Some weeks ago I was informed this blog, To Inform is to Influence, was nominated for a Defence IQ Blogging award, today I received the notification I was
on the “shortlist” of finalists.
This blog initially got off to a rocky start. MountainRunner.us was about to “go dark” because Matt Armstrong had accepted a government job, so I agreed to cover Public Diplomacy in his absence. Late last year Matt’s office was closed down by an act of congress, so his blog is running again, but I have continued covering PD, it’s related and fascinating.
My writing style has changed dramatically. Initially I wrote in the fashion I typically have written my entire life, in tediously detailed tomes. I was repeatedly asked to shorten my articles. Typically my blogs were 1,500 words, that just was how I wrote. Now, my blogs are between 500 and 1,000 words.
I teach a graduate course on Information Operations and I am writing a new textbook, many of my topics coincidence with subjects in the book… but I try to change the subject as often as possible.
I also waited three or more days between blogs. But there were so many great subjects that can and should be included in a blog on IO, anything from Information Operations in general, to cyber, to psychological operations/MISO, to Operations Security, to deception, to propaganda, public diplomacy and strategic communication. Now I can knock out three or four blogs a day. Some might say I write them in my sleep and I might agree.
My perspective regarding various parts of IO have changed, often daily. If I would ever meet the ‘me’ from 15 years ago, I probably wouldn’t recognize what I was saying as what I now think is IO. Coming to grips with the concept of strategic versus tactical IO, alone, is sobering. Read my book, you’ll see.
I am honored to be nominated along with other blogs that I have been reading for many years. Here is the entire list so that you might visit them all, a new resource list!
Cyber (Security, Warfare, Strategy)
- Ink Spots
- Gunpowder & Lead
- Intel Wire
- The Freedom Fighter Blog
- Security Scholar
- All Things Counter Terrorism
- Window on Heartland
- The MOD Stole My Boyfriend
- Thin Pinstriped Line
- Augen Geradeaus
- Think Defence
- AOL Defense
- Fire Support
- Land Warfare Blog
- Defence Aerospace Technological Advancement
- Strategy Analytics
- Danger Room
- RAF Airman
The Defence IQ panel will now convene to choose a winner in each category.
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