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At a cross road and Soldierlife.

American Soldier says,


I have been fully immersed in a very important project. It has many things to do with military members. I’ve neglected to post stories for a long time. Partly because I’ve had to endure some things on my own, also this new project. I will say that the Soldierlife site has opened many opportunities and has allowed me to meet some great people. For that would not be possible without the Milblog ring. Something that I am proud to be a part of. I am happy that this site has received worldwide coverage and visitors.

So I want to ask the readership what they think now? It seems that milblogs, unless you become a political or strict military orientated site has a certain life span. It just seems that way. What would you like to get from this site? Would you be interested in my new project? Where oh where should this site go.

You let me know.

EDIT: 300+ hits at the time of this edit and I’ve received 0 emails and 1 comment. I really want to hear your feedback.


19 Responses to “At a cross road and Soldierlife.”

  1. Kat in GA Says:

    Well, as for me, I’m happy to read about you, Your family, your life, your thoughts, your projects, pretty much just “whatever” you want to write about, really. :mrgreen: Just so long as your blog doesn’t disappear! :)

  2. BLACKFIVE Says:

    The Life Expectancy of a MilBlog…

    American Soldier asks:…So I want to ask the readership what they think now. It seems that milblogs, unless you become a political or strict military orientated site has a certain life span. It just seems that way. What would you…

  3. mekan Says:

    I want to know about the life and thoughts of military men and women. This is not limited to combat zone posts. The best of the milblogs keep me connected with the lives of heroes.

  4. David Says:

    AS, it takes me time to read and to respond. I have to think about such things, and then hopefully convey the thoughts in the way that match my thoughts. I have found out that I am not always successful in that endeavour.

    B5 has a point. Military blogs are usually of a certain duration. The first one I came across, SMASH, seems to have disappeared. It has been months since there has been any posts, and when I email SMASH, it bounces back.

    I am glad that you have a successful job, that you have a loving wife and a new child, and that you have a supply of friends that care, pray and love you.

    My response to this is two fold. Yes, I realize that life continues and that sooner or later all blogs will fold. New ones will take their place(s), and I will stumble across them while on the web. This is how I found SMASH to begin with.

    Having said that, I will continue to read what you have and will continue to post. All of us who have read your blog have developed a relationship with you and your entire family. Those who have that relationship will continue to check in on you (via this blog) to see how things are going. However, we also realize (or at least I do) that there is a limitation on all blogs, and that one of these days this blog will end. The reasons may vary, but my hope and prayer is that our responses (and forget the nitwits) have been an encouragement to both you and your wife.

    The decision is yours to make, my friend, and whatever you decide, I will support.

    Afraid this may not have completely answered your question. But whatever you decide to do (as you are the one putting in the effort, along with taking care of your wife, the new child, and the new job) I support your decision.

    As long as you write, I will be checking in.

  5. Kat in GA Says:

    “As long as you write, I will be checking in.”

    Yeah… what he said.

  6. MJ Says:

    Ditto what David said. I’d be interested in your new project. Thanks.

  7. AFSister Says:

    I don’t know what your new project is, specifically, but I do remember Mrs. AS saying that you were very excited about it and it was related to your experiences at WR. I know how passionate you are, and writing about the new project sounds like a wonderful idea to me!

  8. jacki Says:

    Blog lurkers are a sad lot. We gave you hits, maybe hit the tip jar once in a while, but we never jump in with a comment. It’s a one-sided relationship, because you pour your feelings out on a post and I didn’t even have a login to say thank you.

    If you kept posting here, I’d keep coming back. If you started a new blog, I’d bookmark it and visit. If you said blogging was not fitting in with life anymore, I’d understand. But there would be times down the road where I would wonder how you were doing and if things were going well.

    Even though I was only lurking, I was always hoping for the best for you and yours. If you keep blogging, I’d keep coming to visit. And I’ll even try to get over my shy streak and comment once in a while. I don’t want to see your blog go away, but I will continue to wish for the best for you if it does.

  9. My Point Radio Says:

    I think you need to understand that maybe not only numbers matter, but the people who care enough to want to hear your stories.

    I stop by routinely because I find your writings to be among the best in the business . That said, I’d love to hear your new project!


  10. D. Smith Says:

    While I usually don’t post comments any more on any site, I check several milblogs regularly to see what is really going on with the WOT and within the army/military itself. So by all means, continue your project. You do citizens at large a service by what you write and inform us about. Good luck with your endeavor.

  11. kimmie Says:

    Please keep blogging. Don’t care about what, don’t care how often, don’t care how long. Just keep doing it! I have enjoyed your posts and would greatly miss them but don’t feel you have to if you don’t want to keep going. Your voice is important and we want to hear what you have to say as long as it benefits you also. I will keep you in my prayers either way. God Bless you and yours!

  12. NVR2OLD2LRN Says:

    I think it’s the glimpse of your life and times that draws me back time after time. I’ve tried to feel your pain after your experiences securing my safety and feel a kinship which will always be there, whether you blog or not. I’d miss hearing about you and your life, but you have to do what you have to do. God bless you!

  13. beway Says:

    I know that I am interested in your new project, as well as how you perceive the world events, if you care to comment on them. Not so much politics, as your unique perspective. Your experiences as soldier, the actions you saw, and the challenges you’ve met are all part of your view. Use that to illuminate your new project and daily life, it can’t help but be interesting, because we care what happens next for you and your family.

  14. Jennifer Says:

    AS- Please don’t stop blogging!!!!!!!! We are all very interested in how things are going with your life. Your’s is the first blog that I ever posted on and I enjoy reading about things from your perspective. I can’t believe half of the stuff I see on the news. If I really want to know what’s going on I just wait for a new post from you.
    Also we want to be here for you and be supportive.You have a whole network of people who care about you and your family. If you stopped we would all miss you soooooooooo much.
    We would all be interested in knowing about your project if you feel like talking about it.
    The bottom line is we all care about you and your family and what happens to you all.
    Don’t stop blogging.
    Hugs and Prayers,

  15. Donna Says:

    I really have to come clean. I haven’t stopped by in awhile. I did for awhile and there were no new posts so I moved on. Then I came back today and look you are asking for our opinions.

    First of all, I agree with alot of the others. We do care about you and your blog and what your new project is. I am very excited to find out what it is and read about it.

    I’m so glad that you are back. We really do care about you and your family. So come on and tell us what your new project is and let’s get rolling, OK! Ha!

    Thanks for sharing with us and wanting our opinions! You’re the best! :wink:

  16. Sean Dustman Says:

    I’m still kicking it and I’ve been around for a while without getting political or too military. Of course I consider my self just a blogger before a milblogger, I do it because I like to post my thoughts out to the world every once and a while, not because it’s a job of any sort. If I had 5 readers, I would probably still write because it’s important to me. Hang in there brother, sorry I haven’t been around, was doing training out of state followed by a hospital stay, getting better now.

  17. JROTC » Blog Archive » In the Milblogs: The Life Expectancy of a Milblog Says:

    […] (Blackfive)  >American Soldier asks:…So I want to ask the readership what they think now. It seems that milblogs, unless you become a political or strict military orientated site has a certain life span. It just seems that way. What would you like to get from this site? Would you be interested in my new project?…Read the entire story and comments here. […]

  18. Army Sergeant Says:

    By the way, if you’re in the US at this moment and would like a chance to blog on something military related, military bloggers are getting financial assistance if necessary to attend the Winter Soldier hearings in DC, March 13-16, 2008.

    has the full rules.

  19. debbie Says:

    I have to agree with Jackie, us lurkers may not leave comments behind, but you’ve touched me in ways that have influenced my life.
    Would love to hear about your new project, would miss you were you not blogging, and will always be grateful that I stumbled across your blog one day and was smart enough to bookmark it.

    AS and Mrs. AS….Thank you for a most interesting and inspirational, thought provoking peek into your lives. I hope to continue learning from you but understand that life sometimes moves on…Best of Life to you and your family. But am hoping you will continue blogging!! :mrgreen:

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