3 Blogging Lessons Learned From Walking 2 Hours In 100 Degree Heat

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  March 17, 2018 blogging tips 🕑 4 minutes read

I drank a lotta this stuff during the 2 hour walk in 100 degree temps. Thank goodness it costs 28 cents to fill this office cooler sized jug.

 

I just had a delightful lunch with Barbara from Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel Blog.

 

What a blast.

 

Follow Barbara’s blog for insightful travel posts from the genuine perspective of a seasoned globe trotter.

 

After lunch I skipped the Uber and walked from south of the moat to well beyond Wat Pong Noi in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

For 99% of my readers these words seem Greek. For the 1% Chiang Mai aware crowd, you’d ask to please examine my noodle aka brain.

 

Prior line is code for: I walked 2 hours. Plus it’s about peak hot season here. Meaning walking on city streets the whole way, temps easily reached 100 degrees.

 

I learned 3 successful blogging lessons during the walk; aren’t I always learning these blogging lessons?

 

For your benefit, my little blogging sweet robbins.

 

Pull up a chair, down some ice water to prevent dehydration through osmosis and enjoy.

 

1: Prep Work Makes Things Work

 

I’d not walk 2 hours in 100 degree, Sahara Desert style, bone dry temps unless I trained my body for the experience.

 

I have exercised regularly for the past 40 years roughly. Started shooting baskets at the sweet young age of 5 years old, 38 years ago.

 

But for the past year I have walked or jogged for 45 to 90 minutes 6-7 days weekly. Religiously. Toss in 30-40 minutes of deep yin yoga daily for 7 months and my body handled the walk like a champ.

 

Blogging Lesson

 

Bloggers; the prep work of:

 

  • learning blogging
  • practicing writing daily
  • creating helpful content for years
  • building strong friendships with top bloggers for years

 

readies you for this blogging journey.

 

Put in the leg work now. Be patient. After years of working with a predominant loving, generous energy, worldly success is yours.

 

2: Your Power Is In The Moment

 

The 2 hour walk felt like a blur.

 

Why?

 

I was in the moment for most of the 2 hours, following my breathing, or observing the scenes of Chiang Mai around me, without adding anything.

 

Most human beings would mentally crap their pants when faced with a 2 hour walk in 100 degree temps. Even fit ones. The mind races ahead to the future (I’ll die!) or the past (I got so dehydrated and sick that one time), taking you out of the moment, where all your power is.

 

But the walk felt like a breeze to me. Prep work helped. But being present – not allowing my ego chatter of future demise/dread or past devastation – helped me tap into my power.

 

Blogging Lesson

 

Be present. Be in the moment. Follow your breathing. Meditate daily.

 

I devote 1 fundamental of the:

 

11 Fundamentals of Successful Blogging Audio Course

 

to being present. I share techniques for establishing presence of mind. Fundamental #1 of course.

 

Being present helps you:

 

  • blog from love and fun versus fear and tension
  • detach from outcomes
  • be generous with your time and talents
  • be patient
  • be powerful

 

Blessed, fun-loving blogging success flows to present bloggers, tapping into their powers, in the moment…and all feels like a breeze, blogging-wise….at least when you remain present.

 

3: Tools Are Cool

 

I drank 2 full thermoses of water pre walk.

 

I drank a full thermos during the walk.

 

I downed an orange juice and noshed on a banana during the walk.

 

Even though I am fit and remained in the moment during the walk, I required certain tools of the trade for a pleasant experience, living in a meat suit aka human body, and all.

 

Sans H2O and potassium from nanners I’m screwed during the jaunt, almost certainly suffering from cramps and mild dehydration due to copious sweating and ridiculously dry conditions.

 

Blogging Lesson

 

2 weeks ago my blog rendered horribly for some United States readers.

 

After 10 days of back and forth with my hosting company I realized it was time for a tool change.

 

I went with a VPS and a new host. using the new tool, and sheeet….things have been cool. Lightning load times. Nearly 100% up time.

 

Some blogging tools to use:

 

  • domain and hosting
  • premium or bespoke theme
  • CDN

 

Your success is not in the tools.  If I didn’t take care of my body and mind, I’d likely have dropped dead during the walk, even if I ate 500 bananas and downed 40 gallons of water (I’d have been really fat after eating and drinking, too). But using the right tools augments success; today’s walk woulda been a bitch sans bananas and water and my blog woulda been a real bitch sans VPS and CDN, considering my pretty high traffic portal. In both cases, I survive, but using effective tools makes things easier.

 

What blogging lessons have you learned recently?

 

Have you ever walked in 100 degree temps for more than a few hours?

  1. Jub says:
    at 7:55 am

    I like the analogy here Ryan! Walked for a few hours the other day around Agra with my friend. He was looking at how many steps we’d been walking throughout the walk, this was demoralising for him. Stay in the moment, eh. Works a dream.

    Will be in Chiang Mai in the next week or so. We’ll have to go for a random stroll somewhere 🙂
    Jub

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:49 am

      Oh no Jub! I am leaving for Opotiki in your country on Wednesday. Crazy. We should be in NZ for 3 months though. Hope to meet if I am in your neck of the woods.

  2. Donna Merrill says:
    at 2:27 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    Love the analogy. I’m huffing and puffing just thinking of walking all that way in the heat lol.

    Just like you have prepared your body we, as bloggers have to prepare for every aspect of our blog’s success. From writing every day, to getting out there on social media and giving credit where due to other bloggers. When it comes to tools, we have to make sure we have working tools in our toolbox. If we have some cheaper tools, things are going to break down. So it is wise to invest in the tools we need that are strong and reliable.

    You have always been a trooper in mind, body and spirit. You rock my friend,

    -Donna

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:37 am

      I hear you on the cheaper tools Donna. As we grow we must leg go old tools that are a bit dated for the new, prospering bloggers we become. My hosting migration from one company to another along with a VPS upgrade represents my much needed tool upgrade. Thanks so much and right back atcha; your generous energy over the years has been a sight to behold!

  3. Lisa P Sicard says:
    at 3:43 pm

    HI Ryan, I have and loved it! I did in AZ with 110 degrees. My son and his GF were taking care of my 1 month old grand baby and I’m not sure who was whining the most so I had to get out of there.
    I went for a walk at a local dog park for 2 hours in 110 degrees.
    I love walking. It’s the best way to un-stress! A few weeks ago my dad really upset me and I had to go for a walk in 20 degrees before coming home. I just had to unwind.
    I’ve also come up with great blog ideas while walking (when not stressed of course!) I did a 26 mile walk 2 years ago. That was a lot of fun til I stopped. I really was sore after that one. I haven’t done over 3 miles since but would love to.
    I think it’s so cool you are meeting other bloggers in your travels too. I hope we can have an East Coast meeting when you are back in the states 🙂 Have a great rest of the weekend.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:35 am

      Impressive Lisa! Like Freddy I see you walk quite a bit. Ditto on unwinding and yep; with fam-stuff sometimes we need to walk for a few hours to clear our thoughts. Thanks much and hey, I would love to do an East Coast Meet Up when I return home.

  4. Freddy G. Cabrera says:
    at 10:20 pm

    Hey Ryan!

    I’m a daily walker myself. I love walking so much that I walk one hour a day. When it is warm weather, that is. I do not like walking in the cold at all. I hibernate when it’s cold. 🙂

    I have walked for a few hours in 90-degree weather before. Going hiking and stuff. I love nature so I’m always looking for places to go for a hike. I have been doing this for the last 5 years or so. Of course, a lot of times you do end up with a few blisters here and there but that’s nothing to me. Most of my friends can’t keep up with me. And call me a walking monster because not everyone would walk that much. I’m just used to it.

    I also have this mindset where I enjoy walking so much I don’t care about the distance or anything else as long as I am happy and I’m enjoying my little journey.

    It is true that I was not always this brave to walk this much and have this much endurance. It took me a few years of walking for shorter distances at a time to build up my endurance. I’ve also lost so much weight in the past 2 years so I’m a much healthier person now. As you’ve mentioned, I had to prepare myself to become this walking machine.

    I like your analogy here. It is the same way with blogging. You have to prepare yourself and build up the habits that will get you the results you want. it won’t happen overnight. You have to crawl before you can walk, and walk before you can run, right! 😉

    Thank you for sharing your tips here bro!

    Have a wonderful weekend!! 😀

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:33 am

      A Walking Warrior. I love it Freddy. I too walk for hours without giving thought to time or distance. Super cathartic experience. Prep work is critical though. Thanks bro. You too 🙂

  5. Alyson Long says:
    at 8:59 am

    Ryan I do love you! Always entertaining. My blogging lessons…none really, I’m at a stage where the old blog is in chill mode ( having reached financial return sufficient for full time travel and more) so I’m trying to figure out Instagram and YouTube and such wonders, just for fun. I didn’t know you were in Chiang Mai. We’re down south, BKK area, just for 10 days, then forward to the snows of Europe. I don’t mind walking at all by the way, further the better, but these kids need some convincing. Catch you some other time x

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