Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Digital Nomad Blogger?

  April 20, 2022 blogging tips 🕑 5 minutes read
Ryan Biddulph Ganung Payung Beach Bali Indonesia

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I am paging through one book by Nomadic Matt.


He explained his 10 year experience as a nomad.


Some aspiring bloggers want to live the fun and freeing life of being a digital nomad blogger.


I invite you to follow your dreams.


As a 11 year digital nomad who blogs I want you to consider the sweet and sour aspects of circling the globe as a pro blogger.


Matt does a fine job explaining the ups and downs of traveling non-stop for a decade. I agree with his rosy and not so rosy views of traveling the world.


Being biased inspires me to tell you:


circling the globe while building a blogging business is perhaps the most freeing, fun way to experience life because you gradually face all of the deepest fears jailing your mind and body.


But non-biased me advises you:


facing, feeling and releasing your deepest fears feels highly uncomfortable sometimes.


For example, most people will never live this life for the deep terror one faces of feeling guilty about moving away from your family. Never mind facing all logistics fears related to circling the globe for years.


Basically, you will have the freedom to do:


  • what you want
  • where you want
  • when you want


if you:


  • face
  • feel
  • release


fears sitting inside of your mind.


This is what it takes to be a digital nomad blogger.


The fun and freedom feels natural to me but only because I felt many deep fears over the past 11 years of circling the globe. During some highly uncomfortable moments I questioned my decision to do two highly uncomfortable things simultaneously:


  • build a business from scratch
  • circle the globe long-term


Ask yourself:


Do you love having fun and being free more than you fear feeling uncomfortable?


If you love fun and freedom more than you fear feeling uncomfortable you likely have what it takes to be a blogging digital nomad. But if you prefer comfort simply pass on this way of living.


Real Time Example


Yesterday I drove from Beech Island to Greenville in South Carolina. 40 minutes into the trip I realized that I absent-mindedly carried the keys from our apartment rental with me. 1 hour later the car did not start after 4 attempts. The engine turned over and we hit the road on attempt #5 but the “check engine” light revealed a pressing issue.


We dropped the car off at the shop. We will overnight the keys.


Finding an auto repair shop and post office does not seem to be difficult for most folks because they live in the same town for decades and have their comfortable “go-to” spots. But researching and locating both in brand new locations – this is our first Greenville trip – while intending to arrive to the house sit on time proved to be uncomfortable.


I love traveling. Kelli loves traveling. But traveling persistently for 11 years feels uncomfortable sometimes. Living a familiar life of routines feels comfortable, pleasing and relaxing for a bit. Living an unfamiliar life of constant change feels challenging in moments.


Factor in growing a blogging business as you navigate the discomfort of circling the globe full time and you have a liberating but demanding lifestyle.


My Personal Opinion


As someone who has lived all over the world for the past 11 years as a blogger I can genuinely profess how globe-trotting and blogging forces you to face your deepest fears such as:


  • the fear of family and friend loss
  • the fear of criticism
  • the fear of rejection
  • the fear of failure
  • the fear of death
  • the fear of being different


For example, self-conscious bloggers who fear what people think about them need to face, feel and release this fear as a seeming outsider who appears to be different from everyone in foreign lands. If you think that people are judging you in your hometown imagine feeling this fear in a place where no one:


  • looks
  • talks
  • acts


like you?


However, releasing this fear makes you confident. Confident travelers coast through life unburdened by self-conscious fears crippling humanity. Confident bloggers thrive in a world of self-conscious bloggers who fear criticism.


Open-minded digital nomads who blog tend to feel at peace with life. Fears creating chaos in life had to be handled for these folks to be professional bloggers who circle the globe.


This life liberated me. I was a shy guy 11 years ago. But facing deep self-conscious fears made me confident. I embrace standing out because every time I travel to a foreign land I stand out. I also see the striking similarities between all humans since I established a first person world view versus formulating opinions based on the news media.


I largely feel free, peaceful, serene, relaxed and happy no matter what happens because being a globe-trotting pro blogger forced me to:


  • face my fears
  • train my mind
  • be in the moment


Much of the world feels very afraid. I don’t because I already faced those fears as a world traveling blogger. Much of the world stays in one spot and gets a job because it feels safe, comfortable and appears to help them dodge their fears. In reality, staying comfortable grows your fears and imprisons the mind and body even more. I keep moving and build my blogging business because it helps me be free, feel at peace and solve problems quickly and easily.


Digital nomad bloggers eventually learn these liberating truths:


  • home is a state of mind; not familiar timber you go into debt to acquire.
  • building an online business allows you to make a living without trading your freedom in the exchange
  • circling the globe and building a business forces you to face your deepest fears; feeling calm, peaceful and free no matter what is the by-product of facing fear


Make your own decision.


I humbly share my opinion and experiences because that is all I have to share with you.


Everything depends on what your intuition tells you.


Do you want to be a digital nomad blogger?


Do you believe that you have what it takes?

  1. Randall Magwood says:
    at 3:24 pm

    I’d like to think that I have what it takes to be a digital nomad blogger. I enjoy writing and am not held down by the length of time that it takes to make a blog successful. I like to share my ideas because I have many. And I’m determined to make my blog successful no matter where I am in the world.

  2. Anthony Gaenzle says:
    at 10:15 pm

    Great insights here. I would have loved to live the digital nomad life. With three little ones, it’s no longer an option (not that I would trade that for the world). But if I had started blogging earlier, I would have totally been all in on the digital nomad life.

    Additionally, I love seeing Greenville mentioned here. We lived there for 5 years. Such a great town.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:05 am

      Greenville rocks Anthony. We loved it there. You have a fab life with your wife and the three little ones in your region of PA. I enjoyed my time out that way.

  3. SharlaAnn Matyjanka says:
    at 11:38 pm

    One day I plan on doing this, Ryan.

    We have about 5 years until our youngest turns 18 and if I haven’t convinced my husband to sell everything and come with me I’ll just leave him here.

    We do have a month booked in Costa Rica next year though that I am super excited about. Can’t wait to go back there.


  4. Morris Grand says:
    at 9:05 am

    Becoming a full-time blogger is highly challenging. Traveling non stop, always on the move, becomes also extremely challenging the longer it goes on. Now combining the two? That’s the ultimate lifestyle outside the comfort zone! It’s inspiring that you’ve been doing this for 11 years, Ryan. Sure it looks great highlighting the rewards today – but I like how you always point out the journey with its many challenges, like you did in this great blog post.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:53 am

      Morris thanks so much my friend. Freeing and challenging seem to be 2 buzzwords for the digital nomad lifestyle.

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