I want to use the endless possibilities of a self-hosted WordPress site. WordPress site lets me do what other hosted platforms don’t want to do (such as ads). Some other reasons I am blogging in WordPress are:
- I want to learn how to build WordPress sites again. Get into the ecosystem.
- I want to have a great publishing experience. WP editor is a pleasure to work with.
- I want to be able to sell this site if I ever wish to. WP is a transferable asset.
So now that you know the reasons for me to pick WP, let me tell you my process on getting back to it again:
Why I am back to blogging in this again?
This year in 2024, I want to start building online businesses. As I work on various ideas, I want to document my findings here on BlogKori.
Few days ago I went to visit a friend and a long time reader Rubel SBS. He told me the story of how he got a Payoneer card after reading my blog post. After he posted about this on his Facebook profile, a bunch of people chimed in the comments and shared how they also read my blog. This sparked a new interest in me to start writing on this dead blog.
আজ থেকে ১৩-১৪ বছর আগে উনার লেখা পরে Payoneer master card এপ্রুভাল পেয়েছিলাম।
ঐসময় ইউটিউব ছিলো না, ব্লগ কনটেন্ট পড়েই শিখতাম।
এতো বছর পর Tamal Anwar Chowdhury ভাইয়ের সাথে প্রথম দেখা হয়ে খুবই ভালো লাগলো। ভাই খুব পোলাইট একজন মানুষ।
উনিও আমার ব্লগিং জগতের একজন গুরু! উনার লেখা পড়ে ইন্সপায়ার হয়েছিলাম ❤️
13-14 years ago today, I got Payoneer master card approval after his writing.
At that time there was no YouTube, I used to learn by reading blog content.
It was great to meet Tamal Anwar Chowdhury for the first time after so many years. Brother is a very polite person.
He is also a guru of my blogging world! I was inspired by his writing
Thanks a lot Rubel! Your kind words of gratitude made me wanna write again.Rubel SBS on Facebook post
From Hashnode to WordPress
This blog was previously on a self-hosted WordPress site, then earlier this year I moved all the posts to Hashnode.
Although I could continue blogging on the Hashnode platform but I didn’t for few reasons:
- My blog is on Hashnode, and I don’t know if I can fully monetize it. I have to abide by their terms of condition.
- Hashnode is mainly a developer’s platform. I am blogging for the digital marketers now.
- Writing experience on WP is better than Hashnode. Hashnode is good for writing technical articles in Markdown syntax.
- Hashnode lacks themes. They have a set of themes. Compare that to WordPress, I have unlimited possibilities on what my blog will look like.
The domain name blogkori.com was on CloudFlare registrar, the cheapest domain rates right now. Unfortunaly, cloudflare does not allow you to change name servers. That means if you have a hosting account in BlueHost or others, you won’t be able to add the bluehost nameservers. I tried adding NS records but it didn’t work.
So the solution was to transfer my domain again to namecheap. BlogKori.com domain name was originally registered on NameCheap. A fellow patreon, Mushfiq from Gamers World Bangladesh was generous enough to register the domain name for me in 2008.
I transferred the domain name again to namecheap and this time set the new hosting nameservers.
My hosting account already had a WordPress site setup so all I did was to change the themes and do some cleanup.
I drafted all my old blog posts
Since 2008, I have published more than 300 blog posts. Most of these posts are junk and irrelevant today. So few years ago I deleted, updated, and merged a lot of them. I was left with 30 or so posts. I set most of my old posts as draft in WordPress, because I don’t know what to do with them.
Now in this 2024 reboot, I am doing a fresh start.
If I write words, I will make sure it’s valuable to my readers. You.
The very first design of BlogKori
I re-created the very first banner design in Figma:
I picked up the reference logo from an old Twitter account and found that old font “Ekushey Chandrabati” and recreated that first banner.
If you are one of my very few early readers, then you should remember this logo.
This is the only place you will see a Bengali text (for now). I will write this blog in English and occasionally I may post Bangla videos.
The blog tagline is simple: digital business experiments of Tamal Anwar Chowdhury. I am going to make some new online biz experiments and share what I find. BlogKori is my project in 2024, and I want to build some passive income streams using the internet.
So who am I writing for?
As I am now living in Bangladesh, I am writing this blog for mostly Bangladeshi people. But if you can read English, then I welcome you to join this journey. I will look at my analytics and see where are you coming from.
But regardless of your nationality, this blog is aimed mostly at digital marketers, online entrepreneurs, and or side-hustlers. The world of business is huge and I will cover topics as I learn them. Think of this as some guy’s journey to financial freedom. This blog is the digital biz experiments of Tamal Anwar Chowdhury, so if you care about one man’s experiences, then go for it.
What should you expect from this blog?
You should expect blog posts from time to time. As I publish a new post, I will share the link to my Facebook profile. I am documenting my journey of my projects. BlogKori is my first project, so I will post the process of setting things up on this blog, and how it went. Expect words, my thought process, results, and screenshots.
Previously, my blog was a guide on “how to blog”, but now it’s not. This blog is going to document my journey, and it will act as a means to educate, entertain, and inspire you.
As I type out this article on the WP editor, it’s been 58 minutes since I started writing. It takes me roughly an hour to draft an article. In the next posts, I wish to say more with fewer words. So don’t expect me to write 1,000+ word long posts. I will write as much as it’s needed.
Bye for now and leave your comments below.
Hey digital marketer, I know you are building backlinks for your project by dropping a link in the comments. But instead of dropping a copy-pasted drive-by-comment, appreciate my writing by sharing your opinion. Introduce yourself so I can know who you are.