Interview #1 with Ramsay a.k.a. The Blog Tyrant: A Peek Into His Lifestyle

Today’s interview is going to be with Ramsay, one of the most popular bloggers in Australia and most definitely a big figure in the blogging world as well. He is also known under the name Blog Tyrant, name by which he existed on the net and gained his huge reputation and authority in the internet marketing niche.

Ramsay - Blog Tyrant

Currently you can find him on his site Blog Tyrant, where he teaches people how to blog their way up to a decent income, create a stream of passive income, as well as attain a lifestyle which, when created, will allow them to enjoy life while doing what they are most passionate about.

I’ve read many of Ramsay’s articles, and the freedom part of blogging that he so nicely advocates captivated me to say the least.

But enough with the introduction, let’s ask him couple of questions.

First of all Ramsay welcome to Lifestyle Updated, I’m sure our readers are thrilled having you here as our first guest.

Thanks for having me. It always feels strange that people want to interview me but I’ll do my best!

Being a lifestyle blog ourselves I think that asking you how blogging affected your lifestyle is as good a place to start as any.
What changed? Are you surprised now connecting the dots in retrospect or you did see it coming?

I think a lot of bloggers (myself included) sometimes paint a picture that blogging from home as a full time job is just sun and flowers and birds singing and everything is always perfect. Realistically though that isn’t the case.

The major changes to my lifestyle were that I initially got a lot less sleep from working so much and put on a lot of weight from not exercising or eating right. So it was mostly negative.

But part of working for yourself is actually learning to run the business in a sustainable and healthy way so now I turn off the computer at 4:30pm every day and go for a run or play tennis with my brother.

That being said, there are a lot of perks like being able to pursue other interests in the middle of the day, take breaks, etc. You are also able to focus on growing assets that you own totally and that is very important to me.

How did things start at first? Were you actively pursuing this lifestyle from the start, or did you figure things out while on the run?
What was your motivation in order to get here?

I always wanted to work for myself. I remember as a kid listening to my parents talk about different bosses or workplace stresses and thinking to myself that I would never go through that. So in some sense I was always trying to set myself up as being self-employed.

But it has never really been a clear path for me. While I was setting up my online businesses I worked a morning shift from I think 6am to 10am cleaning a gym in order to pay the rent and then spent the rest of the day working on my websites. A lot of the time I didn’t think I’d make it and used to get really frustrated at myelf.

But at one point I remember my girlfriend pointing out that I need to try not to get distracted by “paying the rent” all the time and just focus on doing what I loved and was good at. That was a big turning point for me – learning to back myself.

If you were to pick your favorite aspect of blogging, what would it be? Can you try and put the perks into one sentence?

Helping people. Without a shred of a doubt it is the most rewarding thing seeing comments from people who feel like I’ve helped them.
I love the community at Blog Tyrant and honestly don’t feel like I’ve seen it anywhere else. Almost every post gets 80 or 100 comments from brilliant folks who just love helping each other out.

Blogging becomes quite personal in terms of connecting with the audience. You were blogging anonymously for the most part of your online career.
Was this the reason why you decided to unmask on ViperChill, and how this affected your presence on the net?

RamsayIt was a big reason. The anonymous thing worked extremely well as a marketing exercise in that it created quite a lot of buzz around the place. But one day I got an email from Glen from ViperChill (long before I started up there) asking my name because he thought the anonymous thing really held me back.

That really got me thinking about it and I started noticing how weird it felt that my readers would call me BT or Tyrant in comments and emails when I knew their real names and felt quite close to them.

The final straw was when Glen asked me to write for him I told him that I wanted my first post to be the “unmasking”. He wrote back that he had the same idea and was thrilled that I was opening up like that.

I can’t definitively say that showing my face has been the reason things have gone well since then but subscribers are up, comments are up and I seem to be making a lot more business connections than before.

You are now, if we may say, all in into blogging. What motivates you to create such great work over and over again?
Where does the creativity come from and is it tightly connected with the passion you have for what you are doing?

I have to say, I don’t feel like it is a result of passion because some days I absolutely hate the topic! I sometimes go weeks at a time when I really wish I didn’t have to write about blogs or social media or anything like it. But I always seem to come back to it.

I think writers need to learn how to create when you don’t feel like creating in the same way that a professional boxer needs to learn to train when he/she doesn’t feel like training. If you have decided that this is your work then you need to work.

Does the passion for your work come to a plateau, or does it only increase over time and with more knowledge attained?

I constantly feel like I am at a plateau (as weird as that sounds). Sometimes I publish a post that I think everyone has heard before and it gets 200 comments and great feedback and then that shifts my motivation again.

I play a lot of sport and I’m really competitive. Like, when we lost a soccer grand final I was miserable for months when everyone else forgot about it after a few hours. And while that is a terrible quality to have, I think that the reason I’m like that is because I don’t like letting people down and I really don’t like not performing my best.
So a lot of the time I feel like plateaus get broken because I don’t want to feel like I’m letting my teammates down.

What does a usual day in the shoes of Ramsay look like? We paint the picture in our heads imagining the freedom that blogging offers. What’s it really like?

Blogging does offer a lot of freedom that other jobs don’t while at the same time restricting you in ways that other jobs don’t.

For example, if I want to travel I can do it whenever I want and take my laptop and work on the road. But at the same time, I often can’t clock-off at 5pm like a regular job if there are deadlines or problems with a server.

A regular day for me usually starts later than most because I stay up reading pretty late. I usually read at least a couple of books a week. I try to start the day by doing a bit of exercise because it seems to give you more energy and lifts your spirits a bit. I usually work from 10am to 4:30pm on various projects – these days mostly related to Blog Tyrant – and then sometimes a bit more work after dinner.

I try to stick to regular routines but never seem to make it happen. If I really get into the groove on a post or something I’ll often just work straight through dinner and late into the night.

We cannot let you go without asking about other segments of your lifestyle. What about your hobbies? What else do you enjoy other than blogging?

I’m a massive Battlefield 3 geek so I’m often running around Caspian Border sniping terrorists! :)
Other than that I love tennis and soccer and will watch it whenever it is on or play it whenever I get the chance.

Being a blogger I guess that you are comfortable with adapting and evolving over time. What about other aspects of your life? How prone to change and improvement are you?
How do you approach that area?

I’ve been trying to quit coffee for about 10 years now so the answer to that would be: slowly.

It was a huge pleasure having you here Ramsay.
I thank you in both my name and the name of my audience for finding the time to be our guest, and wish you the best of luck for your future work, which we all know will be great.

Thanks a lot. Any time.

15 opinions already. What's yours?

  1. Bojan - Alpha Efficiency

    Actually the first thing from him, that I’ve read was on the Viper Chill blog. The so called unmasking. And I thought that Viper Chill was unmasking, but guess I was wrong. It stayed at the back of my brain, as the good article, with a lots of good content in it.

    Nice interview, newspaper style.

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    • Slavko Desik

      Ramsay is one of the bloggers people have a lot to learn from. He also has like the best community over at Blog Tyrant.

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  2. Andi the Minion

    Hi Ramsay and Slavko, great interview and I am loving the way it is laid out. Some really good questions there Slavko, it is great to get an insight into Ramsay’s day, I love to read but two books a week? I haven’t read a book in ages. That goes to show the type of person and mind he is. Very driven.

    Ramsay I think is a serious inspiration to many and I include myself in that. He has shown that there is a ‘boss free life’ available and I thank you Ramsay for showing us in a way that isn’t in the usual online way of trying to sell us a product for $97 that doesn’t work.

    The comment section under Ramsay’s posts are posts themselves, it can take a good few coffees to get through a Ramsay post and comments. But well worth it as you learn a lot and I do mean a lot. Great post, great interview and well done Slavko for bringing us the interview and thank you Ramsay for taking the time to do it. A true gent.

    Cheers for now S & R
    Andi

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    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Andi :)
      That was my intention from the start, to have a peak into the lifestyle of one of the most talked about bloggers nowadays. The unmasking on ViperChill was Huge. His content was, and still is great.
      And regarding the comment sections of his posts, you can see the kind of passion he writes with about internet marketing. We wanted to present that kind of passion to our readers… Doing something of great value, and enjoying the benefits from it.
      At too admire his drive for productivity and creating great content.

      Take care
      Slavko

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  3. Greg

    Great interview Slavko! Ramsay seems like a nice guy. I hope that the number in the title means that there are gonna be more cool interviews in the future. It’s always fascinating to learn about other people lifestyle, particularly when they are quite famous like Ramsay.

    Cheers from another Battlefield fan. :)

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    • Slavko Desik

      Yes Greg more interviews are coming. Be sure to check every other Friday.
      Cheers

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  4. Ramsay from Blog Tyrant

    Thanks heaps for having me. I really enjoyed it!

    Ramsay

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    • Slavko Desik

      It was our pleasure too Ramsay!

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  5. Nicolas Prieur

    Hey,

    I’ve been reading a couple of your articles and they are great! I really like the idea of this website. That said, i’m really sad to see that your English is rather poor:

    “If you are to pick your favorite aspect of blogging, what would it be?”

    should be: If you were to pick

    “How did things started at first? Were you actively pursuing this lifestyle from the start, or did you figured things out while on the run?”

    Should be: How did things start at first.
    Should be: or did you figure things

    I’m not being mean, really, I like what you are doing, but writing good English is so important in blogging; people will just turn away and leave when they see.

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    • Slavko Desik

      Hi Nicolas,
      I appreciate your comment. Valid criticism is always welcomed. That being said I now notice the mistakes, though writing around 2000 words per day (not only for this blog), and not being a native English speaker takes its turn. Alas, there are mistakes, but I try to keep the quality improving sort to speak.
      As for the concept of this site, I’m really glad that you like it.
      It would have been great though if you had left a comment regarding the idea of this interview, or about the other articles for that matter. I must say, in all honesty, that I’m somewhat surprised that you liked the articles but decided to come here, skip 3000 something words of text only to point some mistakes.
      Oh, and on a side note- if you are trying to lecture me on blogging, then here is a tip: Comments of this kind (not focusing on the substance of the articles) are usually sent via the contact form as an act of courtesy. Please don’t take this the wrong way, I just cannot stand bullying when I see it.
      Have a great day

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      • Nicolas Prieur

        How do you know that I skipped the article? How could I have possibly skipped the article? I corrected the damn article!

        I’m sorry, i’m not in your head and don’t know your comment posting regulations (I was not aware that criticism had a special pathway on your site) so forgive my ignorance…

        Oh, and on a side – what the fuck? Lecturing on blogging? Bullying? I wasn’t lecturing you on anything… I was just saying that bad syntax (or poor English in general) puts readers off no matter how great your content is, for the simple reason that it’s obtrusive and disrupts flow. So in essence, you are reducing the quality of your content because I just notice the poor English instead, simple, really.

        I’m not saying i’m some sort of English god (I’m French, so English is not my native language as well) but I do try to write well.

        Regarding acts of courtesy, i’m doing you a favor right now, i’m being courteous, accept the fact that you can’t write for shit but that you still have great content, at least.

        I’m only joking about my last point, your writing is far above many native english speakers, you just have a few tense to syntax discordances, which can all be fixed, it’s just no one took the time to say it to you, which is why i’m doing it right now.

        Now, i’ve spent some time reading and re-reading my comment and I think it expresses the message I wanted to pass on.

        P.S: I genuinely like your content, I will be coming back, and I will be harassing you about any language errors. But since you like people to be courteous (on the Internet), I will do you a favor and use the “Let’s get in touch!” thingy to.. get in touch.

        We will be in touch,

        Nic.

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        • Slavko Desik

          Like I said earlier I appreciate your gesture, at least as far as the good intent goes.

          “I’m only joking about my last point, your writing is far above many native english speakers, you just have a few tense to syntax discordances, which can all be fixed, it’s just no one took the time to say it to you, which is why i’m doing it right now.”

          Can’t you see why I suggested using the contact form? It’s not that I’m only used to flowery prose or something of the like when comments are concerned, but I do believe that bothering readers with discussions like the one we are having now is downright silly. That’s partially the reason why I reacted as I did in the previous comment.
          I referred to your comment as skipping the content and bullying simply because of the fact that most readers discuss the ideas presented and not the vocabulary, or in this particular case grammar. I cannot see myself going around correcting people in the comment sections where an entirely different discussion is taking place- I guess that’s the other reason why I see your gesture as being non-orthodox.
          I also said skipping the content since you outlined the fact that you read and actually liked some of the articles. How you “skipped” commenting there, and came here as to correct mistakes is beyond me. Sorry for acting all defensive.

          As for doing me a favor, you can try discussing the actual content in the sense of exchanging ideas and criticizing the ones I present. I suspect that people are here for that reason, to exchange ideas, that is (hence my invite to continue non relevant conversations via mail)

          Oh, and thanks for taking your time and offering grammar advice. No harm in that.

          Cheers
          Slavko

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          • Nicolas Prieur

            Okay, well, feel free to delete the conversation if you want, I don’t mind.

            I’m glad we cleared everything up, stuff like that happens, but it’s good we could work it out maturely, something that doesn’t happen often on the internet!

            Keep writing!

  6. Rick

    I’ve been following Blog Tyrant for several months now. In fact, since that famous unmasking on ViperChill, and he always seemed to me like a very nice, open guy, and this interview just confirmed my feeling.
    I’ve bookmarked it the moment Ramsay tweeted about it, because I just knew that it would be a worthwhile read.

    Oh and I’m stunned to see that the longest comments here are about some grammar discussion… Nicolas, i get your point, I really do, it annoys me as well, but I must say, sometimes even more annoying than bad grammar are the grammar nazis.

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    • Slavko Desik

      The famous unmasking just allowed people who were not otherwise familiarized with the Blog Tyrant community to step in. And I’m sure many saw the value there and decided to stay around. We can witness the power of valuable content and the dedication as far as reader engagement goes, and Ramsay does it great. The community on Blog Tyrant is one of the strongest among Internet marketing and blogging sites. Always something to learn from the comment section as well.
      And please disregard the off topic comments, Ramsay deserves the spotlight here!
      Cheers

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