Jan 30 2011

Writing myself out of time (and energy) to blog

Published by at 3:25 pm under Blogging,Podcast

One of the main reasons I started blogging way back when was because I had ideas I wanted to express and an excess of time to think about them.  Boy, those were the days, when it wasn’t uncommon to have two or three breaks during the day when I could not only read some of the interesting articles and make a comment or two.  I could whip out a post in 15 minutes or less because I’d done most of the planning for the writing in some other down time I’d had earlier in the day.  I wish I’d been able to save some of that down time, because I could use it now.  Oh, yes I could.

We all have those days where the currents of your work load all gang up to overwhelm you at once.  That’s pretty much been the whole year so far for me.  Add on to that a regular podcast, gearing up for interviews at RSA, preparing a talk with Mike Dahn on PCI and Cloud Computing, plus preparing for travel the week after RSA.  And then there’s another project that’s just ramping up.  I have high hopes for this one, but I’ll have to keep quiet on it for a little while.  And speaking at Source Boston in April.

One of the reasons I haven’t been writing much on the blog lately is that I’ve gotten so up close and personal with PCI the last few months that it’s hard to pull back a little and look at bigger picture issues.  I never intended for this blog to be a PCI specific site and I still don’t.  So I resist writing on the stuff I deal with daily, which limits what I have the time and energy to write about.  I have plenty of writing coming up for Verizon Business concerning PCI, but I expect that to surface mainly on the Verizon Business Security Blog

I’m not going to shut down this blog any time soon, it’ll still be here, but the reality of life is I need to concentrate more on my day job than the things I’ve been doing for years on the side.  I’ll still write here when I have a spare moment and an idle thought, but I’m no longer going to pressure myself to feel I need to update daily (how long has that been?), weekly or even monthly.  Podcast notes will show up weekly (or so), I’ll still mouth off from time to time.  But I have to make this a lower priority, at least for the time being.

Hopefully I can re-examine the blog once RSA is over.  There’s been a lot of talk lately that blogging in the security community has fallen by the wayside and I definitely feel some of the effects as well.  I think it’s part of growing up and having to spend more time making things happen and less time talking about it.  At least that’s what I’d like to believe.  In the mean time, this can be my annual “RSA is a lot of work, I’m burnt out, it’s fun, but I can’t wait for it to be over’ blog post.

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