04 December 2008

The benefits and enjoyment of blogging ...

... are becoming apparent to me. When I began this blog, it was primarily a way for me to become acquainted with the process, language, and basics - since I had never blogged (or even commented on blogs) before - but it has quickly become much more than that. I am pleasantly surprised that between 24 Nov and today - less than 2 weeks - over 100 unique visitors have stopped by this blog (161 since 19 Nov!). The tracking process that I use doesn't show me how long they stayed or how much they read, but just the fact that so many people were at least interested in this topic is very encouraging. What's even more encouraging is that these folks are accessing the blog from 14 different countries! Amazing! Of course, that probably doesn't mean that there are 14 different nationalities - some are likely US service members serving overseas - but one German public affairs officer has left some comments.

This interest is very encouraging. It is clear that many people are interested in how the Army can make better use of blogs and new media in general. I'm encouraged by the variety of comments (from service members, retirees, spouses, and professors of communication) all of which shine a unique light on this subject and all of which provide valuable insights.

One of the benefits of blogging that I have read about and some of you have alluded to in the comments is the community aspect - the interaction. That has already become clear to me through this experience ... and this blog has only been in the blogosphere for about one month. In that month, I've learned a tremendous amount, been pointed in new directions for material to dig into, and gathered valuable insights into how the Army can approach Soldier blogging to greater effect. Lets keep the discussion going ... please continue to share your insights and opinions as well as any other work that's been done that may assist in making this project as useful as possible.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to peruse the discussion going on. Thanks to all of you who participate in the weekly polls - the feedback provided through those help me focus my thoughts and opinions about blogging. Thanks even more to those of you who have taken the time to weigh in on the discussion. Several of you have provided valuable insight into milblogging and have linked me to material that will have a great impact on this project. Thanks especially to the 8 of you who have chosen to "follow" this blog! Your interest is greatly appreciated. If you're not a "follower" but are interested in this discussion, please consider becoming a "follower" (look to the right).

I look forward to continuing to learn from you and, together, developing valuable suggestions for the Army to more effectively put "Soldiers in the Blogosphere."


  1. Congratulations on your growing blogs from Germany, again. Hey, is there anything strange if a PAO from Germany comments on a fellow soldier's blog ;). Keep going. Cheers WS

  2. Nothing strange at all, Batteriechef! I appreciate your interest and engagement. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  3. I appreciate your work starting the blog and advocating for military blogging. Blogging, social networking, and other Web 2.0 technologies are powerful tools that can empower soldiers and increase the flexibility and responsiveness of our military. This kind of networking technology is crucial for successful operations in today's world, so I'm glad to find a growing community advocating for it. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  4. Thanks for your support and comments Reach 364. The more I think about it, the more I believe we've got to do something to take more advantage of the power that new media provides us. So many complain about the main stream media but we keep trying the same basic techniques to get the military's stories told. This is certainly a new way - and one that really bypasses main stream media. In order to do this effectively though, we've got to thoroughly think through the good and bad ... and then figure out how to capitalize on the good and reduce the risk of the bad.