Usually, we work to go on a vacation, but Ryan Biddulph vacations for work and he teaches us the ways we can, too. As a blogger, he has been advocating to speak with your authentic self and shows how much we can work our way into a freer lifestyle. Ryan shares how he broke free from working long hours as a security guard to becoming an island-hopping blogger. All it takes is that decision to move past that fear and letting the universe speak to you. Going deeper into blogging, he talks about making connections with people through the words that you write.
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Blogging: Vacationing For Work with Ryan Biddulph
I have a special guest with me. His name is Ryan Biddulph. He is an ex-fired security guard and he turned into an island-hopping pro blogger at BloggingFromParadise.com. Ryan has appeared on Richard Branson’s Virgin blog, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fox News and The Huffington Post. Ryan has written and self-published 126 eBooks and four online courses to offer you successful blogging tips and entertaining travel stories from his globetrotting experience. He can help you retire to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Welcome to Heartrepreneur Radio, Ryan.
Terri, thanks so much for having me. I appreciate it.
I had to have you. I was taking a look at you and considering you for the show. Then BloggingFromParadise.com and looking at the image, I was like, “I’m done. You have to be on the show.” Here you were and ex-fired security guard. How do you turn out to go, “I’m going to start blogging?” How does this all transpire?
My old lifestyle was so bound up around the idea of putting crazy long hours. I had such a sense of contrast working seven days a week, sometimes eighteen hours a day as a security guard. I knew the next step I made had to be something freeing. It was one of those deals where I had the contrast and I had the experience. I knew the next step I was going to take was going to be “epic” from that bound lifestyle to something more fun and freeing. My then girlfriend and now wife, Kelly, told me about prospering online after I got the pink slip. I slowly but surely, emphasis on slowly, built up my blogging online real estate to where I could do it full time and travel. It was having that idea that I want to do something fun and freeing with my life. Then it was about jumping online, learning the basics and getting the practical tips. From that point, everything started to slowly but steadily expand.
It’s day one and you’re going to do a blog. How did you know what you were going to blog about? What came up for you?
In the beginning, it was a totally different niche. I wanted to make money online. Like a lot of folks in the beginning, my intent wasn’t quite as pure. This was back in the day when people who were dominating Google are doing more of the lower energy thing, the manipulation and all that good stuff, also known as bad stuff. In the beginning, it was more about making money online, but about five years in online space I had some success, but my host pulled a thousand of my blog posts. They were like, “The opportunity you’re engaged in, we don’t like it as much. Either you pull these posts or you trash your blogs.” We were in Fiji and I was like, “I didn’t feel as authentic to me. I lost the fire.” I sat there and I was like, “Universe, send me an idea.” Five seconds later this idea popped into my mind; blogging from paradise, retire to a life of island hopping and smart blogging.” That’s what I’ve done for the past four years or three years at the time, so just run with it. I was like, “I’m going to teach people how to blog,” and then everything progressed from there.
I love how you just tapped in and let the universe tell you. Isn’t it true that so much of the answers are right in front of our eyes and sometimes we just have to ask the right question and be quiet?
They really are there every time. It’s just the fear and facing, embracing, and releasing it, because the fear that we hold to and that we cling to is the only thing that blocks the vision, the clarity, reaching out with our arm and wrapping that idea. It’s right there always.The fear that we cling to is the only thing that blocks the vision. Click To Tweet
How did you get connected with Richard Branson and Forbes? How did you make those connections? How did that happen?
A big part of it is doing the authentic thing, blogging with fun, blogging for the love of blogging. Your voice comes out to where you could pop up on the radar of some of these “big dog” influencers. That’s a huge part of it, to have an interesting story to tell in your voice. Then also connecting with as many folks as possible, promoting a bunch of folks, and helping a bunch of folks. I feature a lot of people on my blog. Your friend network grows and you have an interesting story to tell. A gazillion folks out there are promoting you and telling it with you. That’s how you pop up on the radar of some of these influential bloggers and influential entrepreneurs around the world. Create that content, do it in your voice, be authentic and make a lot of friends by helping people out. Then you can gain some influence out there yourself and be on some awesome sites.
This is a great advice and one of the pieces that I want our audience to know is making a lot of friends. All of us need to expand our hubs, expand our circles, and be willing to give and share the fact that you give other people a platform on your blog. It comes from a very heart-based place, which is one of the reasons I wanted to have you on the show. I find that an important and a valuable information. I’ve been interviewing people for twenty-something years. Some people will show up and they will publish twenty eBooks, 30. I had one that maybe did 50. I’ve never talked to anyone who’s published 126. How did that all come to be and what’s happening as a result of that?
I feel like I’ve cheated because I went through this run in Bali. I was living in a football field-sized villa, house-sitting for six months and living there rent-free. It was an absolutely stunning villa. I was really in the moment. You can do it from anywhere in the world when you’re in the moment, but I went on this creative tower. Every morning I’d get up and be like, “I’m going to write a 6,000-word eBook today or 8,000-word eBook.” They are bite-sized. It’s almost like most of them are pillar style posts. It’s a short read, 30 to 45 minutes.
For three months in a row, every single day I wrote and self-published a 6,000-word eBook based on experiences that I had and defining information. I got up and this idea would hit me, then I’d sit down for three hours. It’s a peaceful spot in Bali and I just write. More than anything it’s that eye-popping like, “How the heck did you do that?” That’s one of the crazy things that have come out of it from a branding perspective. Then, also developing a nice passive income stream. The eBooks, I’ve converted about 30 audiobooks as well and some paperback. A lot of it has just been the beginning more of, “How the heck did you do that?” More so than that, I’ve come to enjoy the fact that I’m inspiring people to blast through their mental box because people will be like, “He can do 126. I could at least do one.” That’s really why I’m doing it.
I hope our audience sees that because all of you, whether you think you can write or you can’t write, you can and you all have the potential to at least pushed out one eBook. You don’t have to write a big novel. It’s a little bit of writing and it’s not a lot of writing. It’s not writing for school and you don’t have to write perfectly. Write in your voice. People like to listen to things that are in someone’s voice. They like to read books, eBooks, and blogs that are in your authentic voice. Do you help other people learn to blog or learn to do what you do? What’s in your courses?
I dive heavily into how to build a freeing lifestyle through blogging. In all my courses, it’s doing things from the heart-centered energy fun space because everything in life is energy. It’s what you’re putting out there from a place of love and fun. I dive heavily into the inner world of blogging, teaching people how to build a successful blog based on the fundamentals; how to get featured on famous blogs, getting your mind right, and getting your inner world right so you could grow your business. That’s the heavy emphasis among all my courses rather because there’s so much good information out there. With the course, you’re learning in the proper format and with the right structure, so it’s easier to tackle some of these topics from a clearer space or from an easier space when you have it there in front of you. All of them are focused on that and then my eBooks as well too. It’s getting down to the fundamentals of blogging so you don’t have to flop around like a fish out of water for the first couple of years like I did.
I love that you’re paying it forward. I love that you’re helping others and we do have lots of heart-centered business owners who asked questions all the time about blogging. They want blogging tips and they want to understand. I know that BloggingFromParadise.com certainly has to resonate and has to be exciting, the thought of it and the idea of it. Ryan had been a security guard, he got the pink slip and literally turned everything around. I bet you have a very different life now.
A little bit. We booked a trip to Qatar, the wealthiest country on Earth. It’s crazy when I think about how my life used to be.Create that content. Do it in your voice, be authentic, and make a lot of friends by helping people out. Click To Tweet
Where can people go to connect with you, learn about you and what’s the next action they should take? If it’s resonating that, “Maybe I need to look at blogging. Maybe I can change my life and I can do island hopping too, who knows?” How can they make that connection?
You can visit my blog at BloggingFromParadise.com. That’s where all my online stuff is and my online real estate. That connection you speak of, you have to find your highest fun. What you would love the most, that’s the blogging topic. Whatever you think you can gab about all day long, that’s where that energy is, to create something really amazing, fun and freeing for yourself and other people. When you’re thinking about blogging, think all about the topic, something you feel so impassioned about, not even caring about the money. That puts you in that level of some detachment, which helps you build a successful blog to blog in your voice and to make the connections to help you create something amazing for yourself and for the people who follow you.
I went over to your site when we booked your interview. First, I got on the site and looked at the ocean, which is my favorite thing. I was taken in with your site instantaneously. I saw the photo of you with all the lush greens behind you and more beaches. I took a look at the bottom and it said something like, “Get a free eBook.” I was like, “What? Get a free eBook every Friday? It can’t be right.” Most people have a website that says, “Opt-in here and get my free special report.” This is the first time I have ever heard of that. I’d recommend this to every audience for two reasons.
One is you’re going to learn a ton when you go on over to BloggingFromParadise.com and the second thing is I know you’re going to fall in love with this website. I want you to take a minute and imagine yourself. If you’re not doing what you love, having fun doing what resonates with you, start opening your mind and saying what is possible. When you look at what Ryan has created, it will help you open your mind to greater possibilities. Sign up, get that weekly eBook, and look at the courses. What’s next for you? Is there anything special, big and new on the radar?
Online wise, it’s just a ton of guest posting and a ton of interviews. I’m expanding my presence. Offline wise, we’re excited about our trip to Qatar. It’s the wealthiest country in the world and being in that environment of opulence, that’s going to be so much fun. I’m exposing myself to that. I’m going to be expanding more and more to dive into it. Those are the big developments. I’m so excited and grateful.
I am delighted that I got to meet you. This was a great interview and I like to stay in touch with you. I’m definitely going to your website signing up and I’m recommending that everybody does this. Normally on a show, I’m not this adamant and I’m adamant because this is definitely something that Heartrepreneurs will fall in love with. You are definitely a Heartrepreneur, Ryan. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you for joining us here. I appreciate you and keep on keeping on.
Thank you so much for having me. I appreciate it. It was a total blast.
About Ryan Biddulph
I was born in New Jersey into a loving family. Dad worked for a shipping company and mom was a nurse. I was raised in a strong, supportive household so I had an awesome start in life.
As for business acumen, I had zero entrepreneurial bones in my body. I figured you went to school, got a job, worked for somebody else, raised a family, and that’s what you were supposed to do.
My life views would change dramatically as I entered the working world.