Just Because You Haven’t Done It

One of the things about having an incurable disease or two is that you learn a valuable lesson that many people who live a “normal” life do not; you CAN and WILL accommodate whatever you need to, to survive.

This motivation to writing this post came from listening to Dan Benjamin and Merlin Mann speaking yesterday on the Back To Work podcast about whether it is possible to give something 100% attention, say to a new enterprise, while working in a job.  At around the 50 minute mark Dan is talking about how he believes he succeeded in creating 5by5 is because of the timing. How if he had started even “a month before” he may have failed….and as he turns back to Merlin for his opinion you can hear that Merlin is thinking long and hard about what Dan just said, you can hear the gears grinding in his head; and I think that Merlin disagrees. I certainly do.

As I just wrote in a response to Ed Dale on Google+

No! timing is just when it happens.. There isn’t some magical “time and place” where it will happen no matter what- “time and place” is just where you happen to be after you have been putting the work in to make it happen.

Dragging this back to the post title, if you haven’t actually done these things then it’s hard to imagine that they can actually be done. Just like living with an incurable disease. If you haven’t REALLY had to work two jobs, moonlighting your passion so to speak, then it must seem impossible that you could improve, progress and get to the jumping off point.  On behalf of those of us that did work a job and work on the “enterprise” in the time left over (and I consider that i did it for years and years) I say to you Dan Benjamin, you are wrong.  The only thing you don’t put in 100% is 24 hours a day, but if you are using all the time you have then that’s still 100% effort!

I am not going to claim that working your passion 50 or 100% of the time will guarantee success. Nothing guarantees success. But don’t tell people they might as well not even START because they will be doing a half arsed job and that’s not good enough – so NOT true.

If you want to do this crazy stuff, then do it, for how ever many hours you have.


p.s. Ed was talking about an article about the advice John Mayer had given the kids at Berklee and it iis really worth reading if you are one of the ones that want to make it for your art or enterprise . Basically feel the SUCK but do it anyway


timing is nothing


Today I turned comments in this blog to Do-Follow because I want to encourage people to leave comments. Simple as that really. Dofollow is the gift that keeps on giving, and slowly bloggers are coming to realise this and releasing their tight grasp on controlling where their link juice goes.

If none of this means anything to you, fear not. In a nutshell – it’s a good thing for your blog if you leave your blog details in the ID part of the comment section.

Of course there are always peanuts out there who will want to game what is going on and leave stupid things like “nice post” . Those comments will not be approved, creativity does not come from crapping on other people’s blogs. I am sure not going to reward it.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

DoFollow is on - Image courtesy of Pensiero

DoFollow is on - Image courtesy of Pensiero

Allison Reynolds Makes The Grade

Allison Reynolds the Movie? You might have noticed the video I have just posted ( Allison Reynolds the Movie ) and wondered “what on earth is she doing?!?!?!”.

To recap, I have been working to ensure that my blog ranks #1 for the Google search term Allison Reynolds.

For many of you out there that might not be an issue as you have unusual names, or there is not that much in the way of competition, or you have some awesome backlinking going on. But woe is me, my name happens to coincide with that of a character from an 80′s cult movie and that means I have some pretty stiff competition from fan sites and entertainment trivia type sites.

It is pretty important to your internet image to be able to be instantly found by a search for your name. Sure it may seem like a huge vanity trip to be fighting for that #1 position, yet when you think about how hard names are protected in business you should realise that your name is a huge part of your “brand”.

Exhibit A

Allison Reynolds makes the grade

Allison Reynolds makes the grade

After 6 months the blog has worked its way up from position 7-9 to position 1 & 2 according to SEO type measurement (yay!!!!) . For the average punter looking for my name there are those two pesky YouTube videos at the top.  Hmm, how does one get around those two. Well first is to have some competition against them, which means….videos.

If you search YouTube for Allison Reynolds this is what you will see

Allison Reynolds YouTube Search

Allison Reynolds YouTube Search

Now I Have a video up there from a year ago for my fund-raising activities and I am going to leave that doing what it does. What I need now is something that can be linked to the blog and possibly get a leg up from the blog’s authority.  You will note that to get to top position in YouTube I need to get 17k+ views and 5 stars. Well when people catch on that there is one frame in my video of me totally naked I am sure I will grab a few more views (that is totally a joke …. maybe).

Until then it will be same old, same old. Building more authority, and I am an expert in me :)

Damn You Allison Reynolds – Update

A couple of days ago I wrote about how I am having difficulties with my name being matched with another Allison Reynolds who is slightly more famous than me (something to do with being in an 80′s cult flick).

The good news is, just by posting that post I have managed to climb from 9 to 7 in Google. No social book marking, no link love from anywhere else. Just some prudent posting in a form that the search engines appreciate.

Onward and upward I say!