Saturday, November 7, 2015

Blog: Resurrect or Die?

This blog has been idle since 2012. Does anyone care?

Like many, I let this blog die. I think that’s happened for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional.

Relevance

Most of what I was posting was clearly not going to make any difference to myself or anyone else. Posts that announce [random software] has [random vulnerability] could just as well have been machine generated. The state of software security is at best, marginally better than it was a handful of years ago, and some random guy blogging about it isn’t gong to change that.

A few posts were and are still relevant. No matter what I do, I’ll maintain access to those.

Burnout

Having more than one open Oracle Sev 1’s per team member was brutal. We were in a situation where a small handful of us were working a seven-day pace for months. A few months of that and I was more than ready to back off from my immersion in technology and recuperate a bit. Hobbies got more interesting, and being able to disconnect from 24x7 operational responsibilities was essential.

Chaos

Having multiple layers of leadership turnover simultaneously created a work environment that was unpredictable and chaotic. Uncertainty affected staff moral, working environment went from stressful but fun, to simply stressful. I got a new boss, and along with that a significant job change. 

Blogging is dead

Of the hundred-odd  blogs that were in my RSS feed, only a handful are being maintained. The center of gravity has shifted. I miss following bloggers – as well formed, thoughtful ‘long form’ writing still interests me far more than short, disconnected 140 character messages.

So – let die gracefully, resurrect, or something in between?

--Mike