My first blog post!

If you are reading this, thanks! If you are reading this and you're not a friend or family member, awesome! ? I've toyed with the idea of starting a blog for a few years, but never really had the impetus to do it. Why start now? A few reasons:

Firstly, as a way to learn to communicate technical information concisely. At work, we recently gave our first of many IT Security Awareness seminars, and talking in front of group of people like that scares the crap out of me. I knew what I was talking about, but I can be a bit wordy at times, especially when nervous. I hope this will help with that. I also think this will help me write better documents, and become something of a documentation repository for myself.

Secondly, to reaffirm my knowledge. The measure of how well I understand something is my ability to explain it (albeit in a wordy manor of course!). By explaining technical ideas, scripts and thoughts, it really helps to solidify my understanding. This blog will be aimed at technical people, but if I make a decent go of this, I haven't ruled out another blog or vblog explaining technical issues to non-technical people. As the family tech support hotline, I know how confusing most of the IT jargon is to non-technical people.

Thirdly (is that even a word? It sounds wrong), to contribute a little to the IT industry. As with all IT Pros, a lot of the time our ability to troubleshoot problems and build and implement solutions is based on understanding the wealth of information available on vendor sites, blogs and forums. I've no doubt that there are an abundance of people with a deeper understanding of everything I'll be covering, but I'm also fairly sure that there a bunch of people who could find this helpful. And I'd like to hear from both camps, so I can help others, and continue to learn.

Fourthly, after spending most of my career in system administration and team lead roles, I've recently moved into a security specialist position. The focus at work is primarily defensive, and I'm confident in my knowledge in that area. The offensive side of things is something I'm less familiar with, and am thoroughly enjoying learning more about. I plan on posts covering what is fairly basic offensive techniques and technology, as I teach myself how to use software and tools to help with my work. As mentioned before, this will also keep a record of them for my own benefit.

Lastly, to try and build a profile. It's all well and good walking into a job interview telling people what I know, but we all do that. This is one small way I can show my skills and knowledge to prospective employers. Having said that, I'm very happy where I am.

If you're still reading, awesome thank you! Told you I could be a bit wordy! It is my first post after all. Anyways, I'm always happy to receive feedback, comments on posts, or to just chew the fat on technical stuff, so if that is your thing ping me.