Gates Foundation Annual Letter 2015 – Are You a Global Citizen?

gates foundation annual letterEvery year, for the past fifteen years, Bill and Melinda Gates have released an annual letter, on behalf of their foundation, talking about improvements that can be made globally in health, education and reducing inequity.  In last year’s letter, they talked about many of the ways the world has improved over the past fifteen years.

In this year’s letter, they are making a bet for the next fifteen years: that the lives of people in poor countries will improve faster in the next 15 years than at any other time in history thanks to breakthroughs in health, farming, banking, and education.  At the end of the infographics you will find some tips on how you can help the Gates’ bet come true.

Child Deaths Will Go Down and More Diseases Will Be Wiped Out

Gates Foundation annual letterAfrica Will Be Able to Feed Itself

Gates Foundation annual letterMobile Banking Will Help the Poor Transform Their Lives

Gates Foundation annual letterBetter Software Will Revolutionize Learning

Gates Foundation Annual LetterAre You Ready to Be a Global Citizen?

Do you care about helping those in the world’s poorest places improve their lives?  Then you have what it takes to be a global citizen.

The Gates Foundation is recruiting tens of millions of global citizens.  Here’s the description from their letter:

Becoming a global citizen doesn’t mean you have to dedicate your life to helping the poor. It does mean you follow an issue of global importance—whether it’s one we wrote about in this letter, or another, like human rights or governance. You take a few minutes once in a while to learn about the lives of people who are worse off than you are. (In fact, if you’re still reading this far into our letter, you are probably a global citizen.) You’re willing to act on your compassion, whether it’s raising awareness, volunteering your time, or giving a little money.

If you want to be a global citizen, you can sign up at

You will be able to get updates on how you can help, share what you’re learning, and connect with other people and organizations who care about similar issues.

Are you a global citizen?  What do you think is the biggest issue affecting growth and improvement for all the world’s citizens?

Do You Make Money Blogging?

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One of the questions I am asked quite a bit by friends and family is “do you make money blogging?”

The simple answer is yes.  The actual answer is a bit more complicated.

 I didn’t get into blogging to make money.  And I will continue to blog whether or not I ever make another cent.  I blog so my head doesn’t explode.  Seriously.

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But after a few months of blogging, I found out I could make a little bit of money.  At least enough to pay for my domain name and monthly blog hosting.  So I signed up with Social Spark, a company which links bloggers with companies who want sponsored posts, in which the company pays a fee for a post about their product (not a review).

I actively pursue leads on Social Spark, but other than that, I mostly just wait for offers to come to me or listen in the blogging groups I belong to, for leads that apply to things I am interested in.  For instance, I don’t blog about diapers.  Ever.

I also signed up with for pay-per-click advertising.  This is the ad block you see running in the upper right corner of my blog.  If you click on an ad you are interested in, I can earn a little bit of money (usually less than $2 a month).

In addition to the money I make from my blog (which mostly goes back into the blog), I also ghost blog for  In ghost blogging, I make about $8 a blog to write for corporate websites on whatever topic they request.  I can pick and choose the topics I am interested in and write them in my spare time.

And the last way I make money from my blog is through  I don’t make much, but if you click through one of my book links to buy something I get a small commission and, of course, if you purchase my book, Peace and Quiet: A Cautionary Tale, I get a percentage of the sales.

So do I make a lot of money from blogging and writing?  No.  Right now, it’s between $100-200 a month.  But it pays my blogging fees and gives me some “fun money” outside of my regular paycheck.

My advice: Don’t get into blogging to make money.  Get into blogging because you have something to say and you need to say it or…

Are you a blogger?  Why do you blog? Please leave your answer in the comments below.

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