May 07, 2007


In case mine is the only milblog you read, I too will sum up the Milblogs Conference. We started with a very special guest speaker to address the gathering of milbloggers. Yep, President Bush sent a pre-recorded statement for us. The crowd went wild and everyone was snapping photos of the big screen. You can see W's speech to milbloggers here. Next we got to VTC with Admiral Fox in Iraq, Blackfive read an email from General Petraeus and a letter from Senators Coleman, Coburn, and DeMint, and the conference was underway. Never let it be said that bloggers don't matter.

I can't even begin to sum up all that was said on the panels. RedState has a great liveblog you should read to get the gist. I did try to make mental notes of topics I'd like to address further, and I plan to work on those posts over the next few days. I also plan to work on tidying up a few things I said on my panel. As I joked over the weekend, we bloggers deal in print, and there were a few times on the panel that I really wished I had my backspace key. I think I flubbed some points along the way, so I'd like to write a few posts clearing up some things I said when my mouth was moving faster than my brain.

The highlight of the weekend was meeting people I've known for years. SGT Hook was nothing like I expected, but I'll be darned if he's not better than I could've hoped for. I am trying to figure out how to arrange a play-date for Hook and Tim, since I think they'd get along swimmingly. It was so exciting to meet people like Teresa and Tammi, two awesome ladies who definitely ate their veggies growing up. And I think I've developed a major blog crush on Mary Katherine Ham. Chuck Z is nuts, Patti Patton-Bader is the warmest person on the planet, and Blackfive is more than just the talking head who's constantly on my TV these days. I also loved meeting the Lurkers, and it was jawdropping that a non-blogger would fly from Arizona just to meet all us buffoons.

And I have to say a little something about my darling bunkmate. I had met CaliValleyGirl in person before, but only briefly. Nonetheless, we settled in like we'd been friends for years. And hell, I guess we have. But she's even more perfect in person than she is on the phone, and I marveled at my Alabama Worley feeling all weekend, "that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: 'You're so cool. You're so cool. You're so cool.'"

Posted by Sarah at May 7, 2007 09:59 AM | TrackBack

Well, at least I didn't scream in your ear this time. ;-)

You did fantastic on the panel. I was very impressed. And so you know - the pleasure was all mine in the meeting.

Re: the veggies. If you only knew......

Posted by: Tammi at May 7, 2007 11:00 AM

Yay, you have a girl-crush on me tooo!!! was a great weekend...the bright side of parting: wasn't it great to get to bed before 2:30 AM?

Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at May 7, 2007 12:59 PM

Sarah ... you didn't need a backspace key up there, you were excellent. In fact, I was talking to many of the conference attendees and that panel was their favorite of all of them.

Wrote about it here while live blogging:

Really enjoyed meeting you and all the rest of the folks.

Posted by: McQ at May 7, 2007 01:25 PM

You SOOOOOO didn't need the backspace key. I'm still kicking myself for not writing down each and every word you said about the "anticipatory grief" (so nice to have a NAME for that!) that you talked about. I was too busy nodding my head in agreement.

It was incredible to finally meet you! I just wish we had had more time to hang out but CVG obviously monopolized all of your time ;~) (I'm kidding!).

Posted by: HomefrontSix at May 7, 2007 01:39 PM

It was great meeting you Sarah!

Posted by: Lorie Byrd at May 7, 2007 08:49 PM

I'm blushing... But really, you struck a nerve with your plea to those of us who deploy to remember that our loved ones on the homefront live from phone call to phone call and email to email in constant wonder and worry. You have made a change within me and how I'll handle my upcoming trip Sarah Grok...Thanks.

Posted by: Sgt Hook at May 11, 2007 08:13 PM

It was a pleasure meeting you as well, and thanks for the autograph on my soldiers angels plaque.

Posted by: RPL at May 15, 2007 03:51 PM