Thanks a Million

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Posted by Corey Harrell
Last week a new member on my $DayJob’s team reached the point in his in-house training where they started to read articles on jIIr. After I cracked a joke about the blog’s author he mentioned how my blog had over one million page views. To be honest, I haven’t looked at my jIIr’s statistics for months and I didn’t even know about the page views. The milestone really made me reflect on my journey and how it wouldn’t had been possible without others so I wanted to take the time to say thank you.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by jIIr to read my content. Thanks to all the other bloggers who had linked back to my site or posted links directing their readers to my site. Thanks to everyone who posted links to my content on websites, social media, forums, and DFIR email lists to direct people to my posts. I especially wanted to thank those who took the time to leave a comment or contact me by email about something I wrote whether if it is positive or criticism. I wanted to give a shout out to Harlan for the advice he provided to me. I was just a random person who reached out to him looking for advice on starting a blog. Not only did he provided me with great advice (which showed me I was really over thinking things) but he also mentioned jIIr on his own blog, which helped my content gain more exposure. Lastly, I wanted to thank the Christian men’s group I was in all those years ago who walked with me on how we could use the passions God blessed us with to serve others.

In addition to saying thanks I also wanted to apologize. I wanted to apologize to those who left comments on my blog over the past few months and I never responded. To those who contacted me by email and I either took an extremely long time to respond or never responded at all. To those who may had been visited my blog only to be disappointed due to the lack of new content being posted on jIIr since last September. This was not the way I would had preferred to hit this milestone compared to hitting the milestone due to a great article that pushed me over a million page views. Sitting where I am today I wouldn’t had done it any other way. I needed some time to focus on my walk with Christ and spend more time in God’s word. In essence, I realigned priorities in my life and how I was spending my time. Outside of my commitments (family, $DayJob, $AcademiaJob, and church) I pretty much disconnected from everything else to focus on my faith. The DFIR community and jIIr was part of this everything else category that I temporarily put on hold while I spent time refocusing. Stay tuned as I start working my way through my blog idea hopper that has built up over the months.

It’s been a long journey to reach this milestone. I started out as a digital forensic analyst/ vulnerability assessor looking to get into the incident response field to becoming a security analyst who built and manages a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) performing security monitoring and incident response. jIIr has been a place where I have shared my thoughts during this journey in hopes that someone somewhere would find the content useful and helpful. God willing, I’ll continue publishing content and my research for another six years to help those their own journeys.


But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

~ Matthew 4:4
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  1. We are grateful and thank God for using you to support us in our journey into incident response.

    Thank you Corey for having the time out of your very busy schedule to respond to my emails.

    Your latest blog is a major inspiration. Stay committed to your faith and work. He will continue to direct you.

  2. Congrats dude! Thanks for all your hard work and knowledge sharing.

  3. What's the RSS feed URL for Journey into IR? Anything new lately. This is my go to site for old and new.

  4. Corey,
    Congrats. I haven't hit that milestone yet and my blog has been around longer. Nice job. You've done a great job of 'loving your neighbor as yourself" on your blog by sharing your heart and your skills. To God be the glory indeed. Mack

  5. @ITaudit

    Thanks for the comment and the times you linked back to my site. I apologize for the really late response. I dropped offline to get refocused and getting back online took longer than expected.

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