a lot of money blogging. Seth says he wouldn’t be surprised if at another talk on orchid growing somebody asks how to make a lot of money growing orchids.

He says

Sure, people make money growing orchids. Some people probably get rich growing orchids. Not many though. And my guess is that the people who do make money gardening probably didn’t set out to do so.

The lesson he says is

the benefits kick in best when you don’t set out to achieve them.

This is a very different counsel from the one we read more commonly – that the way to get what you want is to set it as a clear goal, visualise it, then pursue it relentlessly.

I like this message – I think you should do what you feel passionate about – and sometimes, sure, that activity might bring a decent income.

What do you think?

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Amy has nominated me for Best Health Blog – if you click on the badge top right it’ll take you to the Blogger’s Choice Awards to add your vote (if you’d like to!)

While you’re at it, Amy’s been nominated for three awards – photography, writing and parenting. Go visit her blog and see what you think.

Who’s Amy? She’s my amazing daughter of course! Am I biased ? You bet! But, seriously, don’t take my word for it, go and make up your own mind.

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Here’s a free online tool I came across. It’s called sitegrader. You can put in the url of any website (like your blog for example!) and it’ll find out how well connected it is by gathering figures from search engines and so on. You get an overall score. I got 63 today – which means, apparently, “of the thousands of websites that have previously been submitted to the tool, our algorithm has calculated that this site scores higher than 63% of them in terms of its marketing effectiveness”

OK, for me, it’s just a bit of fun really, but one of the reasons to blog is to try and say something and if nobody can find you then nobody can read you, can they?

The site also makes recommendations on how to improve your visibility.

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