4 Blogging Lessons Learned from Riding a Motorbike in Southeast Asia

April 24, 2017

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**Another useful yet entertaining guest post from Ryan Biddulph**

I have eaten pavement in Bali.

I have enjoyed some of the world’s most stunning views in Phuket, Thailand.

Riding a motorbike through Southeast Asia over a 2-year stretch has blessed me with a wide range of experiences.

Oh yeah; I also gleaned a few key blogging lessons from these rides to help you build a successful blog.

Put on your helmet, pack your bribe money, pull back on the throttle and enjoy the ride.

Ryan’s Four Blogging Lessons Discovered on a Motorbike

Blogging Lesson 1: Despite Being Vigilant You Will Wipeout at Least Once

After talking to locals, ex-pats, and tourists, all regular motorbike riders wipe out once – at least – during their riding careers. Most folks get into a few accidents.

I experienced one wicked accident and hit the ground during 2 other accidents. All occurred in Bali. I am vigilant. I drive slowly. Yet I skidded out on an oil slick while hugging a curve and also hit another slick while rolling downhill. Thank goodness I drove slowly in both instances.

I remained calm, picked myself up and drove home, dusting myself off. I knew I was bound to wipe out; happens to all riders.

Despite safeguarding your blog, life will intervene sometimes. Stuff happens, from server problems to the white screen of death to corrupt plugins to hacks. Human beings are behind blog design, programming, plug-ins, all that good stuff. Human beings are prone to err at times.

Accept this idea. Be nimble. Handle seeming blogging crises with grace and peace of mind. Crazy stuff will happen yet you need not go crazy about the stuff that happens.

A blogger on the rise remains calm, even after wiping out.

Blogging Lesson 2: Confidence Makes the Rider

I stared at the motorbike like it was Wonder Woman’s Invisible Plane; in awe of the machine, excited to cruise in the thing but equally terrified about how I’d actually operate the sucker.

Folks said it was like riding a bike. Sure. A bike weighing a few hundred pounds that reaches speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour – 75 MPH – if you REALLY pushed it. Many folks die on motorbikes in places like Thailand. I feared to ride the thing but knew successful motorbiking was all about confidence.

Ya gotta feel confident to hop on the bike, let alone to pull on the throttle for the first time.

I found a quiet street heading into the jungle in Phuket, pulled back on the handle and slowly, steadily balanced the bike and moved forward. My confidence grew, a meter at a time.

Now I ride confidently. Even though nothing exists between the road, Kelli and me.

Successful bloggers all started off from an excited but scared place. Goodness knows I did. But after tapping the “Publish” button for the first time my confidence steadily grew.

Dive into the blogging game guys. Your confidence will grow over time. Confidence makes the rider and the successful blogger.

Replace blogging fears with confidence by DOING

Blogging Lesson 3: Gear Up for a Pleasant Journey

I don a helmet, at a minimum. Helmets preserve my brain box.

During chilly nights up in the hills Kelli and I wear jackets to keep the chill off.

The raincoat comes out during monsoon season in Thailand and Bali.

Using proper gear makes for a pleasant blogging journey.

Before my nasty motorbike accident in Bali I rode with tank tops.  After permanently scarring my shoulder – asphalt and bare shoulders do not mix – due to losing many layers of skin I threw out all tank tops and ride only with T-shirts.

Gear up for a pleasant blogging journey.


–a domain and hosting
–a CDN
–a premium theme or bespoke theme created by a talented web designer

A blogger needs the right gear to succeed

This is the minimum to build a successful blog.

Some investments will be necessary to smooth out your journey. Plunk down some doubloons to get your blogging gear on.

Blogging Lesson 4: Avoid the Roadblocks

Since I don’t have a motorbike license I avoid police checkpoints in Thailand and Bali like the plague.

Save a colorful bribing story in Bali and 2 tickets in Phuket I have effectively evaded Johnny Law by learning where police set up checkpoints to ticket motorbike riders for riding without a license or helmet.

Most tourists do not have a motorbike license. Shops rent out to anybody and you just pay your ticket if you can’t avoid a checkpoint, as simply a part of the motorbiking and traveling game. In most cases, though you can spot and avoid either a ticket or, quite often, an uncomfortable full court bribing press as police officers attempt to squeeze some Baht or Rupiah out of you.

Craftily working my way around these ticketing spots helps me avoid a ton of stress.

Similarly, if you learn to avoid blogging roadblocks in the form of riff-raff bloggers, complainers and general low energy folks you will have a more fun, freeing blogging journey.

This lesson taught me how to have more fun as a blogger!

I respect officers who want to uphold the law but also know how things are in Southeast Asia after spending nearly 4 years in the place. If the government was serious about enforcing the license law we’d be required to flash a motorbike license at the rental business. So I’ve no issues missing the police checkpoints. As for bribing officers, they are similar to blogging riff raff. Stay away from this crowd and hang with higher energy folks, both in SE Asia and in the blog-o-sphere.

Befriend fun, loving, compassionate bloggers. Leave everybody else behind.

Your Turn

What blogging lessons did you learn today? Let me know in the comments.

Author Bio:

Ryan Biddulph owns the website Blogging From Paradise. He’s a blogger, author and world traveler who’s been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur 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. Suresha B says:    •   3 years

    Hey Ryan. Thanks for giving such an amazing post here. Matthew and you wonderful guys.I love both of yours writing style. And Ryan this is most helpful post for successful bike and blog riding.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Suresha thank you for stopping by and sharing 🙂 Riding has been good to me.


  2. Dhaval says:    •   3 years


    Good writing, consistency, and the act of pushing the content around.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Thanks for reading Dhaval.


  3. Sue Chehrenegar says:    •   3 years

    Is it really necessary to get a bespoke theme? If you study an online definition for “bespoke,” you are apt to see mention of the word “broker.” A broker designs customized (bespoke) promotions or displays for various clients. The clients are selling a product or service, and the broker must find a unique way to promote it.

    A good broker can take a traditional theme, such as a holiday theme and use it to make an attention-getting display. A good content writer should be able to create bespoke content by using a traditional theme.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      None of this is necessary Sue; just my experience 😉

      Really though, I use the word because my web developer uses it. Sounds fancy 🙂

      I just figure….if you’re going to use a theme, use one that can stand out. If you can do it with a traditional theme, go for it.

      Thanks for commenting 🙂


  4. Philip Verghese Ariel says:    •   3 years

    Oh My!
    The frequent traveler reached Matt’s place on a bike!! LOL 🙂 🙂
    Oh No, let me say: not with an empty hand but with a bunch of great tips to all!

    Hey Matt, you enticed this gentleman to reach on your shore safely!

    I several times tried to catch this gentleman but one way or other he slips and land on the other shores!
    But I continue to follow this GUY and catch one day or other!
    That is for sure! 🙂

    Hey Ryan! Take it easy, just kidding!

    Hope the travel on the bike was safe, even otherwise you and Kelly will always use the air apartments for travel!! LOL

    Thanks for bringing out some tips in a new plate.
    Indeed a wonderful guide for travellers! sorry, blogging travellers.

    I enjoyed reading it.

    Thanks Matt for telling about this gentleman and about his tips and ideas again to your readers.

    Keep going!

    Wish both of you a safe and comfortable journey in the sea of blogging! And of course Vlogging!


    Take care

    ~ Phil

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Phil when I head to India and to your home area we are meeting. I will even drive a motorbike to your home 🙂

      Thanks for the awesome comment.


  5. Khalid Yusuf Khan says:    •   3 years

    Hi Ryan,
    Riding a bike is a joy n itself specially without helmet in the morning when cool wind sweeps your face and hair. I wish you drive safe and keep posting . Where can I reach your Amazon ebook to have some clue about product promotion and affiliate marketing.Thanks Mathew for introducing a rider blogger.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      A fellow rider! Know exactly what you mean Khalid. Feels like nature’s air conditioning, and makes you feel alive.

      As for the eBook, this one could help a bunch with your promotion:

      How to Become a Successful Home Based Marketer http://amzn.to/2ovMGsx

      Still need to write one on affiliate marketing. Thanks for the idea 😉


  6. Kevin Namaky says:    •   3 years

    Thanks for the post, Ryan. I can relate to #2. Feels scary at first but the quicker you learn to just write with confidence, or at least pretend you have confidence, your writing can get much better quickly… fueling even more confidence!

    Avoiding roadblocks is also good, which leads to another tip: consistency. Make yourself do it over and over. Get in a cadence. It makes your writing better versus having to feel like you’re learning to write over and over again with each post.


    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Kevin great advice man. Do it again and again, and keep writing, and you find your flow.

      Thanks a bunch.


  7. Jeanette Hall says:    •   3 years

    We own a 2007 Honda Goldwing that we purchased used back in 2014. Always ride with our helments and body armour on! My husbamd purposely tipped the vehicle over while he was riding alone one day in an open space to see if he would be able to get it back up righted all by himself. He did it after a few false starts. Other tan that, we have never been in an accident!

    I juat use a generic theme prvided by word press. Since 2014 have had my own domain and a decent internet provider. Have been blogging for years before getting my domain on free sites. That is a good way to have your work stolen from you! Lost way too much money with shady businesses like G.V.O.

    Be careful who you give your hard earned money to! You may never see it again, unfortunately.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Your husband is clever, doing that type of testing Jeanette 😉 Amen to the self-hosting note.

      Thanks for commenting.


  8. Manoj says:    •   3 years

    Hi Ryan,

    You rock once again. I too fond of travelling and you make me jealous by sharing travel ideas and experiences. In this post, you have connected blogging career and riding experience in own unique style. Great.

    I really enjoyed your post.

    Have a nice time ahead.

    1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

      Manoj thank you 🙂