Monday, April 12, 2010

MILBLOG Conf. POSTEX

Big takeaway from the Milblog Conference in DC this weekend was that the Navy and Marine Corps have been fully - if grudgingly - accepted Milblogs as a legitimate part of the media ecosystem.

Sure, General Petraeus gave the opening welcome address to the conference – but that was taped. From the Navy side of the house, the nod was confirmed when the senior active duty officer present in 3-D though was fellow blogger
Admiral Harvey who was kind enough to be a panel member. Additionally, the day before my arrival, the CHINFO crew at the Pentagon from all reports did an outstanding job during the availability time they provided the Navy-Marine Corps team that could make it for a visit.

We also had a first for
Midrats when RADM Lyden, SC USN was our first Flag Officer guest. BZ and thanks to him and his staff for taking time out of what a very busy day to sit across the table and dedicate 20 minutes for an interview over at the Navy Memorial.

Through fits and starts and a bit behind the Army – I think the Navy in onboard with accepting bloggers as what they are – not the MSM and not even cable – but an important part of the national security discussion.

I think everyone here would have been more than pleased with the small but noisy Navy milblog community attendance. A fair portion of my fellow bloggers from the
USNIBlog stable were there led by Mary, with Jim Dolbow, and Jeff Withington (yes, we covered the line from MIDN to ADM) – rounding out the Navy raiding party was Maggie, Navy SC, AW1 Tim, reader Ponsdorf – and heck – even SteelJawScribe made a low pass (quitter, he left too early), and others. We also had a brief visit by occasional guest blogger and regular guest on Midrats, Claude Berube.

As always it is a kick to see in person many you have known for years, and to see again those you work with on a regular basis online including
Matt, Jimbo, Troy & Marcus, Mr. & Mrs. G, Chuck, the good folks from Soldier’s Angels, - along with "knew you but haven't met yet" like Baldilocks, Gretta, Andi who threw it all together, and the many others who will send me nasty emails because I didn’t add them to the list.

Both officially and over beers, one recurring topic that came up is that regardless of what part of the Milblog system you operate in – we really do not compete with each other; the normal operation is working together. From
Team Rubicon, to McSoulpatch, to the Potempkin Color Guard – we have an impact. We build ignored stories until the traditional media takes notice. We do that by working together on the big stories. True. As a self-policing and self-governing entity in the media ecosystem – I think that is something no one else does, at least at the speed we do it.

There are two things that left me preening – in two different ways. Though my homeblog lost by TWO votes to USNIBlog for the Navy Milbloggie (I am still pouting) – recognizing that I am the most emotionally needy and desirous of public attention of her bloggers, Mary was kind enough to let me accept the Milbloggie on behalf of the Naval Institute Blog. It should be noted that she quickly snatched the award from my hands once we were off the stage and out of sight – I am thankful for the opportunity, as nothing pleases me more than a captive audience.

Lastly, I took away one informal award – the final panel totally and rather clunkily dodged my question of budgetary pressures and its impact going forward. That’s OK though – we’ll take care of it here later.
UPDATEL Speaking of Claude - he has an objective overview over at USNIBlog that is worth your time.

27 comments:

ponsdorf said...

Hey... I have a milblog ya know?

http://newanothervoice.com/

AW1 Tim said...

Hey Ponsdorf! Great to meet you. One of my highlights was getting to glance through your cruise book. It certainly was another time, anothert Navy than the one we have today.

I'll have more later, once my brain and body recover.

xformed said...

CDR S;

Thanks for the AAR.  What did you do to AW1?  Buy him too many beers?

Sure wish I had been there to take one of the seats up front.  Glad to hear sure great oranginzers and dedicated people like Andi are still at the helm.  She's definitely undrerated for all she has done for this comminity, begining with the beginnning and still making it better each year.

Byron said...

Did you guys have an Admin back at the hotel? :)

Steeljaw said...

Hmph -- merely observing rule #1 of blogging: "Don't quit your day job"  And yes, I realized it was Saturday...see rule #1... 
w/r, SJS

cdrsalamander said...

Hey!  I'm the needy one here!

Byron said...

I hear the consolation prize is one of these:

https://www.getsnuggie.com/flare/next?tag=os|sm|go|tm

8-)

YNSN said...

I'll be at one of those, one day.  Promise.  Hell, next year.  Even if I need to buy a seat on an int'l flight, I'll be there.

Skippy-san said...

Heard through the grapevine even my name was taken in vain-so the conference MUST have been a success!

AW1 Tim said...

Yes, you should have seen the sad beagle-eyed look as he accepted the trophy.....

  ;)

ewok40k said...

congratulations on good second place :)

ponsdorf said...

Exactly... I wonder how long-winded he'd have been if this blog had won?

BostonMaggie said...

The difference between the official Navy attitude last and this year was like night and day.  If you weren't there....you are jealous.

cdrsalamander said...

I thought I was pithy.  Sniff.  

Bullies!

UltimaRatioRegis said...

Which absolutely begs the punch line, "Don't get all pithy with me, mithter!"

ponsdorf said...

Nah, although I did see him eyeing me some. Didn't want to bring that up, but since you mentioned it...

Kristen said...

Second place?  You wuz robbed!

Homefront Six said...

That was the consensus in the YouServed chat room too - they never did answer the question. Looking forward to your discussion of it here. 

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