Or Why And How I Started My Own Blog
It seems almost mandatory that my first post serve to explain why I decided to start my own blog in the first place. Well, for years now this is something that has always been in the back of mind because of both professional and personal motivations. I’ve always believed that trying to articulate ideas in a way that could be easily understood by others serves not only to gather our thoughts and bring order to the analytical process, but it is also an indicator of how deep our understanding of a certain subject is. After all, if we can’t explain something in the simplest of terms then that means we don’t know it as well as we thought we did. So blogging was in order, but somehow I always found it to be a daunting task.
The apparent predicament
I’m an explorer okay, I get curious about everything and I want to investigate all kinds of stuff
For one, I’ve never been good at putting my thoughts in writing. It almost seems like my mind goes in all sorts of directions and way too fast for my hands to catch up. It’s like Richard Feynman once said: “I get curious about everything and I want to investigate all kinds of stuff”. So, “what exactly would the blog be about?” I figured that the final product would end up being as hectic as my train of thought usually is.
Then there was the time issue. “Will I be able to regularly post new material? How do I make the time?” I asked myself. Nobody wants to start something just to have another incomplete project to deal with. Needless to say, it seemed like it would never happen. But maybe, just maybe what I needed was a little push in the right direction.
The incidental unravelment
Then came the day when I decided to join Twitter, not so long ago. I’ve always been wary of social networks but I’m glad I joined. There I’ve had the privilege of interacting with very interesting and knowledgeable people (most of whom you’ll find in the “Recommended” section of this blog) who not only are bloggers themselves but that have also motivated others to do the same. As it turns out, all I needed was a little encouragement.
It was clearer to me what was it that I wanted to achieve. There are things that I know about, others that I want to investigate further, and then there are those that I haven’t discovered yet. And I want to explore and learn about all those things not only by investigating them but also through spurring interesting, meaningful discussions. So that which once seemed like an impediment now became my main motivation and catalyst. And so the journey began and Carrier Waves blog was born.
“What’s in a name?”
First a little background. I’ve always been a math and physics enthusiast. Not that I know as much about those fields as I so vehemently desire, but I know just enough to keep me enthusiastic. So it is no surprise that wireless networking and RF for that matter caught my interest early on in my career. But even-though I would have liked that to be my sole or at least main professional path, life took me in a slightly different direction. Still, when people ask me what is it that I do for a living I tell them I’m an IT consultant by profession and a Wireless engineer at heart.
OK, now that you know I’m a WiFi geek let’s go back to the blog’s name. A carrier wave is an electromagnetic wave that has been modified (modulated) in such a way that it can transmit (carry) information. So, to me the term conveyed clearly the main purpose of this blog: to shape information and ideas in such a way to elicit an intellectual reaction that would ultimately result in the collective widening of knowledge. Also, it is only logical that I chose to name my blog with something related to WiFi.
If we don’t find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
I’m excited to see how this new undertaking plays out. You are invited to join the conversation and share your views and ideas. To those who motivated me and served as inspiration, my sincerest gratitudes. I hope we can all find pleasant things in this blog or at the very least something new.