It’s hard to believe this little side project has hit 100 posts. We’re averaging 600+ unique visitors a day, which isn’t bad for a blog that’s only been around for three months, and even hit the front page of Digg once.
One little secret of the site that most people don’t realize is that I actually have an editor. Chris Pepper reviews all my posts after I put them up and cleans up all my grammatical errors while making sure I actually make sense (no small feat). It’s not every personal blog that has an editor!
While I can’t list everyone that links back to me, I’d also like to thank a few sites that have helped Securosis get started. First up are Richard Stiennon and Mike Rothman, who not only link in on a regular basis, but provided me with a ton of initial advice and continue to keep me on my toes (and I read their blogs daily). Martin McKeay, Alan Shimel, Alex at Riskanalys.is, Anton Chuvakin, Pete Lindstrom, Jim at DCS Security, Arthur and Adam at Emergent Chaos, Tom at Matasano, and (of course) Amrit Williams are frequent sources of good information and debate. I’d like to see Mike at Episteme start writing on those issues he accused the rest of us of ignoring.
Securosis got started with a bang with the Mac WiFi hack at Black Hat. I’d like to thank John Gruber for proving even two acerbic jerks (that’s John and I) can have a civil debate on a contentious issue. That debate brought Bkwatch to the site, currently our most prolific commenter (and yes, I’ll still respond to your evoting comments). George Ou was the other big defender of Maynor and Ellch, and like myself the only one to see a live demo. That debate also brought Technovia to my attention; another great site that I don’t get to link to since it’s not security oriented. Most of this group doesn’t get along and had some nasty things to say about each other, but I managed to maintain good relations with all of them while sticking to my position.
Before blogging myself I never realized the power of independent experts, thinkers, and blow-hards having public debates to educate the community at large. I’ve participated in similar debates in private, but the public nature of blogs and the ability for anyone to weigh in is fascinating.
I started blogging just to vent my opinions. I never realized it would improve my research and skills as a security professional.
Chris- thanks again for keeping the site, and me, looking good. I’ve programmed a bot to re-post this line if you ever try and delete it.
Now back to our regularly scheduled security paranoia…