Last Updated on 3 years by Christopher Jan Benitez
Most professionals keep full-time jobs to support their families and pay for the expenses. In exchange, these professionals sacrifice their time and freedom to slave for a job they probably don’t like in the first place, resulting in a less fulfilling and happy life.
But there is always a way around obstacles. For Ryan Biddulph, that way is blogging.
Ryan was able to build a successful blog that generates money even when he is doing nothing! More importantly, he is blogging about something he is passionate about — traveling and hopping from one island to the next.
Read and learn how Ryan was about to turn his failing fortunes around through hard work and perserverance.
1. What was the moment that made you decide to become a professional blogger?
Chris, I was fired. Being axed pointed me in a freeing direction. I tired of the 9-5. I wanted something more freeing. So I chose to be a pro. Of course, the pro career and money flowed in later but that decision happened the second I thought of my career path, after I got fired from my security guard job.
2. Before you started blogging, what were you doing as a professional?
I was a security guard working at a shipping terminal in New Jersey.
3. What was the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome as a beginner blogger?
I blogged for money. That idea stuck to my mind; I clung to it, held it and did all online to make a buck. I tied myself to outcomes. Then money did not flow in I had a fit, and I’d quit, or fail like mad for months at a time. Eventually I blogged to free me and to free my audience, then I decided a few months back to just blog for fun, to detach a bit more and to let the Universe/God iron out all the details. Trusting in the process more freely has made this journey a blast.
4. Any horror client stories you’d like to share with us and how you dealt with the situation?
Going broke LOL. I went $70,000 into debt, and one day, when I looked into my wallet, 4 little pennies stared back at me. It was terrifying but I have learned that all proceeds perfectly, just as it should to show your fears to you. When you face and clear these horrors and fears you will become more powerful than you ever dreamed of. But going broke was scary to me. I was such a prideful idiot that I largely stopped eating, lost 30 pounds and looked like a cancer patient when Kelli returned from a trip and saw me. Kelli my then girlfriend, now, wife. My parents would beg me to eat a bunch of food whenever i stopped by. They knew something was up. But I was too prideful and stubborn to say that I had no money.
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5. Which blog post you have written that you feel the proudest?
I’m not really proud of anything because pride destroyed me in the past. As has been said in a Star Wars movie, “Double the pride, twice the fall.” I prefer to be self-deprecating, making fun of myself, realizing that what is no big deal. That way, when someone tells me I’m awesome, I don’t let it swell my head, and when someone tells me I’m crap, it doesn’t bother me one bit. OK…..if there is ONE accomplishment where I fooled something and thought it was cool….it’d be this blog post, only because I hadn’t seen anything like it online ever. But I was blessed to be stalked by 2 street walkers that morning in Bangkok: http://www.
6. Who among your blogging peers do you consider the best and why?
Darren Rowse because he covers blogging from all different angles and has built a fab community.
Adrienne Smith for being the best networking blogger on the planet.
Zac Johnson for monetizing his blog like a champion.
Don Purdum for building a prospering business through his rocking blog.
7. What do you think separates yourself from other good bloggers out there?
Not sure about that…..I kinda see myself like them. We all tell our stories. I guess I just try to be as down to earth as possible, writing how I speak, and I also have some cool stories to tell from some of the most exotic spots on earth.
8. List down the blogging tools that you use and explain why people should use them for their own blogs.
None really. I am not a tool guy, outside of Hootsuite Pro. I like publishing posts, and commenting on blogs, and sharing posts on social. Works pretty swell for me.
9. How “successful” would you consider your blog?
Chris, I believe success is a fallacy in many ways. I mean, we use the word, but many bloggers – including me, to this day, at times – but have no definition behind it. My blog isn’t successful really. I may say it, but I am lying in the moment. My blog is a tool through which I can connect with people to help them. My blog has also helped to free me, being a tool which has helped me travel the world. I move away from the idea of success or of comparing or judging me or others or my blog, and just feel grateful for my experiences.
10. What do you think are the upcoming blogging trends people need to watch out for?
Don’t look out for trends
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Then you set the trend 🙂
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