When 2013 kicked off, I wasn't planning to quit the job I'd been doing for umpteen years at Sophos.
But I did quit, and it was with some trepidation that I decided to go independent, and have some fun appearing in the media, doing a spot of public speaking and running my own independent security news site.
And, so far, it's been great fun. :)
This site has received over two million page views since the middle of the year, and is averaging over 400,000 each month. The newsletter (thanks to Kurt for coming up with the witty "GCHQ" name) is getting new subscribers all the time, and over 5500 people have so far joined our Facebook community.
All this would have been impossible, of course, without readers.
Biggest thanks go to "Spryte", "Carson", "Coyote" and "Jeremy" who have been most active readers, leaving comments - but even if you've only left one piece of feedback, or simply enjoyed an article that I've published on the site - thanks very much. I appreciate each and every one of you for dropping by.
And, of course, thanks are also due to the many guest contributors who graciously gave their time writing content to share with users.
In no particular order, huge debts are owed to Lisa, Philip, Mikko, Jennifer, Jason, Shirley, Sorin, Stephen, Mark, Alan, Neira, Martijn, Alan, Per and Irfan, all of whom I owe a drink or more to. Thanks so much guys!
If you would be interested in being part of this site's future, and have an article that you think would be interesting for the readers, please do get in touch.
So far, my trial separation from corporate life is working... so I'll be here for a while longer yet, keeping you up to date with the latest security news in a hopefully easy-to-understand, informative way.
2013 was a tough year for many concerned about computer security and privacy, and there is no doubt that many will be worried about what revelations and threats are still to emerge.
But don't lose hope - if we all play our part in educating our friends, family and colleagues about how best to protect themselves from online risks, we can make the world a better place.
Happy new year everybody. Let's make it a safer one.