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Monday, July 26, 2010

The Blogging Begins

Blogging is a lot harder than you might think. Before even the first entry is written, a lot of time goes into preparing the blog for its big debut. Everything from overall style to tiny customizations are important. If the blog isn't interesting, attractive, or easy to use, then the audience won't want to come back regularly. (Of course, my audience is probably just my family, mainly - Hi Mom! - but that's beside the point.) So, from the beginning, I wanted to spend a lot of time getting everything set up correctly before I opened up the blog. Please let me know if you have suggestions for the site or for topics to post on.

My goals for the blog are simple: chronicle my life as a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) for the United States of America; enable family and friends to keep up with my daily life easily; and provide useful information and anecdotes to the Foreign Service community at large. As a result, my blog entries could be anything from what I ate for lunch yesterday to the process of becoming a Foreign Service officer to sharing tips and tricks I pick up along the way with other FSOs.

Setting out on the journey.
A photo I took in Kinsale, Ireland.
So, consider this the first post of hopefully many concerning my new life. In fact, it's truly strange to take a step back and pondering what is happening in my life at this very moment. In a few years, I'm going to look back and read these first few blog entries and remember everything that was going through my head. I'd like to invite you to join me, here, to follow along with me as I start this new thing.

I just had a moment where I thought of all the old clichés that would fit this entry. Here's a short list: opening a new chapter, riding this new wave, embarking on this new journey, setting out on this new adventure.. you get the point. The funny thing is, each of those includes the word "new." And they're all right. Everything about this is new. I plan to write an entry in a few days discussing some of these new things... forms (bureaucracy!), salary, life insurance, moving, travel, etc. I can already tell it's going to be a wild ride. (See what I just did there? Another cliché.)

I hope you'll stick with me to learn about the Foreign Service and how my life is changing. I would appreciate your participation in the comments - it will certainly help motivate me to keep writing!

For now, though, I'm going to bed. I'll see ya when I see ya.


  1. Hey, I got my first "Life Diplomatic" email! I forgot what it was at first, but I'm glad I remembered! Can't wait to read all about your life. Maybe I'll start my own medical blog... ;)

  2. Haha.. thanks Kelsey! I forgot you signed up for that! :)

  3. Hey! Just found your blog, I'm a 16 y/o boy who wants to be a diplomat and reading about your life really helps a lot! Thanks for sharing this, you really help people around the globe :D