9 Bloggers You Should Follow Who Helped Me Retire to Paradise

August 8, 2014 58 thoughts
Jungle rains in the backyard here in Fiji.
Jungle rains in the backyard here in Fiji.

Do you think my outreach campaign is working?

This morning, New York Times Bestselling author, world-renowned speaker and digital marketing superstar Chris Brogan tweeted my Blogging from Paradise eBook link.

10 minutes later, million dollar earner and internet lifestyle icon Yaro Starak wrote me a kind testimonial.

In the past 3 weeks I’ve been interviewed by, reviewed by, or have had my guest posts accepted by:

Catherine Holt

Adrienne Smith

Sylviane Nuccio

Amal Rafeeq/Darnell Jackson

Melissa at Selz

The Real Deal on Blogging from Paradise


Here’s the deal; not only am I eternally grateful to these kind folks, I know each person has played a chief role in my success….and I do mean, “chief.”

I wouldn’t be here in Fiji without my friends and loved ones.

You know how they say that no man is an island? Well, this man wouldn’t be on his island of choice unless he surrounded himself with people who inspired him.

I released my new eBook a few days ago titled:

“Blogging from Paradise: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping through Smart Blogging”.

That’s my life guys. I blog from paradise. I island hop. All because I’ve funded my travels and saved some scratch through my blog.

My friends made my blog. Without having my friends and loved ones around to inspire me, support me, influence me, and to offer suggestions and feedback I would be writing a diary for myself.

My friends and loved ones are the reason why I’m living in Savusavu, Fiji, in a home with a million dollar view, for the next 10 weeks.

I was looking at Blogging from Paradise the other day and thought to myself: where would I be unless I met the people or was inspired by the people who I list below?

How have these bloggers changed the course of my life?

I’d likely have little to zero confidence in myself as a blogger if I hadn’t received their support. I’d still be using the same old, humdrum theme unless I received a nice little nudge here and there.

I wouldn’t be engaged in an aggressive blogger outreach campaign unless I was exposed to that idea by good buddies.

I certainly wouldn’t have released my new eBook or have had a monster platform through which I could publish my posts and market my eBook unless I crossed the paths of some of the kind, generous people I mention below.

So, without further delay….let’s meet the 8 bloggers who you need to follow, the same folks who helped me retire to paradise.


Kelli Cooper


Kelli is the #1 person in my life. She’s my fiancée. She’s my partner. She’s my best friend and most of all, she has seen everything over the last 7 years of my life and has supported me through all of the peaks and valleys we’ve encountered together.

She knew me back when I was a stranger to all of you, during the days I was a security guard. She knew a very different Ryan; the guy who’d rush to her place after the 2nd shift on Friday night, in his pier guard’s uniform, so we could watch a bit of TV after a long day.

Kelli told me about the online gig bit 5 years ago. She noted how you could make money online – hazy mystery to me, at that time – and I had to learn a bit more.

After some research, I plunked down $500 to get started, and since cutting my teeth through this first venture and other opportunities, I’ve since changed my direction.

The guy you’re looking at today didn’t take a vacation in some 20 years before Kelli planted the seed in my mind. She was a world traveling fool, someone who’d visited Europe, and Central America, and South America, and she was the person who inspired me to travel, to cross the world with her, to visit Bali.

She also inspired me to push through when times got tough, and she helped to support us financially during some very, very difficult times.

Kelli has been a rock for me so in return, I’ve develop a sense of calm, patient confidence in all that I do, to be strong for her in her moments of need.

I obviously would be sitting in a shipping terminal in Newark, NJ, struggling like hell to make end’s meet while working part time after being fired, if I hadn’t met Kelli.

She was the inspiration, the spark, that started this wonderful chapter in my life and she supported me through the darkest of days so that I could be here, helping to inspire you.

Here’s the thing about KC; she’s a pretty private person (Mr. Social Butterfly is coaxing her out of her shell, so the world can get to know her)….so she rarely airs her life’s news, but she’s dealt with some serious blows in her time.

We met during the summer time 7 years ago. Obviously, this was about the biggest HIGH of our lives, each of us finding THE match when we met….and we knew it immediately. Anyway, I was still doing the security guard bit and Kelli had a chance to visit Europe for a few months after we met. This accentuated her high. She was elated.

When she returned home, she found out her dad had stage 4 terminal lung cancer. He passed on about a year after we met. It was crushing, devastating, and honestly, I know most people go into a shell for years after being exposed to such mental and emotional trauma on the heels of a life-affirming, joyous high.

Not Kelli. She grieved, all while she doubled down on her personal development, and she made more courageous, brave choices to be free, and she inspired me to start traveling. This is the woman in my life, and this courageous, compassionate, inspired person simply molded me into the person you see today.

She used tragedy to reach new levels of greatness. That’s the sign of an exceptional person. That same exceptional person has made me push myself to the limits, to overcome my tragedies, to become triumphant.

Without her, I am not here. I mean, I am NOWHERE near Fiji or any tropical paradise for that matter.

Kelli is an accomplished blogger in her own right, and as far as her freelance writing business, I frankly don’t know of anybody who’s written more articles or who has pulled in more serious scratch through writing articles. She’s a rousing success, and if you need a veteran writer for creating content, she’s your woman.

If you love my blog and lifestyle, Kelli’s the person who inspired me and who keeps me in line when I’m losing focus or am not being true to my highest vision.

Visit Kelli’s blog here.


Chris Brogan


What else can I say? The man is one of the top marketing minds on earth, a New York Times bestseller, a dude who’s personally worked with superstars like Tony Robbins, and Paulo Coelho, and I wake up this morning to him tweeting out my eBook link.

Not only was I humbled and floored at the same time, but I also had a moment of clarity. I thought back to the many months I published epic, in depth comments on Chris’ blog, back when I was running my old blog.

I thought of our personal email exchanges over the past few months.

Guys, Chris is as REAL a superstar/famous person/celebrity that you’ll ever meet. At times he responds to my emails in seconds. Yes, seconds. Why? We’ve built a nice little cyber bond over the years.

He inspired me to be real, authentic, genuine, helpful, and just plain down to earth.

Visit Chris’ blog here.

Amal Rafeeq


Amal is a young budding blogger who’s attending university currently. If you want to know the guy who first convinced me to change my design, and who changed it from the old, unbranded theme to a branded theme, that’s your guy.

Amal had been suggesting for years that I change my design. He’d send small Facebook messages here and there, nudging me in the right direction. Finally I broke down, gave up and gave him the keys to my blog.

3 hours later he had developed an absolute masterpiece, the basis for the current theme you’re seeing today. He thought of the black and white image of me along with a similar banner and he cleaned things up amazingly quickly.

That simple little/big change helped my brand take off. I was interviewed by brand.com and bloggingtips.com after receiving a renewed burst of confidence through his brilliant design.


Amal also gave me a nudge in the right direction to write my first eBook. Even though we never partnered together like we intended to on the sale of the product, it pushed me to do something highly uncomfortable at the time. His suggestion also helped me lay the groundwork for my new eBook.

So, one guy pushed me to change my theme, my brand, and to publish my first eBook, to get the ball rolling. He was that guy.

Amal also helped me out a ton when I had a serious illness in Muhamma, India. I met him by his hometown and he hooked me up with so many homeopathic treatments which I deeply appreciate.

Get to know the guy…I see him as an up and coming online star.

Visit Amal’s blog here.


Phillip Dews


PD. My good friend, developer, designer and all around great guy.

I’ve been gushing about Phillip Dews for a while. Phil designed this blog, crafted my eBook cover design and put out more backoffice fires than I can count.

Phillip is kind, generous with his time and a funny dude too. He helped move my old blog – all 3400 posts – from host to host, a project that took an immense amount of time to complete. He didn’t complain once nor did he charge me a fee. He did it gratis, because he’s that type of good, close, trusted friend.

Phil has always been quick to respond to my questions and he’s well-versed in all of the latest and greatest development and design news. If you dig this blog, and my eBook’s design, he’s the guy you need to thank.

The thing about Phil is he knows the concept of paying it forward inside-out. I mean, he’s becoming more and more successful each day with his web development business and all but he’s so quick to help me out, and to help other people out, and he finds great joy in being of service to others.

As I noted before, the man transferred my old, monster blog between providers for me, and he’s spent hours on end, helping me out, and he never asked for a freaking dime. In return, I was so happy to give him a designer for hire page on this blog and designer credits on my new eBook.

I have no doubts that Phil will become more wildly successful as more folks become introduced to this skilled, creative, caring guy.

Visit Phil’s blog here.


Jeff Bullas


Jeff Bullas helped inspire me in so many ways. He shared his story from failure to success and I based much of what I did with my new eBook on his presentation.

He’s achieved some heady numbers and has the backing of a large, loyal, quite rabid following.

Definitely a guy you need to follow.

I don’t have as much to say about Jeff because I don’t know him personally but his creativity and delivery pushed me to release my eBook with confidence, and with full clarity in how I wanted to distribute the eBook.

Visit Jeff’s blog here.


Matthew Capala


I count Matthew Capala as a great friend and brilliant bootstrapping digital marketer. He’s come a long way since coming to the United States from Poland a number of years back.

Matt has a unique talent for making complex concepts sound simple, then he follows through on his presentation by actually MAKING complex ideas, simple ideas.

He’s an SEO Dynamo who was so gracious to mention me in his new eBook.

Buy Matt’s eBook here: SEO Like I’m 5

He’s built a huge, loyal network by mastering the concept of outreach. Much of what I’ve done in the outreach department is based on his effective techniques of reaching out to authorities in your niche and building bonds with them.

I also learned how to pay great attention to detail from Matt. His blog posts, books and heck, just about each piece of content he creates over multiple platforms are all well-researched, clear, concise knowledge bases which are presented in an entertaining manner.

Visit Matt’s blog here.


Dino Dogan


Dino Dogan rocks. He’s a fellow New Jersey guy and is about the coolest dude I’ve met online.

I’m indebted to Dino for much of my blog traffic because he’s the creative genius behind the website called Triberr.

For those not in the know Triberr is simply the most powerful tribal blogging community on the internet.

I registered Blogging from Paradise on Triberr a day after I went live with my first post. I saw an instant jump in social shares. I mean, I was getting like 15 or 20 social shares on my old blog a few hours after publishing a post.

On BFP I saw 40, 50 or even 70 social shares within a few hours of publishing my post. Dino, your brainchild had a ton to do with that.

Kelli looking to dunk a papaya/grab breakfast from the front yard.
Kelli looking to dunk a papaya/grab breakfast from the front yard.


Dino’s a really interesting dude. He’s an accomplished speaker and just a plain funny guy who tells it like it is.

Here’s something that really inspired me. I’m the type of guy who sees someone from New Jersey, or my home town, and I realize that if they could do it, becoming successful, I could do it.

I gained inspiration from guys like former Duke and Chicago Bulls basketball star Jay Williams – who’s from my hometown of Plainfield – as well as online entrepreneurs like Dino from NJ. He helped inspire me during the lean days, and I am eternally grateful to him.

Visit Dino’s blog here.

John Paul Aguiar


JP, as I call him, has been the most loyal long term social media supporter of my blog. Really, the dude has been there since the early days on my former blog. If I didn’t receive his Retweets, or LinkedIn likes, or Facebook Likes, when NOBODY else was giving me any social proof or support, who knows where I would have been?

He’s as loyal and supportive a guy as there is online. He also runs a kick ass blog.

JP’s a super inspiring person; are you seeing a common thread here? All these folks are beyond inspiring.

John Paul recently suffered a horrific accident. He just returned online a few days ago. He was also on dialysis for years, for a kidney disorder, yet he never complained about it.

He just ran a kick ass blog and generated a monster – and responsive – twitter following while dealing with some serious resistance.

Again, other than Kelli, this guy has been supporting me on social networks when I was a broke-ass nobody from nowhere. Thanks JP. You too had a massive hand in me blogging from paradise because you inspired me to blog when I thought my only subscribers were loud, harmonious crickets.

Visit John Paul’s blog here.


Adrienne Smith


Here’s what I have to say about Adrienne Smith: she’s about the most mindful, thoughtful and helpful person I know.

After asking her to review my new eBook she graciously accepted.

A few days later she wrote back that she had finished the interview, and emailed me a thoughtful few paragraphs which were perfect to me.

Here’s the kicker; Adrienne also noted that she attached a Word doc of my eBook, with highlighted typos.

She proofread my ENTIRE eBook and provided me with FREE copywriting/proofreading services for an ENTIRE eBook, no questions asked.

She did it out of the kindness of her heart.

I was absolutely floored. I mean, not only did she read the entire eBook, she checked it for typos or other errors, and she took the time, and energy, to highlight each error, and to place the eBook in a Word doc, then she sent the eBook back to me so I could make these edits before the eBook went live.

What does that tell you about Adrienne?

Is it any wonder then why she’s the networking superstar, the relationship-building maven, a community building dynamo and darn fine blogger in her own right?

By the way, I know you’re wondering how many errors she found: 2.

Me overlooking the bay from the deck in Savusavu, Fiji. Yep, this is my home office for now.
Me overlooking the bay from the deck in Savusavu, Fiji. Yep, this is my home office for now.


Page by page, she read, reviewed, and word by word, scanned the eBook.

And all I asked her for was a review.

I’m still floored by it, and I feel eternally grateful for her service, and heck, just visit her blog now, subscribe immediately, and hop into the commenting fray.

She’s taught me all I need to know about building friendships, thoughtfulness, kindness, and how to grow a large, supportive, rabid community of folks around your blog.

Visit Adrienne’s blog here.


Your Turn


Do you know any of these wonderful people?

Who inspired you to grow your blog?

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Ryan Biddulph is a blogger, author and world traveler who's been featured on Richard Branson's Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, Life Hack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. Ryan can help you build a successful blog with the 11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course.
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  1. Luna Darcy Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Of all 9 bloggers, I frequented Kelli’s and Adrienne’s sites. I have yet to check out the other 7 bloggers.

    And wow. Your love story is just amazing and inspiring on all levels! It’s crazy how this all turned out for you with her help. I salute you guys!

    I look forward to reading more.

    Thank you for yet another inspiring read.


  2. Pragati thanks so much, and thanks for visiting Kelli’s blog too.

  3. pragati Says:

    Hello Ryan,

    What a fabulous post! You have really poured your heart out. And it is evident how much everyone likes the post from all the comments here.

    I have admired Jeff Bullas for a long time, and in a way, he was a big inspiration when I first started my business blog. Just like you are now one of my inspirations!

    Triberr and Adrienne have been staunch supporters. There are others in your list that I am going to check out.

    Will also check out Kelli’s blog, now that I know about it.

    Keep writing and sharing!

    Wish you the best..

  4. Jason, thanks so much for letting me know! I was thinking of commenting on Ray’s blog again; once I went to blogging tips from network marketing I figured that I wouldn’t comment as much on his blog. May have to change that. All awesome bloggers, as I follow each. Thanks so much Jason, chat soon.

  5. Jason Lee Says:

    Hi Ryan, I actually ran into your comment on Ray Higdon’s blog under a leadership related post. Figured I’d check out your site, this thing rocks bro! Really impressive. I dig the comment you made on design, I experienced the same issue with my first blog. I studied tons of SEO, learned how to drive massive traffic, but got little results from it primarily because it looked like hammered you know what. After working more on some other skills I was finally able to see results on my current site. As far as bloggers that have influenced me, my top three would have to be Pat Flynn, John Lee Dumas, and Niel Patel, some other noteworthy mentions would be Todd Falcone and Glen Allsopp. Ttyl!

  6. Brittany thanks so much 🙂 I think giving, and being surrounded by such generous people as yourself, has opened so many wonderful doors for me. Appreciate it! Have a great day Brittany.

  7. Holy cow, Ryan, look at the fantastic response this post has gotten! It’s a true testament to the success of your outreach efforts. Your generosity has opened tons of doors to you and I find it truly inspiring. Kudos to you, my friend. I’ll make sure to share it too.

  8. Aditya my man, you have been there more than anybody over the past few years. I am so grateful to you for your support during all times, all ups, and all downs. It really does mean the world to me, because having friends like yourself in my corner kept me going when I needed the support the most. Thanks so much Aditya 🙂

  9. To just have a chance to connect with you has been a really inspiring opportunity bro! I remember seeing your work some 2 years ago and then thinking that some day I want to be that guy. The sense of Independence that emanates from your and Kelly’s personality is something I deeply admire. When a person is really honest and has seen their share of shit in life then you can see that right through their eyes. It’s there everywhere in your work, in what you share and in what you do. And there’s no stopping an honest person, they always find a way.
    You can abuse them, you can try and hurl them down.
    But one thing no one can do is stop them.
    You my bro… never loose that.
    Stay true to what you do! Wish you the best for future. Keep going on buddy! 🙂

  10. Awesome Catherine thanks so much, and it’s beyond my pleasure 😉 I love what you’re doing at bloggingtips101 and I must say, your star is rising so quickly. I enjoy your insight and your community is growing each day. So true; we really can’t do this gig alone, if we want to succeed. Thanks so much, and hey I love that last sentence/line 😉 Enjoy your week Catherine.

  11. Wow Jane, yes I’d be honored! Thanks so much for your comment and your support over the years. I felt so clear when I built this brand idea a month ago; it just felt right, you know? Like nothing was forced. Thanks so much again Jane, I look forward to hearing from you.

  12. Jawad I appreciate it, welcome to my new blog. Do be sure to subscribe, OK? The deep connections really do make our blogs; without all of you wonderful people I wouldn’t be here. Thanks again and enjoy your week.

  13. Thanks Pankaj I appreciate it buddy. Keep on pushing yourself and share that story.

  14. Rohit, thanks SO much for the awesome comment 🙂 You make a super point; our friends help push us through the tough times and they help co-create the great times too. Agreed on Catherine. Thanks so much Rohit, have a fun week!

  15. Rohit Sharma Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    This is my first comment to your blog. I’ve been knowing you since I started blogging but never got a chance to express my views due to some other issues.

    You are really an inspiration for every blogger out there. Wait, I’d instead say ” Every person out there” Your story is so inspirational and how you managed to get the job done by struggling.

    And Yeah, A struggle is always incomplete if you don’t have any supporters or friends to help you. I’m Glad that you are sharing your friends/supporters/guides here.

    Well,Undoubtedly All the 9 names are familiar to most of the bloggers in the blogosphere. Be it the Classy designer Phillip Dews or the Famous superstar blogger Chris Brogan 😀 . All are one of their Kind and come with an excellent thing every time.

    I don’t personally know all of the bloggers but I’ve been knowing Catherine for a while now, only through comments though. She is a great blogger and always comes up with marvelous content. Also, She is a great person with so much passion for blogging.

    It was really a wonderful experience to stopping by here and read your post. I will be visiting it more often from now on.

    Thank you so much Ryan for sharing this Radical post.


    – Rohit

  16. Pankaj Kumar Says:

    Hi Ryan Biddulph,

    Nice way to write a story of yourself while writing and Crediting friends.I would also love to write about my own aspirations like this.

    Inspiring indeed.


    Pankaj Kumar

  17. Jawad Khan Says:

    Great to see your new blog Ryan, this is the first time I’m here.

    But even better to see the deep connections you have with so many great people who’re genuinely helping others in building successful online businesses.

    All the best wishes for you and your new eBook.


  18. Jane Says:


    I am SO happy for all your achievements and for your lifestyle. I am sure many bloggers in the blogosphere envy you 🙂

    You have built a very good space of your own in the blogging world. A brand – that has a very precise purpose and a style of its own. Your travel pictures are quite popular and you essentially use them as baits to draw attention 🙂 That’s very clever of you.

    It is so nice of you to reveal all the important people who changed your life 🙂

    I have quite some questions to ask you. I will contact you personally for an interview at DoSplash, shortly. Hope you will have the time 🙂


  19. Thanks so much for the mention Ryan, really appreciated! I love having ‘a bit of Ryan’ on my blog….lol.

    Seriously tho,I loved your old blog, and found you very inspiring. It’s great that you have started this new venture and something that really aligns with your passion.

    It’s awesome that you can share with us who has inspired you along the way, every connection helps you to become the blogger that you are. The bloggers that try to do it alone wont get nearly as far in their journey.

    I’m sure you have also had a positive effect on all these bloggers journey too!

    Tweeting through Triberr now 🙂

  20. Aqib I agree 😉 He’s the guy who put me in the right direction about a year ago, when I was in India. Then I met him in person by his hometown, which was beyond cool. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. So be sure to subscribe. Have a fun week.

  21. Hi Megan, thanks so much for stopping by 😉 Your blog is ridiculously epic….I love it….Kelli just noted yesterday how much it rocks and I had to agree. Will do, and you do too 😉 Have a fun week.

  22. Awesome list Ryan – will be heading over to check out some of these bloggers now!

    Congrats on realizing your dream – Fiji truly is paradise, so I’m so psyched for you! Love your blog … continue being awesome!

  23. Aqib Shahzad Says:

    Amal is talented guy with amazing internet marketing skills. I am following him from the last few months to learn something amazing ;). BTW going to following few other mentors listed in this article 🙂

  24. Andrew, thanks so much for buying my eBook! Appreciate your support and I so vibe with your take on Adrienne. She’s so nice, and a real gem because she’s just so darn generous. I feel so blessed to have met each one of these people. Kelli is most responsible for my success because she’s been the rock, from when we were flat freakin’ broke, and she also inspired me to travel in the first place. Everybody played such a huge part, including you Andrew, as your awesome comments add such value to this blog. Thanks so much, and you do the same my friend.

  25. Hey Ryan,

    Great post. I’ve become familiar with many of these bloggers recently – Catherine, Philip. And you have great bloggers like Jeff and John who always put out really great stuff.

    But of all that’s on your list, and I don’t play favorites, but Adrienne is my favorite and really it was her blog and the great content she comes out with that inspired me to continuously change and to grow.

    She really is everything that everybody says about her – the NICEST PERSON IN BLOGGING. Hands down. If you’re lucky enough to have her help you out, you’ll be forever grateful because she does do things out of the kindness of her heart.

    Glad that I got to know a little bit more about these people that influenced you to living your paradise lifestyle … I’m hoping I get to live that way in the next 2 years or so.

    BTW, I purchased the eBook. Really great stuff there. I’m thoroughly impressed with the story.

    Hope you have yourself a great rest of the weekend, my friend.

    – Andrew

  26. kelli Says:

    Lauren…thanks so much 🙂 You’re pretty amazing yourself! I find your story quite inspirational and you definitely have a gift.

  27. PD, wow, thanks so much for sharing and for all that you have done for me. I feel so grateful and honored to have met you, and the support you have shown me, through Kelli’s blog, through my blog, through FB, through our chats, and through everything, well, I am eternally grateful to you.

    As for your video I got it on 1 of the pages 😉 The Money page if you will, or the sales page. Or is it the other? I don’t know, things have been crazy the past few days.

    Kelli read yesterday for the first time and she loved it too; she also found a few typos so I fixed and uploaded the new version to Sellz.

    I am also thinking about putting it on Amazon; I am tweaking the cover a bit because I need to make the sides 1000 pixels I believe; I may toy around a bit later. Amazon could open up some great opps for me, as my buddy Matthew Capela reminded me through an email.

    Phil, you are one of my close, special friends, and without you, none of this is happening.

    Love ya man!

    I appreciate all that you have done for me over the years.

    Here’s to your cover credit and Page link going viral 😉


  28. Rob Cubbon Says:

    Hey Ryan, interesting collection of famous bloggers, interesting bloggers, people I know and people I’m just about to check out. It’s interesting reading through because it explains some of your journey and it shows one of your great abilities – to form meaningful win-win relationships.

    Hope the book sales are going well 🙂

  29. Don, thanks so much, and likewise! Your community is huge, vibrant and thriving and your blog post content is on point. I loved your last post; such a great point about getting your mental – and physical – shop in order before even bothering to focus on the SEO side of things. Excellent. Like you said, 90% or more is coming right back to you so it’s win-win on so many levels when we think abundantly. Thanks so much Don, have a great weekend.

  30. Lauren, ahhh shucks 😉 Kelli does rock, doesn’t she? Thanks so much, congrats again on your NLP certification and have a great weekend.

  31. Right now your blog inspires me most. I love going to Kelli’s blog and getting my spiritual woman nature taken care of. She reminds me of a Golden Goddess.

    I am inspired today and bunker down and get a clear cut group of blogging friends that I resonate with. Thanks Ryan!

  32. Don Purdum Says:

    Hi Ryan,

    Congratulations on your new book and the major achievements that went along with it!

    Your experience and results just go to show us that we are not on an island alone (no pun intended) when it comes to the journey of growing our businesses.

    I’m new at blogging, but I love it and the relationships I’ve been blessed with. I have gotten to know you (what a blessing) and Adrienne.

    I can totally see this in her in the short time I’ve gotten to know her!

    The clear thing that stands out to me is that unlike most people, we cannot just post and wait. We can’t hope Chris Brogan will see our stuff. We can’t post once and expect he’ll remember who we are. In fact, it may take a six months or a year of consistency, or longer.

    The point is, we can’t expect someone to just love us and not do anything for them. The least I can do for you is acknowledge your genius, share your genius with my growing audience, and figure out how I can support you.

    I know 90% of the time it comes back. If not, that’s okay as well.

    Ryan, it’s an honor to be getting to know you and interact with you!

    Congrats again on your major achievement!

    ~ Don Purdum

  33. Yep Victor some great mentors here indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Victor Noah Says:

    I really want to agree with the list.. I’m following most of the bloggers you’ve outlined and am pretty much happy having them as my mentors.. 😀

  35. Amal, my man, you deserve it! You helped me get on the right track with my design and also pushed me to create my first product back when we met in Muhamma. You are on the way dude; keep on writing, meeting folks, and I know the sky’s the limit for you. Likewise bro, all the best….and maybe we will do Kerala and meet in person again…..and hopefully I feel better this time 😉

  36. Amal Says:

    Oh Ryan! I’m speechless.
    I’m just another 18 year old kid from India, who’s on College and doing some stuff on the internet. And to be in this list, it’s a hell lot of happiness for me ( I mean it ).

    I’m glad that I could help you in the past, but now, you’re my mentor! What you’ve done to make my website a better one : That was really nice of you.

    Thanks a lot for all this. A lot like a million of them.
    I’m sending this baby out to my Social Networks right now.

    Good luck with your Life brother. Thanks a lot.

    Cheers 🙂

  37. Hi Adrienne, Honestly, I was tearing up after reading this comment, and after reading your post/review of my eBook on your blog. You are such a thoughtful, kind person. I do feel blessed to have Kelli move into my life at the perfect time. Even though it can get really lonely at times I feel that although you may not have a Kelli/partner in your life, you have had such a huge, powerful impact on so many people, online and offline, in a way, you’ll have someone there whenever you need them. You have so many good friends who’d be there in a second for you.

    Goodness knows if you wanted to Skype and I was in front of the computer I’d drop everything to chat. You are that kind of special, warm person. All that you’ve been through in your life, from losing loved ones, and the other tough circumstances, has opened your heart. Some people close their hearts in grief and anger, you opened it, and evidence of this is the warm-hearted community of folks around you.

    Again, thanks so much Adrienne, for your thoughts and your continual support.

    You have a great weekend yourself.

  38. Adrienne Says:

    Thanks Richard, I so appreciate that compliment and you’ll love what Ryan has to share too. Smart move on clearing out those other bloggers! 😉

  39. Adrienne Says:

    Glad you popped over Ash and you’ll really love what Ryan shares here. I know you’ll become a regular fan now! 😉

  40. Adrienne Says:

    Ah Ryan, how dang thoughtful of you my friend.

    I’m truly touched by all the kind words you not only showed for me but everyone that you mentioned here. I’m all teared up reading this.

    I didn’t have someone like Kelli coming into this which is why I do what I do. It can be a lonely and scary place but the people I’ve met along the way have touched my heart in ways I can never fully express in words. I had a chat just last night, two hours to be exact, with a new friend I met through blogging and she went out of her way to give me advice and help. She has a very successful business so for her to take the time really touched me.

    That’s because there are way more caring people in this world than others think. People like Chris Brogan who you said is just really a regular guy who has just done really well for himself. I think the world of John Paul and I can say the same about him. He has been so darn supportive of me as well plus he’s been on my prayer list since I heard about his accident.

    I think I’ve met Amal but it’s been some time now since I’ve visited his blog. I think that’s so nice that he was there to help spur you on.

    I definitely know Phillip and I have to agree with you, he’s a really nice guy and he is to you what Ashvini is to me. I don’t know what I would do without him to be honest with you. He has come to my rescue so many times that I had to send him some money because it was like he was doing so much for me I was feeling horribly guilty. He’s just a darn nice guy that’s all.

    Dino rocks and I got to meet him early on with Triberr and you’re right, he really is a nice dude and oh so helpful. I’m so thrilled to see the success that he’s having because he’s so deserving.

    Kelli sounds like such a wonderful person and I’m so grateful to her for inspiring you to be more than you realized you were. We need those people in our lives and we all have her to thank for bringing out the best in you.

    Thank you again for your kind words about me. Heck, I can’t help myself if I’m going to read something and I see a mistake. You would do it for me right! 😉

    Thank you Ryan and we are all so very happy for you and you’re very deserving. I wish you more and more success as time goes by and I hope you’ll let me continue to support you along the way. It would be my pleasure.

    Have a fabulous weekend.


  41. Love you too 🙂 To think of those days….the pier guard job, hanging out late, watching Friday night TV….long way from Fiji for sure. You’re the reason why I’m doing this because if we hadn’t met I’d be sitting home in NJ doing the 9-5 bit, probably never traveling. Or maybe, doing trips to Delaware 😉

  42. Phillip Dews Says:

    Wow dude,
    You just floored me. I am knocked out and dizzy buddy!
    As I went along reading this I opened each bloggers link with the intention of visiting each and every one! I did find a small prob with JP’s link so quickly hopped in and fixed that bad boy. No Bother.

    Over the years you have helped inspire me to break free from the chains of the pub trade and set up my own company. It’s because of this my fee was zero dude. If it was not for your blog posts and unfailing support I would not be where I am today. for that I thank you buddy! And counting down the day’s till were 40 at the end of 2015 and spending it in NJ.

    I am so happy to have worked on this with you these past few weeks; however I am surprised you not used the video I made, no bother – your blog anyway. This post is a great ending to my day and I have a huge grin on my face looking like a Cheshire cat (Google it).

    I started the day tying up a few ends and then it was my intention to read you book. I have a small problem though when it comes to reading eBooks on my lappy. I cannot concentrate on them and get pulled to different sites so what did I do?

    I printed off every page and now I don’t have any ink left, no bother. I can honestly say that I could not put it down. It kook me about 100 minutes to read and at one point Lou was shouting at me to come and have dinner – ‘Another 5 minutes!‘ came my reply.

    Another 40 mins later I finished it and entered the room to a rather angry looking Louise with her arms crossed saying my dinner was cold, no bother. Made up now though.

    Polite Warning: Set aside 100 mins to read this book people it’s a yarn you cannot put down. – Aimed at anyone wanting to buy this book!
    You have really made my day today Ryan, Have a great weekend.
    Manete alsius.

    – PD

  43. kelli Says:

    Hi Indigo
    I’m a fan of your work as well..glad we connected on Triberr!

  44. Hi Indigo, I see we have that in common 😉 Yes we certainly will….and I hope to see you on Triberr soon. Thanks for stopping by and sharing.

  45. kelli Says:

    What can I say? Thank you for all the wonderful things you said about me and our relationship. I will read this a hundred more times probably. I remember the shipping terminal days and coaxing you to come over even though you were probably exhausted and just wanted to go home. You have also inspired and supported me in countless ways, and had you not been there for me during all that stuff with my dad, I don’t know if I would have handled things in quite the same way. I love you.

  46. Indigo Says:

    I’m definitely a Kelli fan myself, and met her through Triberr, a great site, as you say. The other bloggers are new to me, but I’ll definitely check them out. Enjoy paradise… as if there was any chance you wouldn’t.

  47. Wesley, much appreciated. All these guys rock 😉 Thanks much.

  48. Ash thanks so much for stopping by. Adrienne rocks, doesn’t she? What an awesome, awesome person. I feel blessed for sure. I hope you break free soon. Do stop in to read, take some notes and use these concepts so you too can retire to anywhere you want to, ok Ash? Thanks again and have a fun weekend 🙂

  49. Hi Ken, First off I hope mum is feeling better. I’m sending my prayers and love your guy’s way. Thanks so much for your comment, and your thoughts. I agree on Kelli; we’re a great match and I feel so blessed to have met her. This is a list of awesome folks so feel free to comment away and share their stuff. Thanks again Ken, we’ll chat soon.

  50. Hahaha Richard, I hadn’t thought of me 😉 I do hear you on clearing out faceless blogs. I commented on a few that were related to this niche for like a week or 2 but then I saw no response, nor did I see any time of community, or personal touch? Why bother blogging? Right? Cool, definitely get to know a few of these folks. Some may not be in the same niche but overall, these guys had such a hand in my success that they are some pretty good eggs. Thanks for reading as always, and thanks for tweeting. You too Richard!

  51. Hi Supreeth, I try my best to make time for others because I know they mold my success. The equation is simple; give freely to enjoy the ride, to help, and the receiving part becomes easier and easier. Thanks so much for commenting Supreeth.

  52. hey ryan every site i see your comment and want to know how you got time to comment so much
    also our posts are so different from other people especially this one (the reason why i like to comment here) i do follow adreine a lot and learnt a lot also the richard’s right^ you must include your own name there pal your so inspiring for other bloggers

  53. Richard Says:

    Hey Ryan.

    I already follow Adrienne and greedily consume every single word and piece of advice she dishes out. It’s pure gold over there, no doubt.

    I have heard you mention PD a few times, but apart from those two, admittedly I haven’t heard of the rest.

    Just recently, I have cleared out my favourites folder on my Mac. Gone were those blogs that I didn’t really relate to (many were faceless blogs, with no personality attached), and in have come people that not only put out great content, but people who I can relate to personally. I will check out the other 7, and who knows maybe some of them will be added to that list.

    Ryan, I have taken a number of golden nuggets from this post, including checking out Triberr. Thanks.

    Tweeting this baby out right now. Have an awesome weekend!

    PS – you really should add a 10th person to that list – yourself! Blow your own trumpet pal!

  54. I love these bloggers.. they are really an inspiratuion for my blog. Love your blog mate!

  55. Ken Kai Says:


    Man, I always love these posts that you put out. It lets me see which bloggers I need to follow RIGHT NOW.

    Had a chance to meet Adrienne just recently. Lovely lady and I’m happy she’s doing so well with her blog. Great person.

    And Kelli is a great girl you got Ryan. Shes lucky to ave you just as you are lucky to have her. A great match. I hope she’s doing well with her self and wish her the best of luck.

    Ryan. I need to start following these other people. Cheers buddy.

    Tweeting now and I’ll see you soon.

    By the way, just arrived back in Cairns for my ol mum! She’s a bit ill at the moment.



  56. Ash Says:

    I found your blog through Adrienne and I can see I will be a long time reader, travel blogs are something I cannot live without until I break free from a regular life.

    It’s amazing what you’ve done here with this website and all of the success you’ve had and that view you have everyday you start to work so it’s nice to see the people who got you there.

    Have a brilliant day.

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