One of the interesting things about Milblogging in general is that each service kinda sorta ends up with a differnet feel to the majority of their blogs. Understand that this arose organically, as I’m talking about personal blogs, and not the dull creations of the Public Affairs Officers assigned to a major headquarters.
There are tons of Army centric blogs. And they tend to fall into two main categories. The first was the personal journal type of a troop deployed to Iraq, and occasionally Afghanistan. Eventually, the Army published social media guidance that effectively shut them down. The other type is the former Army guys who blog. Blackfive, This Ain’t Hell, and… over here in the corner, me.
For whatever reason, there are virtually no good Air Force blogs out there.
For that matter, there’s only a handful of good Marine blogs.
And then there’s the Navy Centric bloggers. Some of the very best milblogs out there have been, and are, blogs written by active and retired Navy officers.
Neptunus Lex started when he was still on active duty, and continued after his retirement.
CDR Salamander likewise went from active to retired, all while building an incredibly close community, and gaining genuine influence inside the Navy. When Sal speaks, the heavies hear.
And now we see a couple new entries in the blogosphere, with The Skipper hitting the ground running, and The Greenie Board in the groove as well. Both are written by current active duty officers in the Naval Air community. They tend to focus on the issues facing their communities, in terms of officer personnel management and leadership. And they’ve already begun to foster genuine discussion on those matters. That they have so quickly built audiences tells a lot about the need for the discussion.
What do all four of the Navy blogs I’ve mentioned have in common?
It’s routine for bloggers to use a nom de plume. I do. But it’s not like it’s hard to find out who I really am.
But the bloggers in question go to significant effort to avoid disclosing their true identities. I think we can take as valid their fears that if their real identities become known, their careers will suffer.
How sad is it that while the Navy is encouraging people to write for publication, in for instance, USNI’s Proceedings, and various in house publications such as Approach, when someone dares to raise real questions about where the services are, and where they are going, they have to hide in the shadows lest they be hammered by the powers that be?