I may use big words at times, but I’m a really simple guy who loves to simplify complex stuff.
I completed my primary education at pyramids International School in 2010 and i’m receiving my degree in Computer Engineering from FAST Islamabad. Prior to becoming a professional blogger, I worked with MOON CREATIONS in Pakistan. One of the turning points in my life was his focus shifted to coding.turning down a job offer from ProPakistani.com in pursuit of my own journey as a professional blogger.
A Developer in a Normal Family
Belonging to a normal family, I had an inclination towards Programming. From the school days, I was interested in computers & development. I was also looking for flexibility to do a lot of things and hence medicine was ruled out. I opted for Computer Science ( software engineering) because that’s what students with good ranks were opting for.
Academically, things didn’t change much for me at college, where he was among the great programmer in his class at the end of the 2nd year. I recalls,
“When I got a computer, my interest was towards coding but not on the software installation side. I would be really curious to know what happens internally, what files are escalated or modified due to installation of a software in the system. Today also, I’m pretty much doing the same thing.” Sarmad Gardezi
I fondly remembers my final year of college when he worked on a project for NICR (Computer IT Firm) on Database Management System,
In 2013 with an above average academic performance and I joined Moon Creations Inc where i worked on Websites for 1 years.
I joined and my work was recognized by people in a short span of time. After one years, I was leading a team as Blogger in The Developers PK and my focus shifted to coding.
I usually say,
“One of the best outcomes of my job at Moon Creations was that I made good friends. At my work, I was putting a lot of efforts, including night-out coding sessions. It was a huge learning experience for me.” Sarmad Gardezi
At Moon Creations, I learnt a lot about how to deal with clients, teammates and people in general.
“I couldn’t have learnt this in the family business. What I’m doing today is all based on what I learnt during that time. In college, the focus was on theory, but with actual live projects, the much-needed practical knowhow came.” Sarmad Gardezi
I had was to start working as a freelancer. Blogging was extremely new in 2014 and it was a very different environment without social media and other online networking/social tools.
In 2015, Sarmad became professional blogger and founded sarmadgardezi.com. There’s no particular reason for choosing the name SG Blog (besides that it was unique (unlike his name). One of the most read blog aggregator in 2015, Desipundit picked a lot of content written by me and he got the much needed reach. I participated in blog camps across various cities and got noticed because of the uniqueness of being the only one blogging as a profession.
“Forty percent of my readers are based in USA and around 30 percent in Pakistan. Remaining 30 percent readers are spread across other geographies.” Sarmad Gardezi
I started making money after a year of incorporation. Today, there are multiple sources of revenue for which includes Google ad-Sense, contextual ad networks, direct ads through Blogads & IDG Technetworks.
A techie at heart and millions in pocket
I considers himself a technologist at heart who wants to create stuff. In my own words,
“Technology is my life, I’m always thinking about it, even when I’m taking a shower. It helps us in becoming more productive and knowledgeable.” Sarmad Gardezi
I always enjoyed building a tool/software ( Google Scripts ) to solve a problem. For him, it’s an added advantage to have a blog and the massive reach. He has worked on several projects in the last two years when his focus has shifted from writing to building as well. These include single page apps; tools enabling MP3, transcription on web browser, podcast gallery – podcast on Google drive, and any others. He has written multiple scripts/apps around Google doc/drive.
One of my friends was facing issues with tatkal booking because of the short window for booking tickets. I thought of making the required fields auto fill to solve his problem. When I released it for the public, travel agents across the country purchased it and it’s used extensively now.” Sarmad Gardezi
( Certified freelance Developer of Pakistan )
I found blogging to be a great medium for sharing my favorite things with the world. Initially, I started writing random stuff, but later on I discovered how to make money blogging. I discovered “The Way” to become my own boss through the power of the internet. This was when I started sharing those things that worked for me.
Blogging has given me so much more than money. It’s given me a sense of freedom that I didn’t know was possible. I currently live a “free” lifestyle where I travel around the world and blog from anywhere & everywhere.
I used to be an introvert, but now I speak in front of hundreds of people at events & seminars.
Last year in 2016 i was selected by an IT Firm Skill Development Council to Train round about 100 Girls to the Field of Freelancing. Through hard work and from my skills AlhumduAllah i trained them with great skills and now most of them are earning from home.
I’m sure you know how tough it is to get something from college once you have graduated. Getting the “Entrepreneurship Award” was one of the best things that has ever happened to me.
When I’m not on my computer, I love traveling & adventure sports. Don’t just take my word for it as this is digital world and I can show you a video.
I love to use twitter 🙂