Today, Feb. 14th, has turned out to be a great day for me! I received an email early morning, which stated: PC’s Electronic Components Blog is featured on the list of 100 Top Resources for Electrical Engineers that we published on ElectricalEngineeringSchools.org, USA!
Wow! This happens to be my sixth world title in a row!! The picture of the award badge is given alongside!!!
I am so very happy that my blog on electronic components has bagged an award! I had started my career writing about electronic components for Asian Sources Media, now Global Sources, in Hong Kong.
Back in those days – 1994-1995, there used to be some presence of electronic components made by local manufacturers, especially in Naraina Industrial Area, New Delhi. I still remember, very clearly, doing the rounds of Naraina, along with my friend, Dolly! Back then, most of the components were made for colour TV sets, and a few makers had just started making components for cellular phones.
Today, there are big-sized, very large representatives of electronic components in India.
I recall one of my earlier stories was on DIP switches. There used to be slide and rocker types of DIP switches. I wonder whether they are still used today! Maybe, they are, in some electronic devices! I also recall there used to be some demand for TV antennae at that time, as well as for cell phone antennae! How time has flown by since!!
May I take this opportunity and offer sincere thanks to all of my readers, well wishers, friends and acquaintances I have made over the years for their continuous love and support! Without you, no award is ever possible!
I’d like to conclude by taking the names of two gentlemen, who have spurred me on to write blogs on components, electronics and semiconductors, as well as telecom. They happen to be Alfred Cheng. country manager, Hong Kong, Global Sources, and Spenser Au, former publisher, CTG and now, CEO, Global Sources, Hong Kong, who made me work on the Telecom specs tables.
A word is also due for Raj Gopinath, my editor-in-chief at Asian Sources, and Daniel Tam, who replaced Spenser, back in 1999, as publisher of CTG. Special mention needs to be made of Claudius Chan, who I consider as a ‘guru’ of electronic components. Whatever I am today is largely due to my time spent at Global Sources! Thanks a lot, my dear friends!!
Alfred just sent me a mail saying: Hi Pradeep, How many more prizes would you like to win, my friend? I wish I could write as good as, maybe 50 percent as good as you do since we used to work together in the electronics industry. Thanks a lot, my friend!
PC’s Electronic Components Blog has been nominated for inclusion on the list of 99 Top Resources for Electrical Engineers that will be published on ElectricalEngineeringSchools.org, USA’s website.
According to the nomination, ‘My site can be a great resource for people just starting to learn about electrical engineering.’
Wow! That’s great!! Should I win, it will be my sixth global title in a row!!!
What can I say? I am simply overwhelmed by the responses and the many congratulatory notes!
All I have been doing since my return from the overseas in 2007 has been to blog on semiconductors, especially, electronics, telecom, electronic components and solar PV! And look, where all of these has taken me! What had started initially as a mere single Pradeep Chakraborty’s Blog for my colleagues overseas has since grown far and wide!
Even if I don’t bag the award this time, it is great to be nominated among the best in the world. Thanks are due to all of my friends, well wishers and readers of my blogs all over the world! I hope to carry on bringing you relevant stuff! Au revoir!
My dear friends, this is a great day for me! Rohit Basa, manager – Business Development (North America), ProcSys, who is currently in the USA, just responded to an email I’d sent out inviting him for Durga Puja celebrations in town!
In his mail, Rohit very kindly informed me that my old blog address — http://pradeepchakraborty.blogspot.com — is again available for fresh registration. His message to me was crystal clear: “Book it before anyone else does and direct a link to your new website. I’m a great fan of yours, your blog and articles.”
Indeed! I was overjoyed when I re-registered the same old blog address, and got it back! I even brought back the same old look!! Well, at least, most of it!!!
The sheer pain of losing my original blog and blog address last August is something extremely difficult for me to get over! The effort I’d put in to develop that blog had been immense, and the loss was really shattering, to say the least! In fact, I even used to constantly check Blogger to find out whether the old blog address was still available.
While the pain has eased a bit on getting back my old blog address, I know very well that I simply cannot bring back the original traffic that it used to have. I moved my old blog to WordPress since that day it was taken off Blogger. The blog’s doing very well on WordPress. Still, the loss of my original Blogspot blog last year has haunted me every single day!
Thanks a ton, Rohit! I am so very touched and will remain forever obliged to you!!
I chose Sagar Desai of Symantec, from the US, a very close friend, as the next one to be informed that I’d got back my old blog address. Sagar stood by me in my darkest hour — when my old blog was injected with malware and later removed by Google in the middle of August, last year.
In fact, Sagar had commented just a while ago, on seeing my Durga Puja invite — “Did not know this cultural side of yours. Good to know that your life is just not semiconductors! ;)”
I’d then asked him whether I’d got typecast. His reply was — “That’s probably more to do with the way you brand yourself. Image set ho gaya hai! You need to break the stereotype.”
It is so very nice and touching to hear such remarks from a close friend! It shows that he cares, a lot! Perhaps, I am getting typecast as a semicon blogger.
Guess what! The other day, I was at a National Instruments event. A journalist friend and an ex-colleague, actually, found some new names for me. One was ‘Semicon Bong’ — since I’m a Bengali, and the other was ‘Semicon Bomb’! Ok, whatever that last one means.
Well, now I simply can’t wait to inform Usha Prasad, my associate and buddy, that I’ve managed to get back my old blogspot address. Usha stood by me during that time and has steadfastly been by my side since that time. I just can’t wait to see her reaction when she hears this news! She’s fast asleep now.. come morning, and this is the first thing I’m going to tell her!
Finally, many, many thanks to all of those friends who’ve stood by me all this time!
And, a very special thanks again from the bottom of my heart to Rohit! You really made my day, sorry, my year, buddy!
Here’s wishing everyone a very happy Durga Puja and Dusshera!
Wow! It has happened again! What a relief!! I am overwhelmed!!!
For those who are unaware, during the middle of August, my original blog — http://pradeepchakraborty.blogspot.com — was suddenly found to be containing malware, and then, without any information, Google removed my blog. That was really devastating!
Not knowing what to do, I quickly rolled out a fresh blog – http://pradeep-chakraborty.blogspot.com — only to find out two days later that it also had malware, and subsequently, Google blocked it too!
Despite mails and requests, nothing happened, and none of the two blogs were returned!
If this alone wasn’t enough, five of my other blogs — on telecom, semiconductors, components, solar and electronics — were marked as spam blogs! All of this, within a space of one week, as though someone, somewhere was out to get me! Rather, remove me from cyberspace, so it seemed!
It was only then, that I moved everything to WordPress — and hence, http://pradeepchakraborty.wordpress.com really came into being. It had been around since 2007, but I only re-activated it when I was literally forced to move my blogspot posts to wordpress.
Not only did I lose traffic, there were lots of emails and messages from folks who were followers of my earlier blog!
Today afternoon, after returning from meetings, I get a mail from Computer Weekly, UK, with this message:
Congratulations, you’ve been nominated for an Award! You are now entered for a Computer Weekly Blog Award, under the category of IT Consultant and Analyst.
I was also pointed to a link: http://epidm.edgesuite.net/RBI/computerweekly/CWAWA/nomin_notification20091006.html
This is just the first stage on your way to winning. The awards will be judged by readers of Computer Weekly and users of ComputerWeekly.com, so start building up support right now – brag about your nomination on your site by downloading a Blog Awards badge onto your homepage.
I tried adding the badge to WordPress, but for some reason it does not appear. So, I’ve added a jpeg image above.
Computerweekly.com also left this message for me: Check out Computer Weekly and ComputerWeekly.com on 27th October to see if you’ve been shortlisted. Voting for shortlisted entries will open on 27th October.
Save the date!
All shortlisted bloggers and tweeters will be invited to our Awards evening on 25th November 2009 at London’s exclusive Shoreditch House. More details to follow in your shortlisted announcement.
Irrespective of my blog getting shortlisted and whether I win this time or not, it is a relief to know that folks still like my blog.
Friends, August 2009 was a testing month with my blogs either getting knocked out or blocked. Three great friends, particularly, Usha Prasad, Sagar Desai and Jo Kuo, along with my family, stood right by me at all times during those testing times!
Scott Weitzman left a lovely message, Poornima Shenoy gave me good advice, Sandesh Advani kept his faith me, as did Intel. Rahuldev Rajguru decided to wait and maintained his faith, as did Meghna Bhutoria, and lately, LK Pathak. The semiconductor and the solar/PV industry stood by me, steadfastly, all this while!
There were good wishes from several others — the list is so long that they can’t be all accommodated here.
My other blog — http://pradeep-chakraborty.blogspot.com — was also eventually returned by Google, without the malware warning, this month.
All I can say is: thanks a lot, my dear friends and dear readers. Whether I get shortlisted or win — these things hardly matter! What matters to me is: I shall always have folks such as you to lean on during tough times. Thanks a lot, everyone.
Finally, thanks a lot for selecting my blog, Computer Weekly.
The Bangalore, India, arm of Text 100, a well known PR firm, sent me a presentation this Friday, which is about a global bloggers survey! This survey received inputs from 449 technology, news and lifestyle bloggers across 21 countries.
On receiving it, I wondered why I was never part of this list? This puzzled me a lot since the Text 100 India team is always speaking with me at least once a week for something or the other! Perhaps, I am a blogger from India and not so important! Never mind! The folks at Text 100 India will always remain my good friends!
The survey results however, are quite predictable and hardly surprising! There’s nothing new in it and that’s disappointing! For those interested, the results are:
1. Growing influence of bloggers — Corporations are increasingly recognising the influence of bloggers.
As though this point needed any acknowledgement or a survey! TechCrunch, Engadget, etc., don’t need any introduction! There are several other bloggers of repute and their words definitely count!
2. Social media releases — Corporate news releases are out: Social Media Releases will experience far greater usage!
I wonder if the second point is true! Given the mountain of releases I receive, I don’t really know what to make it! To accommodate those, I spun off several other blogs. Bear in mind that PR companies think nothing of this effort! If you talk about charging for hosting releases, they shy away! In fact, I was most amused when a PR firm recently called me up to inquire about my blog’s traffic, saying it needed that figure for ‘internal usage.’ Wonder what that means!!
3. RSS is key — If your company is not making their information available via RSS feeds, you are missing opportunities.
Again, this one seems a bit like — too much, too late! RSS has been around for quite a while now! If people don’t bother to use them suitably, who is to blame? Whether PR folks use RSS at all is something I won’t know.
4. Part-time bloggers: The majority of bloggers are still part-timers — adjust your strategies accordingly!
Quite accurate and already known! Only the very brave give up full-time jobs to blog, with or without any financial or other support!!
5. Cultural differences — Despite being global, there are still cultural differences to be respected.
Even the rest of the findings are ordinary. For instance, computers, technology and the Internet are the subjects most blogged by surveyed bloggers. The preferred content is news and reviews of new products, opinionated comments on their blogs, and interviews with key people. Corporate news announcements are of least interest.
What the survey doesn’t mention!
What the survey hasn’t mentioned or spoken about is how can PR firms help bloggers make some financial gains out of blogging! Nor is there any mention of any such methods that could be adopted by bloggers and PR firms.
The absence of this critical piece of information renders this survey ordinary! If it were a part of the survey, bloggers would have really appreciated the effort. Sadly, it completely misses or overlooks this extremely critical point!
Several bloggers, including yours truly, offer a variety of services, to make some financial gains. Even this aspect is completely missing from the survey!
It would have been good to cover this aspect as it would educate everyone about the kind of services offered by bloggers. In fact, it would inspire more people to take up blogging as a career — another aspect given a complete miss by the survey!
Need to answer basic questions
There are basic questions that need to be answered, such as:
1. Why should anyone choose blogging as a career?
2. How can he or she make money by blogging?
3. What are the services he or she can offer via the blog?
4. What kinds of services are being made available by bloggers?
5. Should bloggers get advertising? What types? To what extent and duration?
6. What would be the advertising charges? Would it be different from print media or the Web portals?
7. How can PR firms work better with bloggers?
8. How can PR firms develop a win-win situation and help bloggers gain financially?
9. Should bloggers charge a fee for queries received from elsewhere?
10. How good or popular are sponsored posts? Are PR firms doing anything to boost this and help bloggers?
11. There are so many blogs (including mine) on Blogger and WordPress. Is it still a blog or a web site — especially when PR firms look for online coverage?
12. Which blogging platform is more preferable?
Am sure there are several bloggers out there with a whole lot of other questions I may have missed!
One other point carried in the survey is a comment from a blogger in Ireland, which says: “Press releases don’t work for bloggers, we are not journalists, we don’t need to copy and paste nonsense we get sent. Plus, the big issue with coverage on a blog is being first. If you are sending the same release to the press, why would I want to blog about it? I am not unique then and am the same as a paper.”
The headline — Don’t bombard bloggers with press releases — could actually work very well in favour of the PR companies IF the PR folks worked out various strategies and ways of helping bloggers. They seriously need strategies, where currently, none seem to exist!
On the other hand, this survey also tells me — perhaps, I should close down all of my other blogs — which I recently started to host all of those press releases that I get bombarded with — a point mentioned by some other well wishers as well!
What do you think friends? Should I?
Welcome to PC’s Telecom Blog (http://pctelecoms.blogspot.com)!
Hi friends, I’ve been thinking about adding a telecom blog to my network for a very long time! The reason being, I started my career in electronics and telecom back in 1989.
I had the privilege of being part of Asian Sources Telecom Products — a site, which I managed and built, with the help of my team and colleagues at Asian Sources Media, and later, Global Sources. Later, I moved on to Wireless Week, USA, as Asia Pacific Editor for the Asian Edition.
Back in India, I managed Convergence Plus for a short while, before launching four sites for CIOL in 2004 — Mobility, Networking, Storage and Security.
Given this background in telecommunications, it is apt for me to start a blog on this subject as well. Telecom has been my forte, and well, it is a subject that has also won me four awards in technology journalism, while at Global Sources.
Again, this blog has been spun out off my award winning blog! That blog remains unchanged, and will continue to carry top-quality, world class content!
This blogs will now include specific blog posts related to telecommunications, as well as press releases, industry updates, new products, features, statistics, etc. It will cover wireless, wireline, broadband, networking, optical networking, Test & Measurement, etc.
Thanks for your kind support as always. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome!
Ever since I started writing this blog, I’ve always managed to maintain my affinity toward semiconductors. Publishing and maintaining a semicon blog, especially out of India, is difficult and extremely challenging, and well, suitably rewarding.
Several readers, well wishers and friends suggested that I also start taking in press releases, besides writing my own content! Their logic — who else can do it better! Wow… I’m really overwhelmed!
So, as always, I have listened to my friends — my readers and well wishers — and bow to their request!
Separate blogs on semicon and solar PV
This is just to inform everyone — readers, friends and well wishers — that I’ve rolled out two separate blogs on semiconductors and solar photovoltaics (solar/PV).
1. PC’s Semiconductors Blog
2. PC’s Solar Photovoltaics Blog
These blogs have been spun out off this very blog, my award winning blog!
Let me make it clear that Pradeep Chakraborty’s Blog — which only has original content, barring a few odd posts, will remain unchanged in quality and nature! It will continue to carry top-quality, world class content! In fact, I will now have to work doubly hard, as I’ve to try and keep up with all of those press releases
For now, these two new blogs include specific blog posts related to either semiconductors or solar/PV from my award winning blog, and other specific blog posts, as well as press releases, industry updates, statistics, etc. I will also add new product announcements, mergers and acquisitions, etc., as and when those happen — on to both of these blogs.
I am very grateful to my friends for this wonderful suggestion. As and when I roll out my technology portal, I will be having a readymade platform — of articles and releases to fall back on, and to grow it even further.
I would have loved to announce a further three additional blogs on FPGAs, embedded design and EDA as well. That may happen at a later date. Oh yes, an extra one on chip design trends.
You know what? I have a tremendous liking for telecom — a major weakness, as well as electronic components, electronics and photonics. Maybe, blogs on these are also in order, well, hopefully, sometime soon!
Thanks for your kind support, dear friends, readers, well wishers and all of those who simply give me a wealth of advice, as always. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome! You all know where and how to reach me!
Rolled out Telecoms Blog
PS: Dated April 25th, 2009 — My friends, I have rolled out a Telecoms Blog after all! Couldn’t resist staying away from an industry, which has played such a big role in my development as a technology writer, journalist and blogger.
I look forward to your warm support, as always.
Rolled out Electronics Blog
Urgent PS: Dated April 26, 2009 — Friends, I have also rolled out a brand new Electronics Blog! This is the area where I first started off as a technology journalist, and later, bloomed, while I was at Global Sources (2005-2006).
I will also try and include as many products and suppliers from the Greater China region, and help you source quality electronics products.
Thanks and look forward to your support as always.
Wow! I am overwhelmed!
This morning, when I stepped into the office, I’d no clue what lay ahead. This blog had been recently nominated in Electronics Weekly.com’s first ever Electronics Blog Awards 2008, under the Electronic Hardware category.
My blog was declared the winner in this category (http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/2008/12/02/45060/electronicsweekly.com-blog-awards-08-the-winners.htm)!.
All of the other bloggers in the list are equally worthy, and they are all winners. My heartiest congratulations to all of my fellow nominees. I haven’t even met anyone of you, ever! Hope I can, some time soon.
I’ve always maintained that love writing (or blogging) about things that are close to my heart. Semicon and telecom are prime in that category, two topics that I am really very fond of.
My blog — well, it all started as a regular affair. There are a whole lot of great bloggers out there, who also write on similar topics. I was and am just one among those. Nor was and am I ever looking for traffic, etc., as it is my contention that people will only stop by and read your blog post or article IF there’s something of interest to them. So, I was my only reader I thought!
I didn’t even realize that so many people would be reading my blog posts. Well, things changed somewhere, I don’t know how. Wish I could thank everyone personally!
Thanks, dear friends, for stopping by my blog occasionally. I just don’t have words to express myself.
All I can say is a big thank you to Electronics Weekly for picking up my blog. Thanks to the person who nominated my blog, as I’ve no idea who nominated it. Thanks also to Google for creating the Blogspot platform so that people like me can blog. Many thanks to all of those friends, well wishers and readers who voted for me. Hope you all find my blog useful.
Dear friends and readers, please keep those suggestions coming so I can strive to improve myself even further over time.
P.S. A former colleague and close friend, Debashish Choudhury, has also added a link on Global SMT site. Thanks Debu for the honor!
Cybermedia/CIOL, very kindly, posted a news release announcing my victory. Many thanks for to CIOL and Cybermedia.
Later, in the evening, Pradeep Gupta, CyberMedia’s managing director, sent out an email to the entire company, announcing my win. Thanks a lot for this very nice and touching gesture, Sir.
Finally, Electronics Weekly sent a mail to me saying: “You were the clear winner in your category, so congratulations! If I may, I’ll send you a ‘Blog Awards, Winner’ badge for your blog, to commemorate the victory!” Thanks to Electronics Weekly again!
It was indeed a pleasant surprise to receive an email from Electronics Weekly, yesterday evening, informing me that my blog was recently shortlisted/nominated in the 2008 ElectronicsWeekly.com Blog Awards by a reader of ElectronicsWeekly.com!
All of the nominated blogs have apparently been considered by the panel of judges at ElectronicsWeekly.com. The email said, “I am delighted to inform you that you have made the shortlist in the Best Electronics Hardware Blog category.”
The list can be seen on Electronics Weekly’s (www.electronicsweekly.com) website!
Wow! I must add that here that there are such great blogs and bloggers in that list that I went dizzy for a few minutes!
I never expected my blog to reach this kind of appeal or level! Nor do I think I have that kind of traffic, as this blog has more to do with serious stuff, rather than talk about gadgets, etc. In fact, somebody once told me last year that no one would bother about a blog on semicon and electronics, nor would I get any traffic!
Well, all of this has never bothered me. I’m here to blog about what I feel is close to my heart! If folks happen to stop by, I am extremely grateful to all of them!
Irrespective of whether I win this award, it is just the right time to thank all of you, dear readers of my blog! Thanks to all of you for choosing to stop by my blog occasionally! I sincerely hope you find the content interesting and appealing enough.
There’s lots happening in the semiconductor, electronics and telecom industries, and hope that I am able to add my views on all of those in the coming months.
Thanks again, my dear readers. Please keep those suggestions coming. I will try to live up to your expectations. Have a great Halloween, everyone!