What Motivated You to Start a Blog?

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  September 2, 2021 blogging tips 🕑 4 minutes read

Chiang Mai Thailand

 

I recorded a video recently delving into the idea: why do you do what you do?

 

Being fully transparent in exploring the idea gives you a glimpse into why you blog or do anything, for that matter.

 

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of blogging involves observing yourself in the light of truth. Virtually all struggling bloggers flounder for blogging for money, fame or love. But ego plays a wicked game. Ego attempts to blame Google, Facebook or some highly successful blogger for being the root of all blogging problems. No person or thing creates blogging problems save the mind of the blogger suffering through traffic and profits issues.

 

Across the board, every blogger who struggles blogs for fear-based reasons involving a lust for:

 

  • money
  • popularity
  • love

 

In odd cases, desperate human minds foolishly believe that blogging hard and fast for a few months brings massive profits, glowing popularity and oodles of human love, lobbed on these deluded individuals via a blogging fairy, sprinkling cyber pixie dust of these lucky ducks. Alas, blogging gives you specially what you give blogging from:

 

  • time
  • energy
  • action

 

commitments.

 

I feel grateful to have circled the globe for a decade through blogging. However, blogging gave me a globe-trotting life of living in Fiji, Bali and New Zealand because I gave blogging a time, energy and action commitment commensurate with living such a neat life. Luck played no part in the process. Inherent talent took no active role; I wrote and spoke poorly, as a newbie blogger. Some souls could claim my writing and speaking skills barely make a cyber ripple, these days. My work brought me a life of travel through blogging. But I only worked for a decade because I chose to blog mainly for freedom.

 

Blogging for freedom has nothing to do with blogging for money, fame or love. Freedom is a core human right. Humans are born free and remain free until sick puppies program fear into the minds inherently free souls. Money, fame and love are 3 bizarre drivers 100% aligned with fear and 0% aligned with freedom. Fools believe one becomes happy after:

 

  • receiving money
  • becoming popular
  • receiving love from humans

 

Each belief bleeds with madness. One feels free as a natural state of mind. No person or thing can give you anything, even if this illusion appears to be true. Making matters worse, blogging mainly for money and fame proves to be almost completely impossible because in almost all cases, money and fame appear after you put in years’ worth of effort. What happens during those years of work? Money-hungry bloggers who see zero dollars, no fame and no love simply quit. Some quit quickly. Others quit after a few years. All eventually quit because one never prospers in chaotic, frenzied environments.

 

Biddulph Between Brothels

 

Kelli and I spent a magical month in Istanbul, Turkey, a few years ago.

 

Ryan Biddulph, Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Part of that magic involved renting an apartment sitting beating two brothels. One straight brothel and one transgender brothel made for an interesting month. Husky insults and full bottles of whisky were hurled from the 4th floor by hulking trans prostitutes, nearly murdering unsuspecting johns in the process. A few choice numbers even beckoned me with batting eyelashes and boobies exposed from the first story, open-air windows. I smiled like the Cheshire Cat and passed.

 

Even though I completed some decent work in Istanbul for the month it was far from my most productive stretch. Did I mention a loud, raucous club blaring obnoxious music thumped from 11 PM to 7 AM every night? One does not prosper mightily amid warring whores, Euro disco-techs and a general environment of chaos, frenzy and general madness.

 

Blogging is no different. Pining for profits and seeing none as a newbie blogger – you have no skills and cannot pay bills – creates a mental environment of chaos, frenzy and rank madness. Publish post. Zero profits. Panic follows. This cycle ensues until the outcomes-focused blogger quits. Meanwhile, freedom-focused bloggers blog mainly for the love of blogging and helping people. Blogging fuel flows from within, via these energetically clean intentions. Blogging fuel is:

 

  • limitless
  • ever-sustaining
  • available on call

 

during newbie blogging days, while profits are zero, popularity is nada, and blogging love is nowhere to be found.

 

Why do you blog? Tie the reason to freedom. See the journey through until you go pro.

 

 

  1. Nikola Roza says:
    at 4:20 pm

    Great post Ryan,
    be honest with yourself and find the drive within to push forward.
    That is something nobody can take away from you, and also something that is independent of your surroundings.
    As such it will always be there when you need it the most.
    REMEMBER why you blog!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:40 pm

      Re-reading your comment, I learn a bit more daily how finding that extra gear within to keep going is definitely one reason why I began blogging and why I keep blogging. I have been blogging for 15 years. Learning that this gig is mainly about having fun helping people and accessing your full potential by facing fear has been eye-opening. All keeps evolving with my blog. Everything keeps expanding. But growth unfolds solely because I keep helping people and also face fears and release fears on a daily basis. This gig is no joke. Everything works together for you but only if you keep facing fear to see it all coming together in your mind. Making these realizations goads me to keep moving forward with my blogging campaign. More importantly, embracing these ideas reminds me to never move backwards with my blogging career.

  2. Keith Lim says:
    at 2:53 am

    Your words ring very true and it’s a great reminder for those who is on this path, especially the last part. Freedom is a great motivator, and for me it’s the desire to be independent and be able to see the world. Great job you’ve done here Ryan!

  3. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 4:57 am

    Hello Ryan,

    You are right. Our surroundings motivate us a lot and we have to keep this coming by connecting with positive peoples who are passionate and energetic too. When you accompany these people you receive positive vibes that encourage you to go with them and move forward. Great Post.

    Regards,
    Vishwajeet Kumar

  4. Andrew Foss says:
    at 9:10 pm

    Hey Ryan,

    I like to fancy myself as a writer. And in order to be that, you have to write. I was never good at journaling. While I liked doing it, it was easy to blow it off. So I started a blog to give myself a goal.

    After 10 years it is in its second generation. And while I would love to monetize it, that was never my goal.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:32 pm

      Holding this blogging-to-write intent makes the journey much easier, Andrew. Instead of trying to get anything from blogging you simply give-offer your writing talents.

  5. Erika Mohssen-Beyk says:
    at 10:49 pm

    When I started to learn about the internet, I did not even know what blogging is 🙂 I only was curious and wanted to learn about it. Other bloggers motivated me to start a blog. First I found it difficult because my English was not good. But they said it does not matter, start and you will get better. So I did and for me, it was not about money. Sometimes I promote what I think can help people and if I make money usually I give it away. It does not always have to be money, what came to me, is far more valuable than any money. I made a lot of friends worldwide and even could travel and meet many of them. Being connected to like-minded people is priceless.
    And you say it right, it is freedom and you can go wherever you want with your laptop 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your experience.
    Erika

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 12:43 pm

      I love your journey Erika. I too have met many friends around the globe while traveling, friends I made through blogging. Fun!

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