This week I received an interesting surprise when I found out that my blog had been linked to and highlighted on a website called Milblog.com, a website that was completely new to me. Almost overnight I had a 100 fold increase of possible readership to my blog. Sometime ago I read that the average blog, has a readership of '1'. Which is about the readership that I had been expecting when I began writing my blog and keeping track of my deployment. However I would advertise my blog, by attaching the address to my blog when I would send emails to friends so I was receiving some occasional views and feedback. Plus it allowed me a way to post occasional pictures during my deployment, and allow for widest distribution. Mostly though I wanted to use this blog as a way to keep a journal of my thoughts, and adventures during my deployment. During my past deployments I tried to write a daily journal however I was only able to write for a month or so before I became bored. Mostly because, I found myself writing about the same thing ever day, as is often the case during deployment the days turn into Groundhogs Day. With a online journal I figured I could post about some of the more interesting thoughts and observations. One of the issues though with an open forum online blog is that there are several times in which I would like to write about my opinion about various situations, but I must always be aware that what I write about can also affect my career in the military. While I may have the freedom to write what I want, I am not free from the responsibility of what I write.
This week, for me at least, has been a refreshingly boring week. Almost all the rest of my team has been outside the wire on mission and I was one of the few to stay behind and monitor our Kandak. A couple of days several members of the Kandak that I would have worked with were also absent, so a couple days I only ended up spending 10 minutes in the Kandak area before walking back to my office. As I would not have been able to accomplish anything meaningful on those days.
One thing that was special was yesterday, 5 August, was the 15th anniversary of Croatian Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving day. Which celebrates the Croatian Independence fought for during their homeland war. Many of the Croatians that I am stationed with fought in the Croatian homeland war, so it often interesting to think about that several of my friends essentially fought in a Civil War less than a generation ago. The beauty of being stationed with Croatians, is that they love any opportunity for a barbecue and cook out. Thus far we have been able to enjoy with our Croatian brothers a cook out for every Croatian holiday, and surprisingly US holiday since our team arrived.
One problem though with the increased readers of my blog is what should I write about? There are several topics that I have been considering writing about that may make me look like nothing more than a scruffy headed nerf herder. Hopefully any folks who might happen upon my blog won't mind reading some of the random thoughts of a guy occasionally bored while deployed to Afghanistan.