Meet another one of our authors, Aditya Khanduri! Aditya currently handles product and growth at Cryptio.co, and he’s also built a couple of B2B products. He’s proficient in data analysis with Python and has worked with multiple startups in the blockchain and artificial intelligence sector.
In this post, Aditya shares advice on how to seamlessly switch careers, how you too can improve your writing, and how to follow your passions. Check it out below!
HS: Tell me a little bit about your background and how you started in the tech industry.
Aditya: My background is a bit all over the place. I was always interested in science and technology as a kid. My earliest serious childhood ambition was to become an inventor. So when I had to choose my undergraduate degree, I went with electronics engineering. To make my life even more challenging, I decided to do a dual degree. So I also completed a master’s in biological science in 5 years. I’m an aspiring polymath, and my varied interests lead me in different directions sometimes.
During college, I started to code a bit. First, I got some basics in C++. Then, I started some web development. But I soon switched to learning Python because I realized I’m more interested in building a product or working on an idea as compared to just the process of coding. I was more interested in bringing an idea to life. Thus, Python was great for that as it’s pretty easy and powerful. But I don’t want to start a war between language factions. I built a B2B Facebook groups scrapping tool that identified freelance leads. I also worked on crypto trading bots on Python. But I was getting very interested in the growth and branding aspect of an ‘idea’.
So I started my career in a tech AI startup but as a product marketing manager. Currently, I work with a blockchain startup in the product and growth role as well.
HS: When and why did you start writing for Hit Subscribe?
Aditya: I started writing for Hit Subscribe in December 2019. I had been looking to improve my writing and content marketing skills. Thus, I was searching for good opportunities. Writing on the internet is a superpower these days. As the meme goes, it’s free real estate. Your ideas and pieces of work stay as assets. And you reap rewards by building credibility and getting the attention of your readers. So it’s something I want to get really good at. Hit Subscribe fits my goals really well as I get to write about technology, something I have a good idea about. So I decided to focus on working with Hit Subscribe.
HS: How do you see writing? As a hobby, side-hustle, or passion?
Aditya: It has always been a passion, and is now becoming a significant side hustle. I used to write product blogs and articles for the startups I worked at. I started my blog Polygyan, where I wrote on diverse topics such as history, literature, physics, economics, etc. Over the last few months, I’ve been doing more content work for tech startups. I realized I have a valuable combo because I understand the technological aspects and I can write well. So I’m planning to write regularly on emerging technologies on adityakhanduri.com and also do more freelance content creation for tech startups.
HS: How has your writing changed since you started writing for Hit Subscribe?
Aditya: My writing has definitely improved since I started with Hit Subscribe. I now know that I used to form really long complicated sentences. I also used a lot of passive voice. Moreover, I think now I have a bit more structure to my writing. For example, now I use transitions to create a more natural flow between different sections. Another advantage is that I get to write on a variety of topics for different target audiences. This has helped me increase my style and scope of writing.
HS: What advice do you have for those just starting out in the tech world?
Aditya: I think the tech world probably seems complicated and intimidating from the outside. Especially to someone just starting off. A lot of tasks and jobs also seem impossible and daunting when you first approach them. But there are tons of resources online, languages and tools are getting simpler, and the tech community is extremely helpful. Plus everyone is just figuring things out themselves. So I would suggest experimenting a lot and not being afraid to try new things. And when you hit a wall, leverage the community and resources.
HS: What advice do you have for software developers looking to improve their writing skills?
Aditya: I think the most important thing is to write as much as possible. It seems really tough in the beginning, and we get really critical of our work. But you have to get through the mental block and start writing regularly. It isn’t about how great your writing is, at least in the beginning. Once you start getting comfortable writing out what’s on your mind, improving your writing becomes much simpler. As with any other skill, practice is important.
Another insight that helped me was to always remember who my reader is. Different pieces will have different goals, and knowing who you are writing for, and why, will help you structure your work. It’ll also help you get specific. Writing for a targeted audience gives you a better opportunity to do well in that niche instead of writing a generic article targeted to everyone.
HS: Why do you think it is important for software developers to improve their writing skills?
Aditya: I think there are a lot of benefits. The first is that writing helps you think better. A lot of us struggle to persuasively put down our ideas. Writing them down forces you to properly lay them out in detail. Knowing how to communicate your ideas to others is a great skill to have. It’ll help you collaborate better and get your point across effectively.
The other reason is that it helps build your credibility. If you have a few articles online on a topic you’re passionate about, it adds to your resume. You’ll also attract like-minded people who may bring new job and business opportunities. And once you put something online, it stays there and brings new readership without any continuous input from you. There are massive upsides and no real downsides to improving your writing skills.
Thanks to Aditya for allowing us to feature him on the blog today! If you’re interested in having him write for your tech blog, you know where to find us. Or if you’re an author and want to enjoy some of the same benefits of writing that Aditya has, apply to be one of our writers!