Live From Las Vegas: 2008 MilBlog Conference
September 20, 2008
Good Morning! The MilBlog conference is currently underway. Our adventure actually got underway last evening with a pre-milblog conference hosted by the Black Five gang at the Penthouse Club. I’m sure, that many other bloggers will have video up soon, of that adventure. :-)
The conference got underway about 30 minutes ago with an opening welcome from General Caldwell, who encouraged MilBloggers to continue doing what they’re doing. Addressing the first panel topic, “Are Milblogs Still Relevant?,” General Caldwell stated emphatically that most definately, he feels that they are.
Opening remarks were from Milblogging.com’s very own JP Borda. Opening the first panel, was Ward Carroll, editor of Military.com. Panel members include Matt Burden of Blackfive, Phil Carter of Intel Dump, CJ Grisham of A Soldier’s Perspecteive and Greyhawk of Mudville Gazette. Following each panel membher introducing themselves, the question was addressed. All clearly spoke about the necessity to get the stories and messages about what our Troops are dealing with, what they’re doing in Afghanistan and Iraq to the broader public, since only about 1% of the American public serve in the military and experience wars and the things our military experience when they go to war. Each panel member had difference reasons for beginning to blog Matt spoke about how, as long as he can continue to help others, such as a Wounded Warrior like Sergio Perez, and make an impact in their lives, then blogging remains relevant to him. An audience member asked how “we” as a community, can organize to in fact create an organized community of support for the Troops and how to have a more organized, centralized resource to help each other, in other areas of the country. CJ addressed that not only are these “community” outreach and support enabled through blogs, but also a vehicle for bloggers to help each other through some of their issues by what they read on other blogs.
Stay tuned for more, as we get ready to begin the second panel.