Apr 28 2010
The last couple of months I’ve been on the road almost as much as I’ve been home. Some of it’s been local travel, like RSA in March. Some of it’s been cross country, like spending two weeks in New Jersey in February (during the snow storms, none the less). And I don’t see any slow down to the travel, with several cross-country trips for business and a week in Florida for the FIRST convention in June then Black Hat and Defcon in July/August. And there was even supposed to be some training in there somewhere, but it’s luckily been canceled.
I’ve fallen into a habit when I start a new job that I stop blogging for a while when I start a new job. Part of it’s just getting familiar with the job, part of it’s learning what I can and can’t get away with. But I’d say the largest part of it is just getting used to the demands of the job and how I can fit my blogging and podcasting into the requirements of the job and home life. Blogging is fun, blogging is my passion, but blogging doesn’t pay the bills! So I’ve learned to take the time to understand the demands of the job and make sure they’re met before I spend the time and energy required for blogging and podcasting.
This is not to say that I’m not continuing to do many of the things that got me into blogging to begin with. More and more I am getting the chance to see reports and papers from companies as they become public, and sometimes even before they do. A couple of weeks ago, I got to read John Kindervag’s papers on tokenization and end-to-end encryption. Right now I’m in the middle of reading the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report for the second half of 2009. And I have a few more papers in my in box waiting to be read when I have the time. Commentary on the reports will have to wait until I have the time and energy to write after a day of travel.
All in all, I’m almost to a point that I have figured out how to work and blog and podcast and still keep a modicum of sanity in my life. I still have some distance to go before I can get back in the habit of blogging daily, but I’m confident it will come again. It’s a bit counter to my other goal of longer, better thought out posts, but I’m hoping to figure out how to do both. In the mean time, I’ll blog when I can and feel bad about it when I can’t. I’m sure there’s at least a few other bloggers out there who are taking up the slack.