Ryan Biddulph – Blogging from Paradise
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ryan Biddulph of bloggingfromparadise.com. Ryan has spent the last five years doing something many of us only dream about - he island-hops from one paradise to another and blogs his adventures. His travels have taken him to so many exotic places around the globe, it might be faster to list where he HASN'T been. During our discussion, we chatted about how you can create income from blogging and adapt the things he's learned to create a level of freedom in your life.
What follows are a few powerful points from our chat, but as always, I encourage you to check out the full interview on the PathHunters.com website.
1. It’s often at our darkest moments that our path reveals itself.
Eight years ago, Ryan had been fired from his security guard job, where he had been working 18-hour shifts. He had developed incredibly limiting beliefs concerning money and entrepreneurship, and as a result, the stress (and his debt) mounted. He felt abandoned and lost at the time. It was from that dark place that Ryan decided that he couldn’t go back to the standard 9-5, he could no longer bear the thought of leaving his destiny and career in the hands of others.
2. You don’t have to be a genius to begin.
Ryan didn’t even know what blogging was when he began. He knew how to check ESPN.com and his email. The internet was this mysterious “thing” out there that seemed incomprehensible. When is wife told him about blogging and using it as a business, he decided to give it a try. After some initial struggles, Ryan was able to monetize it enough to travel the world, eventually deciding to share his experiences and expertise with others.
3. Be careful what you focus on.
One the reasons Ryan struggled so much in the beginning was that he was focused on getting money. When one is focused on getting, they are less focused on giving. It seems counterintuitive, but people who focus on getting money, usually don’t make very much. When your focus changes to giving value and making real connections with people, you will often receive far more. In the end if we all focus on giving, then we all end up receiving.
4. Your network is your net worth.
Ryan was fortunate if that he had a strong network of friends and family who supported him no matter what he did. It’s important to surround yourself with people who want the best for you, and who trust you to do the right thing, but also those who will occasionally challenge you when you falter, giving that gentle but firm nudge to keep going along your chosen path.
5. Do some housecleaning.
One of the first thing Ryan had to do to create real success with his blogging was to clear out a lot of the limiting beliefs and attitudes he had developed over time. This “letting go” is often far more difficult than we realize, but it’s essential to moving forward and following your path.
6. Follow your passions.
Ryan writes about subjects he’s passionate about. He likes to say “profit to your passions, follow your fun.” Eighty one percent of bloggers never make more than hundred dollars during their entire online career. The reason? They didn’t write about subjects they were passionate about, and as a result, didn’t have the energy to keep going. When looking for a subject to blog about, don’t spend too much time worried about what people will want to read. Focus entirely on subject that you could talk about for DAYS at a time. That kind of passion will create a solid foundation for your blog, a foundation on which you can begin monetization and real success.
7. Be careful of being a Jack-of-all-trades.
Multiple income streams are a great way to increase your monetization opportunities. Along with his blog, Ryan writes eBooks, does freelance writing, guest blogging, affiliate marketing, etc. However, he cautions that you should spend a significant amount of time (3-6 months ideally) on each income stream in order to become very proficient at each. Otherwise, you run the risk of doing a lot of different things, but none of them very well, thereby diluting any benefit you may have gotten.
These ideas give you a taste of our chat. It was uplifting and exciting and I encourage you the head over right now to PathHunters.com and listen to my entire interview with Ryan Biddulph.