I started blogging last year because I had some things to say, but wasn’t sure if a blog was the way to go or not. But because of you–the thousands of readers from an astonishing 75 different countries who have visited, commented, and subscribed to True Boots–this has been an overwhelming success.
My 2013 was fantastic, and you came along with me on True Boots:
— I got home from my third tour in Afghanistan
— I highlighted some great work and great happenings with organizations like Warrior Writers, Exit 12 Dance Company, the Truman National Security Project, the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, and Team Rubicon
— I took on subjects like women in combat, the Taliban, the future for Afghan women, the crisis in Syria, elections in Pakistan and New York City, evolving policy with Iran, upheaval in Egypt, Obamacare, veterans’ mental health, sexual harassment in the military, government conspiracies, and accounting problems in the Afghan National Army
— I gave a try at food blogging
— I shared some of my experiences with Team Rubicon, helping with disaster relief in the Philippines
According to my WordPress stats, my top most-read posts of 2013 were:
- “The Favored Daughter”: An Unstoppable Afghan Woman
- Chicago Dispatch: Defense Entrepreneurs Conference
- The “Oh Hell No” Intervention: Changing Incentives on Sexual Assault in the Military
- My Obamacare Experience
My favorite key word search leading readers to my blog was “true boots of speed.” (I may have to develop a blog post with that title.) Other key word searches were about what you’d expect, but there were a few weird standouts:
- “toiletry stockpile for a year”
- “godzilla conspiracy”
- “why do afghan women come out at night”
My best, least-read posts from 2013 that you might’ve missed:
- True Boots: Walkin’ Lawton
- “War is Sadness”: An Evening with Sebastian Junger
- “Music is in our past, our present, and our future”
- True Boots: Margaret “Captain Molly” Corbin
- Trail Notes: Got Gunpowder?
I appreciate everyone reading, commenting, sharing, subscribing, and otherwise interacting with True Boots. Life is busy, but you’ve chosen to spend some of your valuable time on what I have to say. Thank you.
Here’s to 2014 with more True Boots!