Long time readers of this blog know that I got started blogging with the topic that I love the most, basketball. I’ve been a complete basketball junkie since I was 5 years old and that easily translated into me writing my thoughts about the game mostly with NBA games and sometimes the local league here in the Philippines.
The blog I’m referring to goes with the name BasketballNonsense and it was nothing spectacular except that I put my heart and soul into managing it, building a community around it and of course writing content. I was a college student when I started and it really didn’t make any money. Maybe less than 500 dollars a year which as a student was pretty OK but clearly far from what I would consider as ideal.
Through the years, I evolved more into an online marketer that prioritizes things based on how much money it makes and ultimately I felt like I lost my passion since I didn’t have any more time to write, let alone manage it. So I eventually sold it for 300 dollars to a good guy which in turn hired me as a paid writer for the blog for 4 months. Unfortunately the blog wasn’t making any money so there’s little sense for him to continue paying someone to write if he’s not getting his return on investment.
Long story short, the blog became stale as he didn’t much have time to run it either (he’s a business man who’s also passionate with basketball). It got to a point where the domain just expired without anyone of us noticing it. And just like any domain that has some backlinks and pagerank, someone took it pretty fast and held it for years hoping someone buy it expensively from him (totally not wrong).
I kept my eyes on the domain since last year but it seems to be always renewed so my hopes weren’t high. It wasn’t until 2 weeks ago when I noticed that no one actually owns the domain anymore so I quickly moved ahead and nabbed it through Namecheap. After three years, BasketballNonsense.com is mine once more! 🙂
I accepted the fact that I have to start over writing some content until I learned and realized that even though the domain expired, I was still hosting it on my reseller account on Hostgator and that meant the files, database, everything is still intact on my server space. That made me super duper happy and at the same time I learned something new about retaining content when a domain expires.
As of this writing I’m working on the basics of the site which essentially is just making sure every page works, every contact form is correctly associated to my email and that everything is up to date (WordPress, plugins, etc.). No I don’t have any plan to monetize the blog anymore, and yes I do want to build a community around it just like the old days however I don’t have that much expectations. Between my 9-5 job, my SEO consulting, running my headphone review site, I am not sure how I would keep up but there’s one thing I’m 100% sure about. That is I made the right decision in getting myself involved again with basketball blogging through my first ever blog. And that’s a decision I’m very happy about. 🙂