After 2191 Days of Blogging, All I Can Say is: “Blogging Is Incredible!”

Six years ago on this very day (December 1, 2008) I moved a free blog hosted on BlogSpot to a self-hosted WordPress blog, and that’s how ShoutMeLoud was born.

Harsh Agrawal Blogging Journey

The only thing I was sure of when I was making this transition was that I was moving to a better platform for my blog.

Many of you who have read my blogging journey already know about the inception of ShoutMeLoud. If you missed reading about my journey, today I will be sharing how ShoutMeLoud came into existence, and how a variety of things happened that I never imagined would happen, even in my wildest dreams.

Today, on ShoutMeLoud’s 6th Anniversary, I am happier than words can express.  I could never have imagined how this one blog could make magic happen for me and so many others.

Inception of ShoutMeLoud: 6Th Anniversary Special

If you check out the who.is details of ShoutMeLoud, you will see that the ShoutMeLoud domain was purchased on November 30, 2008,  and on the very next day, December 1, 2008, ShoutMeLoud went live on the Internet!

When I started blogging six years ago, I had no idea how to make money from a blog, and I was blogging only because I enjoyed writing and sharing what I knew. With time, I got a great response from my readers, and blogging went from being a hobby to being my profession.

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Gratitude to everyone who made things happen:

On this pivotal day, I want to thank the many people who made ShoutMeLoud what it is today.

To begin, I thank Mohit Nanda, my college senior and a friend from college and the guy who taught me everything he knew about the Internet in the first place.

I would like to thank Ankit for giving me his credit card to buy Web-hosting, as that is how the ShoutMeLoud blog became a reality.

My heartiest gratitude also goes out to Mani Karthik, who helped me at the beginning of my blogging career, teaching me about WordPress SEO and about the basics of search engine optimization. I would also like to thank @HoneySingh for his consistent support and motivation, and for designing the ShoutMeLoud logo.

Thanks to all the current and past members of the ShoutDreams network, and to all those who helped create ShoutMeLoud to date.

Finally, I would like to extend my gratitude to the 578 Shouters who guest posted here and became a part of the ShoutMeLoud family. Thank you for being part of the Shouters’ community.

The Journey of ShoutMeLoud: From an Idea to a Reality

In 2008 after graduating from Sharda university, all I had in my mind was to kill one year of time until I could join Accenture (the company where I got my campus placement).  Since I had time before I had to report to Accenture, I joined Convergys call center and worked there for six months. While working for Convergys, I started my first blog on BlogSpot and I began sharing things that I knew and understood.

I had been fascinated with computers since childhood, but it was only in 2005 that I got my first computer. I spent first few days by downloading movies from torrent, and using Orkut & Hi5 (Those days they used to be most popular social-networking site).

My first few years hands-on with a computer were spent learning about cool stuff we can do online, creating Linux servers, and playing Counter-Strike. <!–nextpage–>

On the verge of my 3rd year of college, when I had not yet been placed in a company, I was cursing myself for spending countless hours on the Internet and not focusing on academics. I thought social engineering and hacking was a complete waste of time, and I felt that I should have focused more on academics.

After four failed campus placement interviews, I finally got a chance to appear at the Accenture campus drive, and fortunately the interviewer asked me about social engineering and hacking!

I wish I could describe how happy I felt after being selected by Accenture.

interview happiness

From Accenture to Call Centre:

After completing my engineering degree, I moved back to New Delhi (Capital City of India), and rented a small room for myself. At that time I joined Convergys, and I started getting my first salary. I was working in graveyard shift, and like every other engineer, I was wasting the most crucial years of my life.

The good thing was, At the age of 22 I was independent, and I knew one thing: I am the master of my life, and I can shape it in any way I want.

That’s when I started blogging on a BlogSpot blog to learn & share something new. My blog was just another blog, until one day I got more than 18,000 visits.  One of my blog post made Digg social bookmarking site homepage.  In those days the Digg homepage meant viral traffic to your blog.

Probably that was wake up call for me, as I started spending more time on my blog after that. I spend first 2 months learning about blogging, changing themes every day (I hated that part, as it was time-consuming), and learning about blogging & internet marketing. The best thing was, I had no one around me who knew blogging, or back in 2008 there was hardly any tutorials online. Those days I had no clue about AdSense or any other ways that bloggers can make money. Later on, I learned about affiliate marketing and I quickly realized that this is the market that I needed to be in.

Quitted my job for an unknown experience:

In April of 2009 I left my full-time job at Convergys to try my luck as a professional blogger, and at some point in June I got the call from Accenture to join them on July 6th. That was the point at which I began to feel somewhat confused about my future.

In those days and terms like “entrepreneurship” and “infopreneurship” were not as popular as they are today.  I was conflicted as to whether I should join Accenture or continue with my personal/professional venture.

The good news was that I was comfortably making 40,000 INR ($700) at that time from my blog. Thanks to Keshav Gupta (my school friend) for his wise words:  “We work at a company so that we can create something of our own in the future. You are already doing something of your own, so keep calm and don’t stop.”  And with his words, I was reassured that blogging was going to be my profession.

On the same month, 5 days after my 23rd birthday, I met with an horrible accident.

Harsh Agrawal accident

5 months after the accident

The accident was quite severe, and I had multiple fractures on my left foot (Lisfranc injury). I was hospitalized and on bed rest for six months. Initially I was frustrated & was lost for first few weeks, as I couldn’t go out of my room.

Imagine you at the age of 23 & can’t get out of a room? It’s like being stuck in a jail.

After first few week, I decided to focus my energy on things that I could do, rather than things I couldn’t do. Next few months after the accident, played a major role in making me what I am today.  I spent most of my time learning about blogging, and practicing it.

It was December 2009 when I was allowed to move, and by that time ShoutMeLoud started becoming popular, and people were already talking about it with their friends. It was at this time when I met Rahul Bansal, and we decided to work together to fulfill our dreams.

From January 2009 to June 2009 we worked together, and I learned a great deal from the amazing people at @rtCamp. Around August 2010, I moved back to New Delhi and decided to take ShoutMeLoud to the next level.

I opened ShoutDreams as a parent company for all the blogs in my network. I am grateful to @Siddie and Akshay Khurana for being a part of this piece of ShoutMeLoud’s inception.

Siddarth was a college dropout, and he was one of the first employees whom I hired. Siddie moved from Mangalore to Delhi, to work here at ShoutDreams. (If you want to know more about Sid, you should check out his article : Being High on Tech to Being Paid by Tech.) Later on, he moved back to his home-town.

During this time, ShoutMeLoud and I were featured in various magazines, and were interviewed by many bloggers, and things changed a lot for me and around me. Blogging was growing in popularity, and it became the next big thing.
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2013 was a golden year of my blogging career.  During that year I had my first opportunity to  give a stage presentation, and later that year I was invited to speak at Asia’s largest hosting summit (Reseller club hosting summit).

A lot has changed about blogging, as with time it become a next big thing. Apart from being a cool thing to have a blog, it become a main source of living for me & many more bloggers around the globe. All this time, I keep adding new features & new flavor to ShoutMeLoud.

On personal level I started engaging myself into outdoor activities such as Public speaking, video blogging, ad shoot for companies like CitiBank.  By the end of 2014, I added features like Deals section, Video section here at ShoutMeLoud.

In 2015 my focus will be to launch a product for upcoming bloggers & for blogging community. I will be launching smartphone apps.

Update June 2015: ShoutMeLoud SmartPhone app is available for Android & iOS. You can download the one based on your mobile phone OS:

If this is the first time you are visiting the ShoutMeLoud blog, this two-minute video will give you an overview and ideology of our blog:

Things that I learned over time:

In the past six years, I have learned many new things.  During this time many of my beliefs were broken, and I learned that life is not so simple, and it will never be a constant joy ride. There will be good days and there will be bad days, but what matters is how you deal with them.

Also important is how you imagine your life to be. One of my friends suggested that I read “The Secret“, and after reading the book, I must suggest that you to read it, too. It will help you to solve problems in a better way, and you will live a better life. This book is for anyone who would like to have a better and more meaningful life.

Here are few things that I would like to share from my 28 years of experience with life:

  • You are the creator of your own life, and you can make anything you want out of it.  So dream big, act big and make it big.
  • Be the person you are. We all like people who are honest.  Just honest!
  • Your problems are your own, and they will keep coming. Instead of worrying about problems, put your energy into solving them.
  • Whatever is happening in your life right now is a result of the actions you have taken in the past. What will happen tomorrow is will be determined by how you are acting right now.
  • Find your inner strength, and never let yourself down. You might not be perfect, but you are the person that no one else can ever be.
  • Never sacrifice your future for your present, and find the perfect balance between present and future to live a better life.
  • Never share your problems with anyone, because everyone is busy handling their own problems.
  • Most important: your blog is your personal space. When you write anything, write it from your heart, and you will earn a million hearts.

My final words:

Before you add a comment on my six-year long blogging journey, please check out this important message:

This is all I have to share today.  Thank you for being a part of the ShoutMeLoud community. And to share my love and joy, I invite you to subscribe to our newsletter or join us on Facebook to be the first to learn the next great thing from ShoutMeLoud!

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a professional blogger. He loves to read & write about Blogging, SEO, WordPress, Make money online & technology. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives more than half a million PV in a month, and is an award winning blog.

COMMENTs ( 247 )

  1. says

    Hello Harsh,
    Your blogging story has really inspired me. I believe that this story also inspired thousands of blogger around the globe.

  2. says

    Hello Harsh,

    Thanks for share your story with us . It’s really good to read about your story. Honestly i am thinking the same as you, “I’m The Master of my Life” At this time, I read in class 10th and started my own blog :) I have also a biggest dream that My Name (TonmoyParves) will be a brand and I am trying to do the hardest work. AS well class 10th Student i don’t get too much time to do study about Blogging and Internet marketing. AS well My Target to become the youngest Internet Marketer in the world . Not only Youngest but also the successful youngest Internet Marketer :)

    I hope, One Day i can also share my story with my readers and My Target is to become sucess before getting 21 years as well now I’m 16 years :) Hope, I can also do the same as you did in past 6 years :)

  3. says

    Hi Harsh, Congratulations for all the success in your life. You have created a great blogging history for new bloggers who always try to find something helpful for their blogging career. As “First Impression is Your Last Impression” I had read your first post around few days ago and now i become a big fan of yours.

  4. says

    Hey Harsh,
    Firstly Thank you for sharing your experience in such a beautiful manner.
    I just started blogging and your experience is so compelling and ecouraging.
    I’m fully addicted to your Knowledge Bank!
    I will spent my valuable time just to go through your posts and learn from you.
    Thank You again,Shouter!

  5. says

    Very inspiring writeup Harsh. I am so glad that i found your space.. As a newbie i didnt go more miles in blogging. Your writing and articles gives me biggest motivation to run fast. I want you to give the same and more ever. And a small request i have read two food blogging related articles of Surkhab. I am happy if you post more useful tips regarding how to increase traffic & revenue through food blogging. TIA

  6. says

    Harsh,

    Inspiring stuff! I didn’t know you read The Secret. Wonderful book that’s helped me in so many ways. I also feel although it was hellish to experience your accident helped to mold you too as trauma can point you in a new, freeing direction if you embrace the experience.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

  7. says

    hey harsh its always great motivation to read your blogs .i m a dedicated science teacher and want to grow my passion of teaching by entering in this blogging thing . i will be glad if you could help me from A to Z about how to start good and how i could earn through it and could provide my service to society in terms of education .

    • says

      @Himanshu
      It’s good to hear your interest in Blogging. Here are two ways by which you can quickly get free help:

      My 6 years of learning is shared here at ShoutMeLoud. You need to spend next few days or about few weeks to go through all of them. Believe me, you will be better than 90% of the bloggers out there, as all the tricks/tutorials are written after trying/implementing on ShoutMeLoud.

      Once you have done your initial study, you can also join our forum and interact with other bloggers about blogging. You can join our forum here.

  8. says

    This is really motivating, Your journey is full of ups and downs and also inspiration for many. Your blog teaches me a lots but most important is – “Never let yourself stop”

  9. says

    o my god!! i cant beleive this!! your journey reflects mine too.
    i started blogging when im 19 i have created many blogs, blog posts more 2k i think and deleted all those when i feel this is not a good blog. unfortunately i met with a bike accident when im 20
    8 months bed rest,don’t like to remember those days . i was like i lost my life in bed
    after a while again i started blog again
    now i can understand that “keep calm and trust yourself”
    you are my motivation

    • says

      @LIjo
      That sounds like we share quite the similar story. I can understand how hard 8 months could be, and the hardest part is coming back to life after 8 months. After recovery, When I moved out for the first time of my own, I realized so many things have been changed outside. It was a big transition from bed to walking again. I hope you also utilized your bed-ridden time by learning new stuff. Best of luck with your blog.
      Thanks for your kind words.

  10. says

    “You are the creator of your own life, and you can make anything you want out of it. So dream big, act big and make it big.”

    Hi Harsh,

    its just great wording.

    thanks a lot

  11. Rachit says

    Hey harsh, i am 15 year old blogger much inspired by you. i work on my friend’s blog as author. now i bought a domain for my own blog and i am facing problems regarding adding my domain to my blog. My blog is ready but my domain is not ridirecting to my blog. its showing 404 error. please help me. i am stuck since 4 days in doing this. i have bought domain from godaddy. please help !!
    Help!

  12. says

    Hi Harsh !
    I am glad to see that you have received the reward what you dreamed in 2008.I know those days buddy..
    Keep blogging…Keep growing..
    Regards
    Surender Sharma (Former: Technogati)

  13. says

    Hi Harsh,
    You are inspiration to me and many other bloggers in all corners of the world. Your success story inspires and motivates us all the time. I am a regular follower of Shout Me Loud and the posts have helped me all the time when I’m stuck or have to figure out something.
    I’d like to thank you to make this blog what it is and wish that Shout Me Loud grows and grows in the upcoming years.
    Regards,
    Zaiyan

  14. says

    Hi Harsh.
    You might not know I had decided to start blogging after reading this post. It was very inspiring for me :). But now I am having a lots of trouble and learning how hard your journey was. Thank you.
    Regards Salekin..

  15. Yogesh says

    Hey Harsh!

    I want to thank you for this motivational post. The previous year I started a blog out of interest and about 3-4 months later I came to know about Adsense and SEO. After some time I came to know about Affiliate marketing and how important it is if someone wants to make money from ShoutMeLoud only.

    I am now able to rank my posts but the biggest mistake I did was to start a blog related to Cracks and other Softwares named ‘YJ ES Latest Buzz’ and now I know that such blogs aren’t able to money with adsense and also affiliate marketing doesn’t work much for me.
    After reading this post I gained more confidence and now I am thinking to start a new blog related to Blogging, SEO and some Tweaks. I think I will start it next month as I passed 12th Standard and now I am free till I get a college. You are my motivation and now lets see what happens.

    Hope everything goes fine. Waiting for more motivational and amazing posts from you.
    Thanks!

  16. says

    Harsh, in your life Bad (accident) became Good (One of the Top Indian Bloggers)…We are still waiting for that Lucky Accident!! (^_^)

    • says

      @Surya
      I wouldn’t call it as a Lucky accident, and I don’t want anyone to go through that stage ever. Nothing is more horrible than stuck in bed for months. I believe you can make your existing time a lucky time instead of waiting for lucky accident ;)

  17. says

    Harsh, A very inspirational read. You scared me for a second with that leg bandage! Keep up the good work with Shout Me Loud. I continue to get great tips and insights from your site.

  18. says

    Heyya. Congrats in your success so far. I fully understand what you give and what you receive. Success is not the straight line, what is the most important is you have your beliefs and you stand up after failures. .. Keep Rocking babe.. :)

  19. Prashant says

    must agree with you , thanks for inspiration Dude !! i was doubting myself , if you can do this , why not me !! thanx for sharing your experience , nice story !!!

  20. says

    Totally agreed. Congrats in your success so far. I fully understand what you give and what you receive. Success is not the straight line, what is the most important is you have your beliefs and you stand up after failures. NEVER GIVE UP will push you to the big success. Cheers

  21. says

    awesome ……… video and post. i got more strength and motivation after reading this thanks am really like you playing games all day , also have great interest in hacking , doing something different from others etc

  22. says

    Let me first thank God for making me find shoutmeloud.com. Nobody referred me, the name came to my mind and I hit my keyboard. I am really enjoying myself here. There are lot’s of thing to learn here, mouth watering tips for that matter. Thanks for sharing all these with us.

  23. says

    Hi Harsh,
    It was really a wonderful article on your whole journey but I have some questions for you, please answer if possible :

    1. What was the biggest challenge you have faced in your journey ?
    2. What do you think is the biggest achievements of all in your journey ?
    3. What is the biggest mistake made by you in your journey which you would never want to repeat even by chance & don’t want any of newbies like me to make ?

    As I am a newbie I am interested to know these facts from a master like you so that they can help me. Thanks for answers in advance.

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