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After 2191 Days of Blogging All I Can Say “Blogging Is Incredible”

After 2191 Days of Blogging All I Can Say “Blogging Is Incredible”

6 years back on this day (1st dec 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, and if you haven’t, today I will be sharing how ShoutMeLoud came into existance, 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 for many others.

Inception of ShoutMeLoud: 5Th 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 6 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.

Shouters Be the change

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.  I would also like to thank Rahul Bansal, as he was my inspiration, and I had the pleasure of working with him for a period of 6 months. My heartiest gratitude to Mani karthik, who helped me in the beginning of my blogging career to understand 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 Shouters 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 6 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 own first computer. My first few years were spent learning about softwares, 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 web masters. Infact, 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-put of blogging stuff which I need to read, and used to read them while travelling from work to home in the office cab. (Those days 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 sometime, 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 about the fact that should I join Accenture or should I continue with my own 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 5 days after I met with a horrible accident.

Keep Calm Dont stop now

The accident was quite severe, and I had multiple fractures on my left foot (Lisfranc injury). I was hospitalized and on bed rest for 6 months; those 6 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 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.

Harsh Agrawal accident

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.

Last year (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 27 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.

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  • Nainu Raheesh

    Truly inspiring story… Appreciate your decision to go ahead with your passion, instead of Job. Really helpful informations

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  • Nico

    Inspiring story and a testament to all of your hard work. Keep setting those high goals and achieving your dreams.

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  • Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Harsh,

    Congrats!

    I feel so happy for you because I have taken a similar journey. It’s neat how things work out, right? When you think about it, there’s no better way to inspire large groups of folks online and offline than by running a helpful, inspired blog.

    I agree with your advice too. I’d add, be able to laugh at yourself. Being confident enough to laugh at my successes, my failures, and my criticisms all helped me be balanced through the ups and downs that I’ve faced each day.

    To your continued success Harsh!

    Ryan

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  • Vikram Singh

    Harsh,

    I can not tell you, how much I got inspired by your blog and the life lessons at the end had me completely motivated and raring to go. I am bookmarking it.
    I am also an aspiring blogger but some how could not do it, being an expert procrastinator, always could invent brilliant excuses. But no more excuses now. Many thanks!

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  • Pankaj

    Hi Harsh,

    I am one of those who visit your blog like each day and like to read about your stuff. You post really great stuff! Though I know about blogging and and stuff from 2007-08, I never could do because of my career but I realize blogging could be career by reading your website. Thank you for inspiring many and helping people!!

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  • Monu Kumar

    Hi Respected Harsh,
    I was thinking that blogging is a very tough task for new bloggers. Harsh, I am blogging from last 1 year and I am feeling very lucky with your blog. I am learning the articles from last 3-4 months.
    But in this article I have learnt each and everything about hard work. Truly speaking, I have downloaded your image of accident and set as a screen saver. This is very inspirational for me.
    I was thinking that blogging is the power for future. But today I realize that the future is the power blogging and passion. I love your hard work.
    Thanks for sharing all blogging tips and tricks in this motivational article.
    Regards
    Monu Kumar

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  • PetsAds

    Such an inspiring blogging story. Thanks for the share. You are a true inspiration to many bloggers.Thanks for giving me an inspiration to work more hard in blogging..

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  • Piyush

    Hello Harsh,
    I must say the Amazing man with the Amazing Journey. You proved that even accidents can also be helpful in your life ;) (jokes apart).

    Very Inspiring, A True Blogging Legend. I must say :)

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  • pranjali

    Hi Harsh,
    Your name itself sounds so inspiring; and your success story, omg!! is tremendously an awakening for the readers. I personally had never thought of blogging as a career, but accidentally after coming across your story i am fully inspired. ITS GREAT TO READ ABOUT YOUR IDEAS AND VIEWS ABOUT LIFE AND CAREER. Really motivated. I would like to start working in the very same field. Need you guidance for the same.

    Thanks a lot for making me realise with your blog, what i can achieve with my writing skills.

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  • shakira

    Ohhhh My GOD, I think i m a late latiff in this huge crowd, but no way i will not loose my hope. I was also thinking of starting my own blogpost but really worried about the response, but after reading your life journey on Blogging i am surprised. I can understand it would be a very big n little confusing decision to choose Accenture invites or blogging, according to me its really confusing but now the world can see what a chalenging decision can do .Great keep going…..and guide us more tips to do better things in our life

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  • Anurag kumar

    This was really a great story. You are a philosopher, motivator not just a blogger. I really liked your last few lines that you have written from your 27 years of experience. Keep moving. We all end up where our destiny decides. You got a job but rather you decided to become your own boss. Yes life is not that easy and it can never be a joy ride. We all must be ready to face the challenge.
    I think you are earning more that what any company will pay you but it’s not all about earning that matters in life. It’s all about doing things you love to do and when you start doing what you love to do, no one can stop you to became great.
    I think you have concentrated your blog on just tech things. You have earned a lot now it time to become a philosopher and motivate people. I would request you to not concentrate on any niche topic but write anything you wish to write that will be a impression of a good writer. hmm this is only my request rest is up to you.
    Thanks for sharing this life event. I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Muhammad Abdullah

    The journey is long though but its incredible, full of fun every day. Thanks for sharing this happy :) article!

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  • Deepak K

    ” I’m the master of my life, and I could shape it in any way I wanted” – This one single line is enough to inspire me. Thanks for sharing the awesome journey with us.

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  • piyush sharma

    You’re such an amazing inspiration for me. Thanks for this motivating journey of you.

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  • Neek

    Thanks you so much Amazing successful which inspires very high to every one who read this..

    Again I want to say thank for sharing such great words..

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  • fazal mayar

    Thanks for this Harsh. I am proud that i was able to contribute a pretty good guest post on SML a few years ago. My favourite blogger is you and I hope I can have success as you do one day.

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    • Neek

      Really Harsh Sir,The way you blogging is great.I have not seen such a kind of blogger in my life.The way you express the things in the site ,I believe and feel like you are talking with me when I read.Really impressive style.And I honestly feel and want to say,that I have learned a lot of things from shout me loud.Thanks a lot for your great articles.When sometimes I do a google search and when google results your site and when I enter inside SML site,I feel like I got what I wanted.Really Blogging is great and we should never stop blogging.Thanks a Ton..

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  • Mohd Faraz

    its Really Inspiring . Hats off to you .
    your journey is amazing !

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  • Raaj Paatkar

    Hi Harsh,

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing your inspiring story of blogging. Surely, it would motivate many aspiring digital marketers and web entrepreneurs.

    If you’re ever coming to Mumbai, I’d be happy if you could give a presentation for ‘Mumbai SEO and Social Media Marketing Meetup’ members.

    Keep up the good work !

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  • Bala

    I bookmarked this page 6 months back.Whenever I lose hope on blogging I opened this page and read it. You are my inspiration bro.

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  • mukesh

    Hi Harsh,

    I am software engineer and keen interested in blogging. I have also started blogging since last two months. Could you please have a look at my blog and suggest how I can make it more attractive and increase traffic.

    This is my blog:
    learnsharecorner.com/

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  • Sapna Darekar

    Thanks Harsh, To share your experience with us.Very motivational for new blogger and specially fo me.

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  • Hunny Yadav

    Great post Harsh !

    Blog is the one of the main hub of your empire and you proved it right man :)

    Just a quick question ?

    Do you think we have to blog daily or we can have a schedule of blogging weekly ?

    I would love your insights and thoughts on this :)

    Thanks !

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    • Sachin

      Do you think we have to blog daily or we can have a schedule of blogging weekly ?

      I would love your insights and thoughts on this :)

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  • Saurabh Shukla

    Wow..its a very inspiring story of yours Harsh, I really get inspired to know your footsteps in this blogging journey and I am sure many of the persons like me must learn from this. As I am very thankful to you because its given me a new energy to think about this Incredible path.

    I would like to thank again for sharing this story with us. God bless you.

    Cheers!

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  • Prabhudatta Sahoo

    Really, motivating Harsh, Hats off to you! Your success story has motivated me and I am sure most of newbies like me. Thank you very much Harsh for sharing your success story. :)

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  • Pratik Gupta

    Really nice post…And really motivating story for every new blogger like me who has just stepped into the world of Blogging….Thanks a lot for sharing your success story. :)

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  • Rabin

    Nice to hear about your complete blogging tour story :)

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  • Ram kishor

    Thanks you so much Amazing successful story that encourage to learn more in life and achieve best .

    Again I want to say thank for sharing this story

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  • Spumby

    Hi Harsh,

    It’s an amazing journey, really helpful for me and motivates me to do more in blogging carrier, few month back I quite blogging because my AdSense was blocked, but after reading your article, I am started working on my new blog and I got cheque of $156.

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

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