March 16, 2013
A note from T. McCreary
Military.com has enjoyed bringing together military bloggers and military spouse bloggers for seven years with our MilBlog conference. The networking and camaraderie that took place as milblogging evolved from a small group of voices giving first person accounts of the war and the effects on the family, to a front and center resource and recognized media medium, was superb.
As we entered planning for this year’s conference we realized that much has changed in the military environment, in the new media environment and in the economy. As such, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the MilBlog conference. We know that many of you will be disappointed and we understand that this was an event you looked forward to and planned for, but we also know that this is the right thing to do today.
The good news is we still plan to hold the MilBloggie Awards, although they will be held totally online as they were in the beginning. We’ve spoken with JP Borda and nominations will begin Monday, April 22, 2013 and final winners will be announced Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Winners will still receive an engraved award and will be featured on Military.com. We look forward to honoring those who are continuing to speak for the military community through their prolific blogs.
Thank you for many wonderful years of gathering together. We will continue to look for creative ways to service the military media community by being part of other new media events. Thank you for all that each and every one of you do to document, detail, and celebrate the military. Your writing has changed the way in which people view those who serve and their families. You’ve commanded an audience with a president and national security advisors and warranted the presence of the military’s highest levels of leadership at the conference. You’ve put faces on the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen; and you’ve allowed America to see the challenges and benefits of military life.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Sarah Blansett on our staff at email@example.com.
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