How I Transitioned from Laid off Security Guard to Island Hopping Pro Blogger

Today I am proud to welcome Ryan Biddulph, Island Hopping Pro Blogger, as my guest author. I asked him to tell us more about his background and how he started his pro blogger career.

Ryan needs no introduction so I'll hand you straight over to him.

Ryan Biddulph: Island Hopping Pro Blogger

pro blogger Ryan Biddulph

When Joy asked me to write about how I went from pier guard to island hopping pro blogger I froze for a second.

The process of doing so was simple. How would I sex it up?

Buy your domain and hosting. After you find out about making money online. Struggle. Succeed. Struggle some more. Then, success.

Sound boring?

It wasn’t boring, but in the same regard, people who live their dreams simply develop enthusiasm, passion and a sense of child-like fun for following simple, powerful tips, daily, over the course of years.

I had so much fun on this journey and I also ran into some big league struggles. But as for the logistics of doing the island hopping thing, the journey is Plain Jane Simple.

Why then did I struggle for years? Why do most bloggers struggle to make enough dough to buy a used gum wrapper?

I – and they – resisted facing fears. I – and they – resisted doing energy work.

There is little sexiness about doing energy work. Feeling crappy for a few hours or days, or feeling horrible for moments, is not fun. But on the other side of eating these energetic poop sandwiches lies happiness, fun, love, practice, study, service, generosity, persistence, prolific writing, guest posting, blog commenting, video creating, profits, and your wildest dreams.

This is the cornerstone of my transition: facing my fears and shifting my energy after facing these demons.

Let’s dive in.

1: I Got Fired (Important Step)

Key step here.

You know when folks tend to bemoan getting fired? Best thing that happened to me, to that point. Being given the pink slip from my security guard job at the shipping terminal forced me to get clear on choosing freedom over bondage. Meaning I had to get serious about designing a life around some vehicle where I could make a living while being free from working long, hard hours for somebody else.

My wife – then girlfriend – Kelli told me that you could make money online. This floored me. I had no clue this was possible. But first I had to decide not to run back to the shipping terminal like a dog with its tail between its legs, begging for part time pier guard work.

I declined the part time work.

I loved the idea of calling the shots in my life.

But I still had to figure out how to do it.

2: Kelli Told Me about Making Money Online

Ryan Biddulph and wife Kelli




I did not know the meaning of these words. Was an SEO like a CEO? Who cared about weblogs? I thought only birdies tweeted?

I knew how to check Facebook and my email after I got fired nearly a decade ago. That was it. Not much else doing online.

But after Kelli noted how you could make money online by running a cyber business I did a little bit of research – emphasis on a little bit – dropped money on a domain and hosting and got going with blogging and a few other online cash flow thingees.

I failed horribly.

But I did take the first all important step; I bought my domain and hosting, and began writing and publishing posts.

3: I Bought My Domain and Hosting

This was the turning point. Biggest day of my blogging career.

You cannot be something without taking a few fundamentals steps of being that something. Bloggers need to have a domain and hosting to take the first step into becoming pro bloggers.

I took that step.

Even if I failed horribly for many years, I still dove in.

One day after I bought my domain and hosting, Kelli walked me off of the cyber ledge. I had a freak out moment. Totally panicked, I was this close to cancelling my domain and hosting and getting my money back. If I could actually do that.

Either way, I was close to quitting 24 hours into my fledgling online career. Who the hell was I? A broke, fired security guard? What did I know, anyway? I could never learn this blogging or internet marketing thing. Too overwhelming. I was paralyzed with information overload, under stress financially and just about ready to do something different when her reassuring voice gave me the first confidence boost I needed to keep going.

4:  Struggle…..Success…..then Some Struggling Again

These years were interesting. I failed terribly for years. But then I experienced some success too.

I failed again, then, some success.

I eventually learned that blogging success flows to folks who work on their energy, first, then move into action, backing their actions with a kind, generous, loving intent. Then the learning, studying and practicing happens, and you begin to see rocking results with your blog….over time…..but only after you feel and clear fears, so you can blog mainly for fun, with love.

Getting My Energy Right

Since I am not prepared to write the next War and Peace sized tome on Joy’s fabulous blog, let’s just say that the peaks and valleys in my career were ample.

I went from getting 3 visitors a day on my blog 10 years ago to being featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin blog a few years ago.

Ryan Biddulph ebooks about bloggingI struggled with writer’s block a decade ago. But again, a few years back, I wrote and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks, 90 of which I wrote during a 3 month stretch.

The difference maker? I gradually faced, embraced, felt and released my fears around life, blogging, making money online and all that stuff, so I could blog mainly from a place of love and fun.

You may find 1 out of 100 bloggers who actually do this. Even bloggers who have seen success still blog predominantly from an energy of fear, not sitting down with their terrors, feeling them, and clearing them out.

All of my struggles with traffic and profits and all of my money struggles online and offline were the product of me doing things from a fearful space, because I resisted feeling my fears.

When I did feel my fears – through a series of unpleasant circumstances which triggered those fears – those screaming, grieving and crying sessions were the energetic purges I chose to experience, which inspired me to be prolific, creative, generous, more detached, helpful, more fearless and a bunch more loving in all I did, blogging-wise.

I still fear, but also, am largely fearless with my blogging activities, namely because I faced my fears through trigger events, and also, through some zany stuff that happened during my world travels.

When the fear went, the struggles went too, because instead of sitting around and worrying about myself and my problems all day long, or instead of just trying to survive, I feel super duper inspired to write 5 guest posts daily, to read and comment effectively on 20 plus blogs daily, to do a live broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and Periscope daily, to promote my eBooks and course, to help my clients, to sell courses, to promote other bloggers on social media and to fulfill interview and more guest posts requests.

So many bloggers wonder where I get my energy; I don’t get it anywhere. I am simply not encumbered by the fears most bloggers cling to, so I move around more effortlessly and get to helping folks freely, while most bloggers are carrying around fear-energy-anchors,that they could quickly shed if they felt their deepest fears versus resisting these energies.

Hey I get it; I was in that fear-energy-anchor boat for years. But it makes no sense to carry around what cripples you when you could quickly release the fear-yolk by feeling these unpleasant energies and moving forward from a lighter, more loving, more fun energy.

5: Finally….Success


  • Purging some deep fears during intense sessions
  • Following my morning routine of meditation and taking an icy cold shower for a long time
  • Being a blogging student
  • Practicing my writing skills daily for years
  • Creating helpful content on my blog
  • Building blogging friendships with successful bloggers from my niche by promoting them and by commenting on their blogs
  • Generously helping people through various channels online

I began to see increasing success.

The energy preceded the success though.

Almost every blogger you meet misses this point; they believe that building an email list, or guest posting, or blog commenting is the sole reason why they succeeded, or is the only way you will succeed with blogging.

Not true.

If you don’t change your predominant energy from fear to love, you will be blind to sound practical advice, you will resist practicing the skill of blogging and you will have a terrible time seeing even scant success.

No magic formula exists for successful blogging.

I became an island hopping pro blogger not by buying flight tickets with my wife to travel to Bali 6 years ago. The decision to travel was a quick, clear choice to hit the road. That was easy enough. Buy tickets. Rent places. Or house sit.

My blogging success rested on choosing to help people, to practice my blogging skills, and to follow these 2 steps persistently, daily, for years.

Why did I choose to help folks and to practice my blogging skills?

I shifted predominantly from fear to love, energy-wise, in all I did online and in much of what I did offline too.

The purges preceding this shift were not too much fun in some cases but those moments of discomfort helped a broke security guard become an island hopping pro blogger.

You can do it guys.

Whatever your blogging dreams, these experiences are waiting to meet you.

Dive in.

Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Do the energy work through meditating, exercising, yoga, prayer, or whatever organic practices that resonate with you.

The purge precedes the profits.

The energetic dredging precedes the dreams.

Are you ready to live the life of your dreams through blogging?

Ryan Biddulph

 About the Author

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 at Blogging From Paradise.

Thank-you To Ryan From Joy

It has been really fascinating to hear about Ryan before his pro-blogger, island hopping, days and I thank him sincerely for sharing these experiences on my blog.

Did you learn something new? Please share below.

Joy Healey

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Shantanu Sinha - October 16, 2017

Hello Ryan,

Nice to see you here on Joy’s space 🙂

Its always good to take inspiration from a guy like you. I have learn a lot through your articles and yet here is one more to add in the box. Indeed it always needs some guts to follow what one has ever thought about of becoming that he never
imagined. I too never imagined, I would be ever into this business. Seriously, earlier I just hated writing and now
I just love it. The concept of working from our home and being our own boss is now being trendy No body wants to work for 8 to 10 hours for making profits for others. If one works for their own, by keeping himself focus on their targets and
goals almost 4 to 5 hours they can turn things down for them.

I loved your tip #4 struggle, success, and some more struggle again will help us going through out the way. It will prepare us for the toughest challenges which life can play on us. Also if we wish to go for something, then we should
take our first step into that direction as you did, by getting your domain and hosting.

Thanks for sharing your journey over here 🙂


    Ryan Biddulph - October 17, 2017

    Yep Shantanu; that struggle-success-struggle-success cycle keeps on keeping on as we clear out our fears. The transition from amateur to pro becomes complete when you focus heavily on purging those fears and on being super generous once you do. Thanks much bro.

Marquita Herald - October 17, 2017

Inspiring as always Ryan. I think it’s so important that successful bloggers such as yourself share your authentic stories to remind others, especially those in the early days of trying to build an audience and find their voice, that it takes time and patience to find your place in this business.

    Ryan Biddulph - October 19, 2017

    This is so true Marquita. Some folks forget we have all been there so little reminders like these let people know that no matter where you are now, you can enjoy the ride and succeed. Thanks much.

Elphin - October 17, 2017

It is always a delight to read stuff about Ryan. And also his Blogs. This one was inspiring. Thanks a lot for posting

    Ryan Biddulph - October 19, 2017

    Thanks a bunch Elphin. Great to see you here.

Chery Schmidt - October 17, 2017

Hey Joy! What a nice surprise to read about Ryan’s background and how he started his pro blogger career here on your blog! His advice about how he shifted predominantly from fear to love was so enlightening for me! He is such a Rock Star!

Thanks for sharing!
Chery :))

    Ryan Biddulph - October 19, 2017

    Chery thanks so much for reading. Making that shift is huge for all of us. Makes our journey that much easier.

      Joy Healey - October 23, 2017

      Thanks Ryan for this great article, and thanks to everyone who has commented.

      Yes, I think sometimes we all need a pep talk and a reminder of what is possible with hard work and perseverance.

      Sometimes it’s easy to imagine that Ryan just hopped onto an island one day and all was well. So it’s good to remember that even he struggled at times.

      Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Soumya Roy - October 17, 2017

This is going to inspire a lot of people who think they can not make it. Thanks to Joy for publishing this and Ryan, you are a man of determination. There are very few people who can admit their past so easily. I experienced not so harsh past but it was challenging for me too and today I see those challenges as blessings only. Determination, hard work and consistency can win everything. Thank you Ryan for motivating me.

Soumya Roy
Founder & Lead SEO Coach

Fabrizio Van Marciano - October 18, 2017

Hi Joy and Ryan. Ryan, your story is always inspiring where ever I read it. And, I can really relate to most of your struggles.

10 years ago I was broke, living under my parents stairs, no car, and 25k in debt. To top it all off, I decided to quit my boring office day job to start a business online as an artist who’s work hardly anyone knew about.

So yeah, I can related to your struggles.

Fear still gets me even today. Finding time is the biggest struggle for me, then I fear that I haven’t been able to do this and do that, even though I’ve had 6 hours of uninterrupted free time every day to do the things I need to do with my blog and online business.

I recently read a great book called the Miracle Morning, and I have a morning routine too now. So I was so happy to read that you mediated in the mornings

I find this helps a lot with clearing the mind ready to take the days highs and lows. I find yoga and running helps too.

Anyhow, sorry for wffling on. Keep on sharing your stories mate. You’re one of the best story telling influential bloggers out there so keep rocking it out in Paradise.

Thanks Ryan and Joy.


Donna Merrill - October 19, 2017

Hi Ryan,

Great seeing you here on Joy’s blog!

I just love the journey you are on. It started with you getting that pink slip and you put it so well when you mentioned that you got clear on choosing freedom over bondage.

I can relate to that so well. The short time I worked on Wall Street I did feel that bondage and it made no sense to me. I freed myself from it and started making money (on the side lol) refinishing antiques. Yep..that was a love of mine many years ago.

From there my journey was so similar to yours. I had to shake that fear crapola. It was instilled in me from birth from the home to everyone I knew. (time to make new friends lol)

Now being part of the online world there are so many ways to live a full enriched life. You are the blogging from Paradise guy that I do look up to with all the work you do. You inspire so many people and I commend you for that!


    Joy Healey - October 23, 2017

    Hi Donna,

    Fascinated to hear that another of your entrepreneurial streaks was in antiques.

    Like you, fear was instilled in me at home – it’s tough to overcome that.

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Edward Thorpe - October 19, 2017

Hi Joy and Ryan,

Great choice for a guest writer, Joy. Really dig Ryan and have even bought his books. (Nothing close to getting them all, mind you)!

As Marquita said, Ryan’s story is inspiringly authentic and should give new hope to struggling bloggers. I know it helped me see some of my current challenges differently.

Initially, I couldn’t grasp Ryan’s concept of replacing fear with love. And, still may not understand.

Yet, at this moment, I’m looking at it as similar to my transition from selling as a method for making money to helping people solve problems. Perhaps that’s close. What say you,

Robin Khokhar - October 20, 2017

Hi Ryan,
First of all, I glad to see you here on Joy’s blog. And I have not known about you much and even how you make into internet marketing and making money online.
So, Glad to read more about you.
And I pretty sure that you are going good and will be too.
Thanks for sharing this post.
Have a good weekend.

Elise Cohen Ho - October 21, 2017

What a wonderful and inspiring share. This post certainly illustrates what is possible with hard work and perseverance.

Janice Wald - October 21, 2017

Hi Ryan,
Thanks for the pep talk. It was needed this morning.

Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS - October 23, 2017

Wonderful post Joy. Thanks for sharing your story Ryan. I love hearing stores about how people succeed, it sounds like there was a lot of hard work and dedication. I am happy you did not give up.

    Joy Healey - October 23, 2017

    Thanks Sharon,

    Some people are jealous when others share their successes – but like you, I enjoy hearing success stories, because they show what can be possible if yo put your mind to it.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - October 23, 2017

Hi Ryan and Joy

It is always cool to read awesome stories of pro bloggers. Ryan reminds every blogger of the fear that comes in an uncertain journey and if we face our fears, we are just on the path of success. Also knowing who we are and what we want in life is necessary to success.

Thanks Joy and Ryan, thanks for sharing. Take Care

    Joy Healey - October 23, 2017

    Hi Ikechi,

    I find the stories of pro-bloggers all the more powerful because – when they are honest – as Ryan has been, they encourage newcomers by showing it’s not always as easy as some “fakers” make out.

    Thanks for your visit,

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Nathaniel - October 24, 2017

This is very inspirational Ryan! Hope i can get into blogging full time and travel more. Planning to focus more from January!

    Joy Healey - October 26, 2017

    Hi Nathaniel,

    While you’re waiting to get into blogging full-time, it’s good that you are doing some part-time posting too.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

Navin Rao - November 3, 2017

Hi Ryan, your whole story being no where to everywhere now is really motivating.

Thanks Ryan and Joy.

Have a great day ahead!

    Joy Healey - November 8, 2017

    Glad you enjoyed Ryan’s article, Navin.

    Joy Healey – Blogging After Dark

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