400 pound tigers.
Me looking like a by-product of Gollum and Trevor Reznik.
I’ve had some wild experiences on the road.
Today, I want to help you accelerate your blogging success by turning these sometimes death-defying, often humorous, at times, bat-shit crazy experiences into rocking blogging lessons.
Dudes and dudettes, you can and will continue to live your wildest dreams by following a few simple, powerful blogging lessons persistently.
Note; before we begin, if you find these stories entertaining, enlightening….and…..fun….tweet Netflix’s Twitter Account (click that link) this blog post with…….”Make a series of this guy’s life!”
If a former fired security guard like me can have these experiences imagine how we can inspire the world to travel, to live life and to grow like a stinking weed with a Blogging From Paradise Netflix series.
Let’s dive in.
1: Grow Some F*cking Balls (Sitting with Three 400 Pound Tigers in Thailand)
The 400 pound behemoth with switchblades for teeth sat beside me.
Don’t believe the BS shared by some individuals; these guys were energized (peep them when the ice blocks come out), engaged and ready to roll.
It took balls to get inside the cage with three, 400 pound tigers right up the road from where we are staying in Chiang Mai, Thailand. But I went for it, to have an unforgettable experience.
It takes cajones to blog successfully. Courage. Boldness. More than anything, it takes establishing clarity around blogging, to rock it out.
Dive in. With both feet. Get clear. If you are timid, grow a pair. Be bold! The rewards of living your dreams through blogging are worth a few seconds of being uncomfortable.
2: Please Hire Help…..Quickly! (Nearly Dying from Giardia in India)
After losing 20 pounds in a little over a week in India, I became dangerously dehydrated. My pulse was feeble (exact words of doctor in the emergency room). I nearly died. But things should NOT have reached this point.
Kelli snapped this shot AFTER I gained 5-7 pounds, post hospital visit and hydrating via IV drip.
If I went for help – aka, visited the hospital – 2-3 days after my stomach went all funky I’d have prevented dehydration, would have crushed the giardia with antibiotics and would have avoided a horrifying circumstance.
Guys….when you need help….get it! HIRE it. Ask for assistance.
When I have blogging problems I *immediately* submit a support ticket to Krystal and message Phillip Dews.
No need to have a feeble blogging pulse.
3: Bring Howitzers, Please (Staring Down a Spitting Cobra in Bali)
The spitter danced left and right, lining us up in his sights.
Thank goodness I came armed with a big old spade.
When house sitting in Bali, a spitting cobra broke into the chicken coop. After killing the mama hen and 2 chicks, we dispatched of the cobra with a spade I carried from the tool shed. Without the spade – or a pair of shades (to shield eyes from the spitting cobra’s venom) – we may have been slayed (Rapping Dork).
We needed the tools of the Cobra Dispatching Trade to prevent all of the chickies from being slayed.
Here are your blogging howitzers (tools of the trade):
- self hosted WordPress.org blog
- domain name
- premium theme
- a handful of beneficial plug ins
At a minimum, pay for these blogging tools. Don’t come to blogging battle with a freaking pea shooter. Strap on the big guns. Like you’re starring in the movie Predator (aka my fave movie of all time….stop laughing!).
4: Was It a Smidge of Cocaine? (Jackson Pollack Toilets in Peru)
My toilet looked like a Jackson Pollack painting. Like a jambalaya of half-digested Fruity Pebbles.
I became violently ill in Cusco, Peru. After consuming too much coca tea, I got a little high, clouded my judgment and ate old, not too fresh, food from the fridge I had no business ingesting.
Violent Vomiting – some 15 times – over the next 24 hours taught me a lesson: thinking clearly is one of your greatest assets.
If I thought clearly, I throw the food out versus cramming it down my Gringo Gullet.
Thinking clearly helps you avoid nasty blogging situations. NOT assessing your blog through the filter of fear but instead, thinking clearly and seeing your blog through the filter of love, helps you make changes to get clearer on your blog and to move in a more prospering direction.
Example; because I was thinking clearly, I recently simplified my opt in and shared it in more spots. Including at post’s end. So I netted more subscribers. (I’d have missed this if buzzing off the coca tea, ya see?)
5: Special Delivery (Flying Cockroaches in Cambodia)
Kelli sprinted out the door like a Buddhist monk who mistakenly happened onto a Ping Pong Show at Soi Cowboy in Bangkok (please Google for reference).
I paid the check while a 2 inch long flying cockroach slowly descended as it prepared for landing in Battambang, Cambodia, cruising between me and the waiter at the rural restaurant.
While KC was horrified, I was highly uncomfortable at best, and at worst, damn scared the roach would land on my face.
But Cambodian dude smiled and acted like the roach wasn’t there. Common place, Plain Jane occurrence. Plus they eat roaches and tarantulas and scorpions in Cambodia.
The blogging lesson: you may be terrified of some blogging mental block but other bloggers have mastered this fear. Study them. Learn from them.
If you feel hyper scared to write your first eBook, study a guy who wrote and self-published 126 eBooks. He knows how to help you knife through your fears.
6: Fear Is Why You’re Here (Bullet Ants, Poison Dart Frogs, Centipedes, Scorpions and Snakes in Costa Rica)
Kelli and I did a 6 week house sit in a remote Costa Rican jungle, 3 miles away from civilization.
We lived among (not saw…but actually LIVED WITH):
- bullet ants
- poison dart frogs
- venomous snakes
- army ants
The bullet ants and poison dart frogs were a dime a dozen; everywhere. I even slapped a bullet ant off the kitchen sink with a moldy dish towel one fine morning (he almost disfigured my Palmolive hands).
We literally stepped into fear. And we felt the fear, and did it anyway.
If you want to take your blog to the next level, step into the fear and terror you are currently resisting, to take your blog to the next level.
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You only have fun, and spread love and succeed as a blogger by making fun, freeing and sometimes, terrifying choices. Dive into your blogging fears. Spend the freaking $250 to make $10,000 or $100,000 or, to live your most spectacular dream life. Feel the fear. Do it anyway.
7: Quasibloggo Lives (Bigfoot in Costa Rica)
I stepped on something during a trip to Manual Antonio, Costa Rica.
Said experience felt like my toe was locked in a vice grip of white hot pincers. Painful as shit. My right foot swelled to where I could not walk for about 2 days.
I shuffled around like Quasi-bloggo, hunched over, before I decided to just lay in bed for a few days. Because all I could do was rest.
Blogging-wise, you need to:
- take days off
- take a week off
- spend 4 to 8 hours daily offline
because sometimes, all you can do is rest. To be successful. Force negates. Power attracts.
If you feel blogger burnout coming on, drop everything. Sleep. Seriously. It works.
8: Boobs, Babes and Bensin (Gas Station Attendant = Breast Feeding Mom….in Bali)
I pulled up to a greedy Balinese babe feasting on lunch.
A small gas station. Or, a few bottles full of gas – bensin, in Bahasa Indonesia – a baby, and a breast feeding mom.
No big deal in Bali. No shame. Natural. Normal.
After an initial blush and averting eyes I became more comfortable with the situation. But still paid while keeping my peepers north of the breast feeding border.
This blogging lesson is easy: don’t be ashamed of your blog! Because readers will reflect that shame energy back to you, or, prospective readers will never become long term readers because of the ashamed energy you emit.
I read a mind-boggling post from a popular travel blogger group recently. When a reader noticed a blogger offline, the majority of travel bloggers felt awkward or embarrassed. Are you kidding me! Somebody notices me offline from my blog, they’s a getting drink, dinner, a hug and maybe a light peck on the cheek (European style for men).
These travel bloggers felt fear, or lack of clarity, or perhaps shame, about their blogs, which caused them to create an online persona different from the offline person, which leads to unhappiness. BE YOU. Online. And offline. Succeed. And leave shame behind.
One critical place to share more about about yourself is via your About Page.
I just read a fabulous post over at Web Hosting Secret Revealed (seriously, read it) geared toward improving your blog that delves masterfully into creating a rocking About Page. Among other golden nuggets:
9: Peter North Meets Paramahansa Yogananda (The Humble Yogi in Thailand)
He lay across the bed wearing a cape and nothing else. As his nether regions winked at me, my friend in Thailand conveyed a life lesson full of wisdom, loving kindness and…..gonads.
The Humble Yogi Richard Weinberg, aka The Walking Miracle, was shot in the head in Saigon during the Vietnam War. He cheated death then defied medical science by not only walking, but by becoming a yogi who achieved physiologically impossible poses for a man with his injuries.
One side effect of his brain damage – and of his spiritual enlightenment, in many ways – is being over himself, largely. Or not giving into shame or vanity. Evidence was the Red Shoe Diary like visit to his apartment.
No I did not snap a nudie. Instead I will share an image of a suave as hell soi dog in Chiang Mai donning a designer sweater.
One day, while we were chatting about life, RW chose to wear a sweeping cape, a loving smile and nothing else. Pure Richard (note; he wears clothes 99.999% of the time).
The blogging lesson: colorful stories engage the imagination. Tell colorful stories. Allow readers to step into a different world every time you publish a post. If you do that, you will kill it in your blogging niche.
10: Lady Boy Lowdown (Taking on 2 Tranny Prostitutes in Thailand)
The Thai Twoesome wished to separate Biddulph from his Baht.
After waking at 5 AM I wandered out on the streets of Bangkok, Thailand. A lady boy duo desperate to earn some coin on either early morning risers or stumbling, drunk, late night farang grabbed at me and reached lowdown – literally – grasping for my wallet as they remarked of my handsomeness (thanks guys….I mean….well….guys….I guess).
I coasted from the scene. But on doubling back, The Twosome literally began sprinting after me. I Usain Bolt-ed my way to the hotel. All while a fearsome-looking soi dog with a Tweety Bird doll affixed to his neck looked on with a vacant, disinterested look.
The blogging lesson? Avoid bottom feeders. Let go folks who only want to use you for their gain. Folks who don’t bring anything to the table. Folks who only want your money.
These Two only wanted my roll. I smiled politely, jogged a bit, then, sprinted from the Farang Hunters.
When low-balling sponsored post bloggers infest your inbox, smile, thank them for their opportunity, decline because you have no match, and never give them an ounce of your energy again. This is the most loving, compassionate thing you can do. You mingle with loving, fun, prospering folks. Let the others find their way in their own time. They will.
11: The Nepali Nasher and Basher (Kraziness in Kathmandu Nepal)
2 wild men attacked me in Kathmandu.
One desired a butter roll. Saw no roll. Sunk his chompers into my biceps and triceps.
Another wild man punched me in the arm, full force, either being high on life or a chemical concoction of hallucinating, hellacious hash….or something of the sort.
In each case I learned to be on my feet. Present. In the moment. Because Jerry Jaws or Punchy Perry would have done did serious damage if I was not paying attention.
Dial in to your blog, guys, by dialing in to the moment. Be present. What did that reader REALLY say? Was it just a passing comment? Or an idea for a new course, or eBook?
All struggling bloggers are NOT in the moment, regularly, doing serious damage to themselves and their blogs. Vigilant, present-minded bloggers spot clues, identify problems, help their readers by creating products and services and of course, become hyper successful folks.
Which is your favorite story? And lesson?
What blogging lessons have you learned recently?