Six years back on this day (1st December 2008) I moved a free blog hosted on BlogSpot to a self-hosted WordPress blog, and that’s how ShoutMeLoud was born. While I was making this move, the only thing that I knew was I’m moving to a better platform for my blog. Many of you who have read my blogging journey knows about the inception of ShoutMeLoud. If you missed reading my journey, today I will be sharing how ShoutMeLoud came into existence, and how accidentally things happened that I never imagined even in my wildest dreams. First of all, today is ShoutMeLoud`s 6th Anniversary, and I am happy beyond words would express, as I never imagined how this `One’ blog could make magic happen for me and many others.
Inception of ShoutMeLoud: 6Th Anniversary Special
If you check out the who.is details of ShoutMeLoud, you will know that ShoutMeLoud domain was bought on 30th November 2008, and it was 1st December when a Blog name ShoutMeLoud was live on the internet. When I started blogging six years back, I had no idea about making money from a blog, and I was blogging because I enjoyed the writing part and sharing what I knew. With time, I got a great response from my readers, and from hobby, this name (Blogging) become a profession to me.
Gratitude to everyone who made things happen:
Today is the day; I want to thank people who made ShoutMeLoud the way you see it right now. I would start by thanking one of my senior from college, Mohit Nanda, the guy who taught me everything about internet at the first place. I would like to thank Ankit for giving me his credit card to buy Web-hosting, and that’s how ShoutMeLoud blog came into the picture. My heartiest gratitude to Mani Karthik, who helped me at the beginning of my blogging career about WordPress SEO and it’s because of him I learned about basics of Search engine optimization.
I would like to thank @HoneySingh, for his consistent support, motivation and designing the ShoutMeLoud logo. Thanks to all the current and past member of ShoutDreams network, and those who made ShoutMeLoud happen so far. I would like to extend my gratitude to all those 558 shouters, who guest posted here and become a part of the family. I would also like to thank you for becoming a part of Shouter’s community.
The Journey of ShoutMeLoud: From An idea to a reality
In 2008, after graduating from college, all I had in my mind was to kill one year of time, so I can join Accenture (Company where I got campus placement). Since I had enough time in hand to report to Accenture, I joined Convergys and worked there for six months. While working for Convergys, I started my first blog on BlogSpot and started sharing things I knew.
Since childhood, I was always fascinated with computers but it was only in 2005 that I had my first computer. My first few years were spent learning about software’s, web apps, hacking, creating Linux servers, and playing counter strike. On the verge of 3rd year, when I was not placed in any company; I was cursing myself for spending countless hours on Internet and not focusing on academics. I thought social engineering and hacking is completely waste of time, and I should have focused more on academics. After 4 failed campus placement interviews, I finally got a chance to appear @Accenture campus drive, and luckily the interviewer asked me all about Social-engineering and hacking. I wish I could explain in words, how happy I felt after getting selected at Accenture.
Later on, after completing engineering degree from one of the engineering college of Agra (H.C.S.T), I moved back to New Delhi (Capital City of India), and rented a one small room for myself. That’s the time when I joined Convergys and started getting my first salary. At the age of 22, I was independent, stopped taking any financial aid from my family, and I knew one thing; I’m the master of my life, and I could shape it in any way I wanted.
That’s the time, when I started blogging on a BlogSpot blog, and within 45 days, I was on Digg social bookmarking site homepage (Those days Digg homepage means viral traffic to your blog). On a single day, I got more than 18K visits, and I had no idea what 18, ooo visits mattered to any other webmasters. In fact, when I started blogging; I had no clue about AdSense or any other ways that bloggers can make money. Later on, I learned about affiliate marketing and realized that this is the market that I need to be in. One interesting fact about my journey is; I used to take lots of print-out of blogging stuff that I need to read, and used to read them while traveling from work to home in the office cab. (Those day’s smartphones were not so popular in India).
Around April 2009, I left my full-time job @Convergys to try my luck as a professional blogger, and around June sometimes, I got the call from Accenture to join them on 6th July. That was the time when I was a bit confused about my future, and terms like Entrepreneurship and Infopreneurship were not so popular in those days.
I was baffled by the fact that should I join Accenture or should I continue with my venture. The good side was, I was making comfortably 40,000 INR ($700) that time from my blog. Thanks to Keshav Gupta (My School friend) for his words ” We work @company so that we can do something of our own in future, and you are already doing something of your own; so keep calm it and don’t stop“, and with his words, I was kind of sure that blogging is going to be my only profession, and just after 5 days, I met with a horrible 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; those six months played a major role in my life by making me what I’m today. While I was on bed rest, I spent most of the time learning about Blogging, and practicing it. It was December 2009, when I was allowed to move, and by that time I was comfortably making more than $2000/month from blogging.
That’s the 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 lot from 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, and thanks to @Siddie and Akshay khurana for being a part of ShoutMeLoud`s inception. Siddarth was a tech geek and he was one of the first employee (School fall out) whom I hired and invited him to Delhi from Mangalore, and become a part of ShoutDreams network. If you want to know more about Sid, you should check out his article : Being high on Tech to being paid by tech. In between, ShoutMeLoud and I got featured on various magazines, got interviewed by many bloggers, and things changed a lot for me and around me.
2013 was a great year for my blogging career, because first time I ever gave a stage presentation; and later on got an opportunity to speak at Asia’s largest hosting summit. 2014 was quite an year as I spend a lot of time evolving myself with various activities like video blogging, as a speaker to name a few. If this is the first time you are visiting ShoutMeLoud Blog, this 2 minutes video will give you an overview and ideology of our blog:
Things that I learned over the time:
In the past 6 years, I have learned many new things, and many of my beliefs were broken and I learned 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, what matter is how you deal with them. That’s how life is, and what matter is; how you imagine your life to be. One of my friend suggested me to read “The Secret“, and after reading the book, I suggest you to read it too. It will help you 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 meaningful life. Here are few things I could share from my 28 years of experience:
- Have goals in your life, that will help you keep moving forward .
- You are the creator of your own life, and you can make anything out of it. So dream big, act big and make it big.
- Be it right or wrong; be the person you are. We all like people who are honest and just honest.
- Your problems are your own, and they will keep coming. Instead of getting worried about problems, put your energy in getting out of the problems.
- What ever is happening in your life right now is because of the actions you have taken in the past. What will happen tomorrow is; how you act now.
- The main key to success is confidence.
- Find your inner strength, and never let you down. You might not be Mr. or Ms. Perfect, but you are the person that no one 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.
- Give as much as you could without expecting anything in return.
- Success is an endless journey, once you on the track; you don’t have to stop ever.
- Most important: Your blog is your personal space. When you write anything, write it from heart, and you will earn million hearts.
My lasts words:
Before you add a comment on my 6 year long blogging journey, do check out this important message for you:
This is all I have to share today and at the end thank you for being a part of ShoutMeLoud community. And to share my love and joy, I have many exiting giveaways happening for the next few days, and I suggest you to subscribe to our Newsletter or join us on Facebook to be the first one to know about these giveaways.