Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

December 7, 2006

HLS Watch, one year later

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christian Beckner on December 7, 2006

My apologies for the lack of posting over the last few days. It’s a busy month for me at work and in my personal life, so the blog is playing second fiddle right now in the grand scheme of things. Also, there wasn’t much that was worthy of posting on Monday and Tuesday this week. I’ll have a number of posts on Thursday and Friday.

One notable event that I haven’t remarked about until now is the fact that last Saturday, December 2nd, was the first anniversary of the creation of Homeland Security Watch. There were 1,173 posts on the site in its first year – an average of slightly more than three per day – a pace that has sometimes been difficult to maintain given the competing demands on my time, for a site that is essentially a labor of love. (I’ve made a pittance on advertising over the past year). But I believe that this site plays an important role within the broader homeland security community, serving as a nexus between different types of stakeholders – policy-makers, academics, the media, industry, etc. I think it’s contributed to the idea that ‘homeland security’ needs to be a more integrated discipline, rather than a motley set of disconnected issues. And I think I’ve had an influence on the debate on a number of specific issues over the past year, in areas such as chemical plant security, port security, and the homeland security grant allocation processes.

I appreciate all of you who have become regular visitors to the site over the past year, and in some cases have written me with your encouragement and/or tips for posts. And I’m especially thankful to fellow bloggers like David Stephenson and Noah Shachtman for touting this site to a wider audience, to my colleagues at IBM for tolerating this site and never once trying to influence or alter my comments on it in any way, and most especially to my lovely fiancee Carly for putting up with the demands on my time that this site creates.



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Comment by Michael Hampton

December 7, 2006 @ 1:36 am

A few disjointed comments:

I remember when you first put up the site. It had that ugly red theme. :)

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up one post a day.

I’m making enough on advertising to cover a house and car payment, but it took almost two years to get to that point.

Comment by Eric Lausten

December 7, 2006 @ 10:07 am

Christian – Thank you for your effort and hard work. I read your blog often, and find your commentary very insightful. It has served as a very helpful source on many an occasion. Congratulations on the success of your year anniversary, and thank you for providing this essential public service.

Comment by Ryan Singel

December 7, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

27B gives a hearty congratulations on your blog-birthday… And yes, let’s hear it for blog-spouses who put up with these affairs…

Ryan Singel

Comment by W. David Stephenson

December 7, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

Christopher, you’ve done a marvelous job. Homeland Security Watch is an invaluable resource.
W. David Stephenson

Comment by W. David Stephenson

December 7, 2006 @ 3:42 pm

Not only has Christopher (whoever he may be) done a great job, but you have as well, Christian. Now I’m going to sit down and write Christian 100 times……
W. David Stephenson

Comment by DaveyM

December 8, 2006 @ 9:56 am

Invaluable resource indeed. I am a blogger (on a totally unrelated topic) and know how difficult it can be to keep current. You do an amazing job, and it is much appreciated.


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