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Post-Blog Report: 26 Short Topics about Security

I was a little surprised by the entries that got the most attention

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Aloha and welcome to the post-blog report. Over the last 5 months, I’ve been writing a blog series called, 26 Short Topics about Security and wanted to share some observations.  First, I went about this since there are so many IT challenges when it comes to security and it’s virtually impossible to cover them all.
Plus, I’m always looking for interesting stats and stories pertaining to security and thought I’d gather them up in one place.  It’s sort of a 2009 ‘Security Greatest Hits’ (or Misses, if you’re a Devo fan).

If you are a blogger and sometimes have difficulty producing a consistent stream of valuable conversations, a blog series will do the trick.

You’re not alone since Perseus reports that 66.0% of surveyed blogs had not been updated in two months, "representing 2.72 million blogs that have been either permanently or temporarily abandoned.” I had a daily urge to continue my quest and keep the flow going rather than jumping on ‘whatever the topic/crisis of the day’ was and writing about that.  Interestingly, the timing of many of the topics coincided with a recent event, so it worked out well.

Specific keywords in the titles, like Firewall, Virtualization, Twitter or any other term that’s hot (frequently searched) drew the most readers even if the title was a little ‘out there.’  And like any writer, I was a little surprised by the entries that got the most attention.  You know the routine, you think something is fantastic but nobody cares and the ones you feel are a little weak get massive reads.  Go figure.

The other thing I tried during this series is to both include a ton of links (Don MacVittie called it a link-fest) to referring stories along with links to the previous stories in the series for easy perusal.  When one got read, so did multiple others which positively influenced Pages per Visit and Average Time on Site – key metrics for any website.  Finally, I’m thinking about recording the blogs to offer an audio version (à la Audio Whitepapers) of the series.

Now to put a bow on this – All 26 Short Topics about Security:

Bonus blog: Bit.ly, Twitter, Security & You

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Peter is an F5 evangelist for security, IoT, mobile and core. His background in theatre brings the slightly theatrical and fairly technical together to cover training, writing, speaking, along with overall product evangelism for F5. He's also produced over 350 videos and recorded over 50 audio whitepapers. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network.

Now having his Telco background he moved to Verio to focus on access, IP security along with web hosting. After losing a deal to Exodus Communications (now Savvis) for technical reasons, the customer still wanted Peter as their local SE contact so Exodus made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. As only the third person hired in the Midwest, he helped Exodus grow from an executive suite to two enormous datacenters in the Chicago land area working with such customers as Ticketmaster, Rolling Stone, uBid, Orbitz, Best Buy and others.

Writer, speaker and Video Host, he's also been in such plays as The Glass Menagerie, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cinderella and others.

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