The dust is settling from the first annual MilBlog Conference, though the shockwaves may be reverberating for a while yet. A good time was had by all.
I’ll have more to say about some things that were covered at the conference in the days to come, but I first want to point out some of the great folks I was finally able to meet. Many of them are guys (and gals) that I read on a regular basis, and some of them are folks that I have extensively communicated with electronically over the past few years. But nothing can take the place of meeting face to face, shaking a hand, and tipping back a few with your comrades-in -blogs.
First, Murdoc’s hat is off to Andi of Andi’s World. She was the driving force behind this, and the stunning success is due in large part to her efforts.
Also, Buckethead of the Ministry of Minor Perfidy was kind enough to show me what the Mall is like on a rainy day and guide me to the first stop on the planned MilBlog Pub Crawl. The rain put a damper on the Crawl Buckethead organized (we only ended up hitting two spots, Finn McCool’s Irish Public House and Marty’s) but the festivities were nonetheless, um, festive.
Others I was able to spend a great deal of time with include:
- John Noonan and Charlie Munn of OpFor, formerly at www.enlisted guys don’t come here.com
- Pinch from Instapinch
- Bill Roggio from The Fourth Rail
- Heidi from Euphoric Reality
- CJ of A Soldier’s Perspective
- Col Austin Bay (Conference MC) of Austin Bay.net
- Matt from Blackfive
- Uncle Jimbo from Military Matters
- The Donovans from Castle Argghhh!
- Chuck from From My Position
- Rachelle the Army Wife
- Princess Cat from A Swift Kick & A Band-aid
- Grim from Grim’s Hall
Fortunately, Murdoc bailed before things got real messy.
(I mentioned to Buckethead that between five regular writers at the Ministry, we expect more than a couple posts a week from the lot of them. They call the low output “being Rossed” after their historically frequency-challenged member Ross, but every time I click over and there’s nothing new, Murdoc feels he’s “being hosed”. At least he’s not bitter about it.)