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.