In Tech Stories on TechnoVans, we would like to introduce you to Shruti Balasa, web development mentor, course creator, YouTuber, and Tech Speaker from India. In this interview, she talks about her Youtuber Journey, teaching experience, web development, and important tips for web developers and new YouTubers.
Interview with Shruti Balasa – Course Creator, Tech Speaker & Youtuber
Can you please tell our readers about yourself?
I am Shruti Balasa, a Web Development Mentor, Course creator, YouTuber, and Tech Speaker from Bangalore, India. I have 10 years of experience in this industry.
For 6 years as a full-stack web developer, I have developed and deployed about 200 websites and web apps. For the last two years, I am more focused on creating tutorials and courses to pass on my knowledge.
How will you introduce yourself in three words?
Woman in Tech
I love the way you explain tech concepts in very easy language, can you please tell us more about your journey as a YouTuber?
When I first started my YouTube channel Thirus, I had no idea it would grow to 4000 subscribers in less than one year. As a self-taught developer, there was so much from my experience that I wished to share. So I started with simple tips.
I noticed that most blog posts and videos include too much unnecessary technical jargon. This makes even the simplest concepts very complex to a newbie developer. This is why I try to explain every single concept in simple words using practical real-world examples. And my audience loves it!
How do you monetize your YouTube Videos, any tips for new YouTubers who are just starting?
The main objective of my Youtube channel is not monetization. Money is only a nice add-on. I love creating tutorials and helping people get unstuck during their journey. It’s also a way to showcase my knowledge and teaching skills.
Having said that, the YouTube monetization program requires a minimum of 1000 subscribers and 4000 watch hours in 365 days to start placing ads on your videos. I was able to achieve this within 10 months and the ads have just begun.
Apart from that, I am being approached by people who wish to advertise through my videos. I take up a sponsored ad only if I like the product/service and if it’s relevant content for my audience.
For those just starting out with YouTube, my advice is to find your niche and go deeper into one topic. And consistency is very important.
What’s the hardest part about teaching in person or through Courses/YouTube for you?
The hardest part is to find and include practical examples for teaching. I personally don’t fully understand a concept until I know the real-life application. So I cannot teach without one. This takes a lot of time and research, but it’s worth it.
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Which web development technology do you love most and why?
If you have watched my Youtube videos, you will know the answer 🙂 It’s Tailwind CSS. This framework has made my development very fast and I really enjoy building the front-end for my websites with it. It has also made me a better designer.
Looks like you are more into Front end development, but I also noticed that you talk about PHP sometimes. What’s the future of PHP according to you?
It’s only in the recent past that I have been into the front-end. I used to consider myself much stronger with the backend because I have developed a huge number of applications with just Core PHP.
It’s a language that’s easiest for beginners to start with for their backend, and at the same time, it has grown to become one of the best. Regardless of the “hate” PHP gets, it has silently dominated the web in the past and will continue to do so, especially with strong frameworks like Laravel.
What are the best achievements you are proud of as a techie?
In my 3rd year of graduation, I was the only one in my class of 60 students who got through the Microsoft selection process for a 3 months internship. I was one among only 120 students from the entire country.
As a self-taught web developer, I was able to build multiple full-stack apps for a huge number of clients single-handed.
In 10 months of starting a YouTube channel, I crossed 100,000 visits and 4000 subscribers.
I am able to inspire other women and set an example by building a strong career being a stay-at-home mom of a 3.5-year-old boy.
What are your thoughts about the TechnoVans.com platform?
TechnoVans is doing a great job of reaching out to diverse people and helping them share their stories with the world.
It’s giving a platform for thousands of people to inspire through their journeys. I hope it reaches more and more people in the future.
What are the TOP THREE career growth tips you would like to give for Web Developers?
- Be open to all kinds of opportunities early in your career. Experiment while you can still afford to.
- Work on your communication and networking skills. Read books, talk to people in your field, learn how to showcase your skills. You may be an expert at what you do, but if you cannot convey this well enough, you’ll never get the opportunity you deserve.
- Be honest and sincere in whatever you do, whether you like the job or not. This takes you a very very long way!
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