I made it to the last milblog conference, but couldn't make it to this one due to a prior engagement. I hear some nice folks were there, and KY Woman, Tankerbabe, and the USO gals have a decent recap. The conference even got media attention from the Washington Times (h/t JP):
They are passionate, committed and courageous. They work long hours without much hope of fame or fortune. They believe in their cause and are united by a strong urge to serve the troops. These are the military bloggers who attended the 2009 milblog conference at the Westin Arlington Gateway hotel Friday and Saturday.Thanks for the puff piece, ma'am, but those goons in the MSM missed the most important blogger there: The Sniper. Overlooking the beloved, drunken lout who brings offensive military humor to the masses is a slap in the face to offensive bloggers everywhere (a sub-genre I'm working up to). This injustice will not stand. Oh, and they thought TSO was Paul Rieckhoff. But that's just funny.
Many milbloggers are former or current members of the armed forces; others are spouses and parents who are familiar with the issues and want the rest of America to understand their concerns. They come from all walks of life. Yet they share a camaraderie that is instant and infectious: If you are present, you immediately feel welcome.