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Milbloggers - Soldiers who Blog
I recently tried to discover how many blogs were in existence. It is clear that it would be almost impossible to determine without great effort if you take into account what clearly defines a blog. Also, the separation between active and inactive is a factor-not to mention SPAM Blogs and marketing Blogs-but suffice it to say that the numbers are in the millions. BlogHerald.com reports that US based blog providers alone are anywhere from 15 - 30 million, this of course includes foreign users as well.
The themes and categories which bloggers cover are as diverse as the humans who participate -the potential to share information via Blogs is enormous. Some have informational or even universal, lasting value while others are chatty or pontificating nonsense. All have a level of personal value I image or why take the time? Like them or not, (my guess is that you like them or you wouldn't be reading this) they are a "connection agent" and a sign of our times.
I came across a story in the New York Times Technology section about a soldier who wrote about his Death in his blog. And although not an upbeat subject matter for our purposes here, the personal importance and intimacy of blogging is astounding in examples such as this.
A soldier wrote a blog for five years which included his term in Iraq where he did end up dying. It started as a personal blog then was moved the the Rocky Mountain News. The NYT article states that military personnel who blog are called "milbloggers" and I for one find the historical implications rattling. If you would like to read the whole article on Mr. Olmsted it is found on the New York Times Technology Page.