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Friday, August 20, 2010

Weekly State Department Blog RoundUp

Welcome to the Weekly State Department Blog RoundUp for the week of August 13-20. For those of you reading this who aren't in the FS community, the WSDBRU (yup, I just invented an acronym for it) is a weekly (short) summary of what's being posted in FS blogs around the world. It is informally run by the folks at A Daring Adventure, and each week, a different member of the community hosts the roundup on his or her blog. I volunteered to take it this week as a way to introduce myself to the FS blog community and to get a better feel for the blogs that are out there. I can definitively say that it was a lot more work than I expected! It's pretty difficult to try to get around to so many of the blogs and then briefly summarize a post or two from each one. I tried to make them interesting but also not give away everything so that you would still want to go read it. I also wanted to include more pictures, but Blogger and I got into an argument about it, and unfortunately, Blogger won. Sorry about that.

I first attempted to group the posts into some meta categories to make it easier to write about them, but then I came to the realization that, although we all share the same job (more or less), our lives are extremely different. I suppose this is because we live in so many countries around the world, and each one presents its own challenges and oddities. So, I just decided to do a boring old bulleted list style rundown of the blogs I wanted to highlight. They're in no particular order, and just because I didn't include a blog doesn't mean there wasn't something interesting! Without further adieu, here we go:

There's a new genre of blogs I'd like to add to this week's roundup, though it's admittedly a bit immature as of now. Since I'm a member of the 156th A-100 (that's training, for you readers outside the FS), I thought it would be cool to highlight some of the blogs out there belonging to other members of the 156th. I'm sure the list will grow as training nears and begins, but for now, here's what's out there (note: not all of these posts happened during the last week, but let's just pretend that they did):
Well, that's about it for this week's roundup. I'm taking a long weekend to go visit some friends and my brother in Birmingham and New Orleans, so I'll be out of pocket until the middle of next week. Thanks to all of the bloggers out there who unknowingly contributed to this week's roundup. I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

Until next time... peace.


  1. Great job on your first roundup! And welcome to the FS!

  2. Hi there, Andrew!

    Thank you so very much for doing this this week! I haven't been able to keep up with much of anything AT ALL because our own family has been moving, so I'm very glad to be able to come here and see what has been going on online while I've been away!

    Welcome to the Foreign Service - it's a wonderful adventure - and thank you for introducing us all to some great new blogs out there!

  3. Awesome, good job! And thanks for the new links - more to add to the list!

  4. Matt Narciso | Teaching ESL StudentsSeptember 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    I can't TELL you guys what a treat it has been to have this picked up and hosted far and wide across the State blogosphere. Each person brings their own voice and their own ideas to the project every week, and it's just an incredible treat!

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