4 Blogging Lessons Learned from Riding a Motorbike in Southeast Asia
**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 premium theme or bespoke theme created by a talented web designer
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.
What blogging lessons did you learn today? Let me know in the comments.
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.