Security's Everyman

Security's Everyman

Thursday, August 09, 2007

1 year and 275 posts

One year ago today I started my blog. I did it as a way to say somethings that I wanted to say. At that time I didn't have much interaction with IT and Information Security Professionals on a day to day basis. I was the lone IT guy at my company and was tired of talking to myself so I started blogging. I have to give credit to a couple of those who gave me some inspiration. I read their blogs and thought "hey, I can do this to". Martin McKeay, Michael Farnum, and Michael Santarcangello. These were guys a lot like me that were blogging and telling stories from the trenches and giving good sound advice. Now I count each of them as a friend that I can turn to with security, technology and life advice. I've only met Santa face to face but in todays world of the internet it doesn't even matter anymore.

Since then I've made lots of other friends because of my blogging. I'm involved in the Security Catalysts Community as a Trusted Catalysts and this has allowed me to interact with some of the brightest guys in Security. I've also gotten to know several people who are well known and well regarded in the blogshepere and in Security in General.

I hope that all of you have found something of value in my rantings, questions, concerns, and comments. I guess you have or you wouldn't keep reading. I've heard from lots of you and it amazes me that people from all over the world actually read what I have to say.

I look forward to this next year and the fun times ahead. :)

Oh yeah, one other thing. I discovered a few days ago that my friend and Art of War and User Awareness nemesis, Amrit Williams, also started blogging one year ago today. I found that rather amusing considering the number of times we have butted heads over these subjects. But I must say Amrit is a great guy and I wish him all the best on his next year of blogging.

5 comments:

Michael Farnum said...

Congrats, Andy! Glad to see you have reached this milestone. And I am honored to be one of those guys who made you think, "If those idiots can can do this, then I can!" Not an exact quote, but that was what you were saying, wasn't it!! ;)

Michael

Andy, ITGuy said...

I knew I should have gone to that Toastmasters meeting yesterday! I tried soooooo hard to not let that slip through. :)

McKeay said...

Congratulations, Andy. I'm fast approaching 4 years of blogging myself, officially August 14th. Glad to be one of the "idiots" who got you started blogging. Now we just need to get you out of your shell and into some of the conventions.

Martin

Security Catalyst (Michael) said...

Congratulations on reaching a cool milestone. More importantly, thank you! You have sharp insights, a complete writing style - and most importantly, passion.

I have truly appreciated earning your friendship, meeting you (I still have the notes on the napkins on my desk) and look forward to more good times in the future.

Keep up the good work, keep making a difference and keep quoting Sun Tzu. I love a fired up Amrit :)

Michael

Allen Baranov, CISSP said...

Well done Andy.

I enjoy your blog and your comments on the catalyst forum.

In my last blog posting I called you my brother-from-another-mother because we seem to have very similar work histories and lives even if we live thousands of miles apart.

Of all the bloggers that I read, I think you are the one with opinions and thoughts very similar to mine.

I look forward to more years of blogs from you (until you get old and senile and we give you a gold watch).

And if you are ever in South Africa (you never know) look me up and we'll have a braai (BBQ).

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