Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Today this blog passed 500,000 “pageviews” (meaning someone went to a page in the blog, even though they might have read more than one post), since its inception at the end of January 2013. This doesn’t include people who read the posts from the email feed – and as of today, there are 639 subscribers to the feed (by the way, I have no idea who they are).

Of course, 500,000 hits is probably a slow Thursday morning for one of the Kardashians’ blogs, but I’ll take it. I honestly thought a few years ago that, once NERC CIP version 5 came into effect, the CIP news would kind of die down and I’d start having trouble finding something to write about. Fortunately for me but unfortunately for you (if you work in CIP compliance for a NERC entity), there has continued to be lots of controversy and confusion, as well as new standards developed and approved – and when things were a little slow this summer, the Russians stepped in to save the day[i]! I guess I was just born lucky.

So I suspect it might be a little while before I run out of things to talk about. I once thought I might focus on reviews of online cat videos – I guess I’ll always have that as a fallback option.

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[i] And when the story of the attacks themselves was flagging, DHS' confused and shifting portrayals of the attacks took up the slack very nicely. Verily, my cup runneth over.

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