Gets reported here! we didn’t make the party – which is a good thing, from the pictures I’ve seen!
The actual panel I was on discussed the importance of remembering that the military blog community is NOT just the uniform members, reporting on conditions downrange, or talking about the conditions they are in. The community is held together by the “others”, the parents, the spouses, the volunteers. I won’t be reporting on the other panels, as those are being reported on by the uniform milbloggers – or by other bloggers who could take notes. I find it amusing that most of the uniform bloggers that I have read so far – didn’t report on our panel! But from where I was sitting, on the other panels, there is some debate about our “relevance” (if we have to ask whether we are relevant, I’d say we probably aren’t), some debate about how milblogs should be “used” or whether we need some sort of training.
Secretary Geren was on the phone for a while, on a different panel. I met with his assistant, who told me that one of the authors you have been enjoying here – Some Soldier’s Mom – has been on his Roundtables and informing the Secretary of Army (in her own inimitable and no nonsense fashion) that Parents aren’t being heard, and that single soldiers need more from the Army when they are offduty. The assistant told me that SecArmy is very happy to hear from SSM and she was very kind in allowing me to get put on the list for Roundtables as well. This is where I may be able to bring up what YOU – The Parents and Siblings, Aunts and Uncles, grandparents and friends – want him to hear.
At the Milbloggie awards – SOME SOLDIER’S MOM won the Milbloggie for Parent’s sites. CONGRATULATIONS! As soon as she gets a chance, I’m hoping to get some more posts from her.
We’ll be putting up the survey results soon. I’m still trying to get some rather well known names to answer the survey – if you can think of someone that is in the public eye we should send the survey to, let us know.
We know we didn’t win. But… we don’t know who did – although with the commanding lead I saw the last time I looked, I have a good idea. But I won’t say anything until they are announced at the MilBlog Expo in Las Vegas this coming weekend. But CONGRATULATIONS! (you know who you are!)
Speaking of the MilBlog Expo – I have been incredibly honored (and scared) to have been invited to be a panelist! I’ll be on a panel talking about the following:
MilBlogging as a Community. A fascinating look at how deep and wide the reach of the Milblogging community has become. Through Milblogging, many programs providing comfort, support, aid and tangible benefits to the military community have been conceived, proving that Milblogging is about more than just writing. We’ll explore how milblogging gives a voice to supporters, parents and spouses of service members, and how that voice is effectively used to support an entire military community.
So – please please, even if you have never commented before, let me know what you want me to tell everyone. As you can see, there is a lot going on that day – I want to make sure that the Parents of Service members are heard! (click on the underlined to see all about Milblogging Expo). If you are going to be there – please say hi.
I’m excited, and I’ll be frank (it’s just us here, right?) I’m a bit intimidated by the thought of representing YOU, the Parents. As a Parent of an Iraq Vet, and In-Law of another Iraq Vet, I do know from experience and my own journey through this, how you feel, what you want, what you need to ask – but it sure would be great if I could get your input. I am taking the information from the 10 questions we asked a couple of posts ago, so if you have a few minutes, fill out the survey.
p.s. I just looked at this and realized – not everyone knows what MilBlogging is! It’s just Military Blogging, from service members, spouses, parents, supporters, veterans – anyone who has a connection of any kind to the OnePercent of the Nation who are members of this military family.
After some brainstorming this past weekend in Virginia Beach, LAW and I put together a few questions to help get a better idea of what YOU want to see and read about. We came up with with 5 questions. It will be a blog series of what other parents & family members want to know, their experiences, etc.
Of course, being the techmama that I am… I put together an online survey for all of you to take. It’s actually 10 questions and should only take about 5 minutes to complete.
Will you help us out?? click here to complete the online survey.
As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org