Bye Bye Soul-Sucking Job! Welcome Full time Blogging

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This blog post is probably going to change my life as I’m going to make one of the biggest decision of my career.

Hello all,

this is a boring post where I’m going to bore you about my career as I’m joining the league of Professional Bloggers. 🙂

I started Blogging six months back (late 2008), and my blogging journey so far has been a never-ending learning experience.

Every day, I learn something new, and I’m like, Damn! I never thought about it.

And if you are up for learning something new, Blogging and Internet marketing are your thing.

My blogging history was like as an average blogger who started with a BlogSpot blog, moved to WordPress later, and now implementing and practicing new ideas.  

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Well, this sounds really simple when we are into part-time blogging but things change when we take blogging as our only career choice. Before I will tell you more about my decision to take blogging as a full-time career, I believe you should know me a little:

Hi, i’m Harsh Agrawal, from New Delhi, an I.T Engineer by education and a blogger by profession.  

I was working with Convergys technologies, and now I have left my job to make a career in the field of Blogging.

I know people will call it madness because I left my job at the time of recession when people are desperately looking for a job.

Honestly, it was a tough decision for me to leave my existing career path for starting a completely new career in the field of Blogging. 

It’s just been 6 months since I started blogging as a part-time activity, however, it was becoming difficult for me to blog and show my online presence along with my 12 hrs job.

Finally I quit my job because I saw lots of opportunities for me in the field of blogging.

I will say anybody who is into blogging has more opportunities to make endless money online. The only keyword to success is regularity, dedication and positive attitude.

Blogging is not as easy an experience as it seems like. Running and maintaining a blog involves lots of work that includes SEO, writing, managing hosting, and promotion.

When I started ShoutMeLoud, it was a technology blog, but later I change my niche to teach others about niche blogging, and how to start, grow and monetize an online brand. The whole idea was to share my experience and things that I have learned over the time.

Gradually, other bloggers started liking what I share, and that gave me enough boost and confidence to decide about one of the biggest transition of my life.

It took me almost 2 months to decide if I should take Blogging as a full-time career or keep it as a part-time career. All the people I have consulted, they all have their opinion but here is one advice which I got from my friend & I would like to share it with you too:

“People who work in MNC, it’s their dream to kick their job and start something of own, but in your case, you are being gifted with something which you like and something which can be your career.”

Somehow, these words helped me to be sure about what I wanted, and finally I decided to become the best professional blogger from India.

Is Full time blogging for me or not?

I won’t comment on this until I see my progress.

My only target is to provide quality articles and quality content so that I can keep up the trust that I have built in these few months, especially now, when Blogging is the only source for my bread and butter, I can’t afford to make any mistakes.

So I will make sure every article I will write, every piece of information I will give you will be based on research.

I’m always open to feedback and suggestions. You are always welcome to drop a mail at hello[at]shoutmeloud.com

Moreover I will keep sharing my experience and the source from where I’m making money so that other people who are thinking of taking blogging seriously can take an example.

So am I going to blog only for money?

I started blogging because of my interest and passion.

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When I started Blogging, I didn’t even realize one can make money from a Blog.

Making online money was a myth for me, but later on, I discovered that online business is a gold mine for this era. Blogging is just a small part of it, there are many strings that are attached to Blogging and I’m going to uncover it.

Especially, affiliate marketing and search engine optimization is something my area of interest.

Talking about, if I’m going to just blog for money, My answer: No.

I blog because I love it. . As of now, I don’t have to try hard as current traffic and my affiliate strategies are helping me make enough money to survive, and if everything goes as planned, I will be integrating services like blog setup, SEO, and maybe blog consultancy in future.

I am not sure how this blogging as a career is going to change my life.

My decision to take blogging as a full-time profession may turn out to be a disaster, but I might regret it later if I don’t try something awesome and independent as this.  

Let’s see what path blogging leads me to. For now, all I need is good wishes and luck from all the Shouters.

A friendly reminder to subscribe to ShoutMeLoud feeds and if you are on Twitter you can connect me @denharsh

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

54 thoughts on “Bye Bye Soul-Sucking Job! Welcome Full time Blogging”

  1. kksilvery

    Hi Harsh,
    I recently left my job to continue my blogging journey and i have also joined my brothers business so make my parents silence. Having issues with my parents , they don’t want me to continue my blogging journey as they consider it as side business.

    1. shubham kumar

      HEY KKSILVERY, i can understand how difficult it is to leave job when your family is not so supportive, trust me i have done the same. we can help each other to built a good website.

  2. Maifate

    I started blogging with free WordPress since 2011. Even my online friend is the one who made it for me. At first, I never think I was gonna make my site into a self hosted blog, did it near the end of last month.
    I think it was really late for me to do that. But it was unexpected even for me.

    Because I was unemployed, only sometimes volunteering. I started to manage my blog more often after upgraded.
    I’ve faced many obstacles along the way, researching, and learning till I got here.

    Still, because I have no income. Half of the reason, I’m doing it for the money. Am I wrong?
    But I can only make a penny, most probably because of country niche. You see, my blog was mostly used my native language. My country is Indonesia.
    I have many followers and views before I upgraded my blog. But now, my site still have a long way to catch up compared to before.

    And I’m currently still wondering. Is blogging my site can be considered as working? Because I’m doing what I love, it didn’t feel like working at all. It didn’t even bothered me at all when I’m blogging 8-9 hours on weekend. But I make almost no income from my not even one month self hosted blog.
    Maybe I was expecting a quick result. But that would be expected after you have no income for a while.

    As I’m wondering about that, I stumble upon your article here. Sorry for my rambling. Probably unrelated to the article. But I thought I need to let it out my feeling.
    thank you.

    1. kksilvery

      Hi
      Brother every one has their own problems. I have my own . I’m struggling as well. Believe in yourself and your work.

  3. Barnali

    Harsh, you have taken the right decision. And now, you are reaping the benefits of your decision. Our economy has opened up decades ago and this has brought us umpteen number of avenues in various sectors like real estate, consumer durables, pharmaceutical etc. In spite of all the lucrative job offers from MNCs, we are still under perils of the uncertainty as we don’t have control over the forces that dictate the job market. In blogging, we don’t experience any such downtrend as this. This is what I have particularly pointed out in one of my blog post on taking up blogging as a career.

  4. subbareddy

    I think you are one of the idol person for bloggers .Shoutmeloud is bhagavathgeeta for me .

    I earned some 1000 Rs/- from my blog lastmonth . Hope my blog also be on swing

  5. suraj

    hello Harsh,
    really it inspired me a lot towards blogging. i thought blogging for part time only and didn’t know that this much we can do in blogging thank you so much for inspiring me this much.
    i will be thankful if i will success in blogging as i am trying my best. 🙂

  6. Kasim

    “I started blogging because of my interest. When I started Blogging, I didn’t even realize you can make money from Blog.”

    Are you serious about these lines? I mean if you took a decision to leave your JOB! and you didnt know that you are going to make money with blogging.. Then how the hell you were planning to get bread and butter? 😀 🙂

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Kasim
      When I started Blogging back in 2008, It was part time work for me and I was working with Convergys. This was back in oct-nov 2008. I worked at Convergys for few months and was blogging along with it. In this time, I learned about Blogging basics and ShoutMeLoud started making money for me. In July 2009, I got my joining date from Accenture and I declined that job for Professional Blogging.

  7. Shubhajit

    I have read this post first time when you have almost 20K followers in Facebook and cumulative many more in different social sites. When people read someone, he/she always keep relating with their own experiences and thus lose most of the sentimental quotient of the writer. Honestly, I read it closely only thinking about your new posts and the post you wrote 3 years back. I’m following shoutmeloud from last 2 months when I first read a news paper story in The Telegraph about blogging and other similar bloggers like you who excelled in tech blogs in India. Since then I follow your blog and find it very useful next to Labnol.org. You have certainly work very hard to reach there where you are not dependent (apparently) on others for your finance. Cheers!

  8. Harsh Rathi

    I am presently at the same stage when you wrote this article and who knows may be i too reach the skies because of my determination.

  9. Anil chauhan

    Wish you a very pleasant and prosperous journey ahead in your career as a professional blogger. 🙂

  10. John Bradshaw

    Just found your article and wanted to say wahat a pleasure it was to read. I am encouraged because I too quit my Proffessional sales career to persue my passion of Blogging and Online marketing. I am actually stating my own business called Penguin Social Media Marketing- There is a huge need for small business in my local area Lakeway/Austin Texas for a honest reliable, and knowlagble firm to help business with their online marketing presence.

  11. Atul Bansal

    I got emotional reading this.
    Now you think that you made a wise decision in leaving your job
    Your blog is proving you the required money
    All the best always dear 🙂

  12. AkashArora

    All the best Harsh Agrawal for your future 🙂 Really a very inspiring story for all those who wants to become Pro blogger.. Thanks for sharing

  13. Ankit Garg

    Just came across the article from your fb feed.
    I am new to blogging, and am going through the same dilemma of whether to take this thing professionally or not.
    But reading this makes me more determined. You are my hero Harsh.

  14. Naweed

    That’s excellent….You’re an inspiration for other bloggers. I think the reason success came to you is that you persevered. We all have to persevere!

    Thanks for this post and good luck!

  15. EchoBlogger

    You will surely go to new heights in your career !!

    All the best

  16. BLOGERCISE

    Good luck with it, I imagine it easier to do living somewhere with a lower cost of living? $2000 USD wouldn’t even cover my rent here in London 🙁

  17. Zeesu

    bold decision man.it tough to do both.i also started blogging recently.till now i dont see it as money making strategy rather as fun way to connect to world.
    .

  18. Atul

    gud luck man u are really rocking..

  19. Neko Auto

    Best of Luck Buddy
    and hey keep us updated about hows going on with ur blogging and online money making career, about ur decision to quit full time job. eager to hear about it frd.

  20. Kamal Hasa

    Welcome to the full-time blogging world my friend.. I only wish you a lot’s of success. I am starting to think that we full-time bloggers should have a forum of our own to discuss the measures and the different experiences we gather in the course blogging..

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