Here is a medium that allows anyone, from anywhere to chime in on a topic and be heard. Maybe some people are heard more than others but the medium is generally pretty neutral. What's more, tools like Twitter make it easy to quickly jump into a conversation and jump out again so you can go about your busy day.
However, it is the brevity of the Twitter format that often annoys me. Yes, that platform is convenient because of the 140-character format, but it is also inconvenient because of the 140-character format.
To readers of this blog, it is no secret that the Wi-Fi industry loves social media. There are tons of great blogs, YouTube channels, and Twitter streams just ripe for the birth of interesting conversation. I've had the great fortune of participating, contributing, and learning from some of the smartest people I've known via these tools. I hope to continue to do that.
Now, recently I shared my belief that wireless throughput testing and stress testing was not a worthwhile topic for a blogger. While I stand by my belief, it seems that the 140-character nature of Twitter has led some to misinterpret my statement. Let's us clarify things a little in this much more character-friendly platform called a blog.
Reasons Why I Believe Throughput/Stress Test Are Not Worthwhile Topics For Bloggers
There are several reasons, and I will list them in no specific order:
- Currently, throughput/stress tests are a loaded subject. While it is good to occasionally court controversy and push-the-envelope, this particular topic takes a lot of time investment to do properly. Some bloggers might have the time available; I don't.
- The general concensus is that stress tests in the 'real' target environment are far more relevant. This I agree with 100%. The problem is, as an independent blogger doing this in my spare time, I don't have the technical and financial resources to ever do this. I took a quick look in my closet and, as I feared, I didn't find 30 tablets that I forgot I owned.
- Throughput test publications always lead to the same conversation. As a blogger, I try to create content that helps me learn, helps the community learn, or that fosters new conversations. This conversation has been beaten to death.
Poor Reasons Not to Post Content
Anyone who hosts a blog, or joins Twitter conversations should expect that people are not always going to agree with them. This is perfectly fine as long as it is in a professional manner. My fear, is that people took my comment to mean: "Don't post content because people will disagree with you." To be clear, this is not even remotely close to the meaning of my comment. In fact, I would say that any blogger who is never disagreed with is simply not pushing the boundaries enough; at least from a technical blogging perspective.
On a personal note, I count on people disagreeing with me and correcting me. My entire wireless learning community is online since there no mentors or wireless junkies that I have been able to get connected with in my region. I'm sure there must be some but damned if I know where they are hiding. Until I find these people, I am forced to read textbooks, test gear in my lab, and send my questions into social media tools in hopes of learning more. With this in mind, it is actually an understatement to say that I am 'okay' with disagreement; I absolutely require it if I hope to keep up and grow with this industry.