Feb 01 2010
I read somewhere that starting a new job is one of the top three stressors you can have in your life. Death obviously tops the list with divorce and moving in the top five as well. My own experience tends to back up this theory and I’ve had my fair share of stress from changing jobs the last few years. As many readers know, I left a position at Trustwave last year and started with Verizon Business. I’ve had enough experience with changing jobs that when I started noticing some of the signs of stress, I decided to do something I had never done before: I took an unannounced blog sabbatical; I realized I hadn’t written anything other than show notes in several weeks and decided to extend it.
Blogging takes a fair amount of mental energy, even the short posts I tend to write. Learning the way a new business works and how the processes flow also takes a lot of the same human CPU cycles. In the past, I’ve tried to keep blogging and adjust to a new position at the same time. It hasn’t always worked out so well, so this time I put my emphasis on the day job and let the blog languish. At first it was just going to be a couple of weeks, but at some point I decided that the sabbatical would be over on February 1, 2010. Arbitrary deadlines are great, you can move them around as much as you like. And some times you can even meet them.
I’ve been continuing the podcast with Rich and Zach, though that’s taken a bit of a hit with our travel schedules as well. We’re working on getting a regular schedule back in place, though that may end up being a lost cause until after the RSA Conference this year. We’re all so busy preparing for the event and traveling that finding a time even two of us can get together to record is sometimes difficult. This week was no exception, but I’m sure we’ll find a way to manage it. The good news is that we have real possibilities of face to face time amongst us this year.
I plan on blogging less than I have in the past, but the trade off is that I hope to be able to produce longer posts with more of my own thoughts in them, rather than just pointing to something someone else has said. I also write over at the RSA blog once in a while and may be putting out articles through one or two other venues. Have no fear that you’ll miss anything I write, I’ll tweet and otherwise self-promote when I do. I’m looking forward to the third annual Security Groundhog Day panel this year as well as moderating a panel called Responsible Disclosure: It’s Their Fault! at the 2010 RSA Conference. Come support me at the talks, they’ll both be entertaining if not enlightening. And let’s not forget the Security Bloggers Meetup Wednesday night, March 3rd. Alan Shimel has just posted the finalists for the 2010 Social Security Awards, so head over their to take a look at the list.
This is going to be a busy year. Between work, two kids that are getting to a socially active age and a host of events like RSAC, BH/DC, Security BSides and FIRST coming up there’s not a lot of time to spare to blog about something someone else said, unless I’ve actually got something to add to the conversation. I’ll save what time I can devote to blogging to contributing something new rather than just being part of an echo chamber. Life’s too short to spend on writing fluff.
I’m still around. I’m still blogging, podcasting, attending events and being part of the security social media scene. But sometimes I’m shutting all that down for a couple of days or even a couple weeks at a time to deal with family, work and life in general. Time to get everything a little more in balance for a change, something I’m not really very good at.