One year ago today, Eric and I launched On Violence. To commemorate our first year, we decided to do (what else?) a link drop of what we think is our best work from the past year.
We appreciate all the support from readers and friends. There are too many people to thank, but we'll say this: it is always nice to feel like you aren't just shouting off into space, and that some people are actually reading.
Frankly, we're kind of surprised at how far we have come. Going over our posts from the last year, we think the quality of our writing, and clarity of our ideas, has improved dramatically. We have over a 1,000 twitter followers and a 134 fans on facebook. We've had articles published on Thomas Rick's blog The Best Defense, writetodone.com, problogger.net, milblogging.com, and others. Our traffic has increased every month.
Though we don't know where we will be exactly in the next year, (hint, hint: deployment) On Violence will keep going strong; we have at least two year's worth of stories, gripes, complaints, opinions, reviews and philosophical musings to share. Expect our regular schedule to continue, and expect to see our work popping up in old media and around the blogosphere. We also hope to launch at least one new blog project within in the year. We'll keep you up to date.
Finally, how you can help. Tell your friends and followers about On Violence. Invite all your friends to become fans of our On Violence facebook page. Tweet this post for us today. Give us a shout out on followfriday (#ff). Drop us an email with what you like (or don't like) about our blog. Send us a guest post. Add us to your blogroll. And please, comment on our posts because we want to hear your opinion.
Were You Scared?
Operation Judgment Day
Hey Michael, What Did You Do Out There?
Fear and Black Hawk Down
Mistaking Goats for the Taliban
Philosophy of Violence-
Violence in Context
Arcs of Fire
Why Leaders Make the ROE
Is Waste (in Warfare) Immoral?
A DMV, a Contractor, and a Captain Walk into a Bar
National Security with a License to Kill, or Torture
Failed States, Terrorism, and Afghanistan
Why We Love "Cool Runnings"...Oh, and Globalization
PowerPoint is Not a Children’s Story Book: 5 Ways to Improve your PowerPoint Presentations
Our Fashion Conscious Army: Order, Discipline, and Good Looks
Art of Violence-
When They ARE Out to Get You...
Executioner's Song -- When On V Disagrees -- Song Battle Pt. 1 and Pt. 2
The "Battle Mentality" of Hollywood
Degrees of War
The Sword and the Joystick
(Photo) Graphic Truths
Unleash the Dogs of War
A Million Little Memoirs
Generation Kill vs. One Bullet Away
The Litmus Test: 9 Things Every War Memoir Should Include (But Don't)
Propaganda Week: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
Defining Political War Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4
The Battle for Algiers Week Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4
Academy Award Series Part 1, 2, 3, and 4
My Tributes to Two Fallen Heroes, Lucas Beachnaw Part 1, Mark Daily Part 2, and a Guest Post
Guest Posts at On Violence-
Guest Post: 15 Bullets by Matty P.
Guest Post: Coming Back and Moving Forward - PTSD and the Military by Chris C.
Guest Post: Rainbow by Matty P.
On V in Other Places-
- Rebecca’s war dog of the week: K2, the weenie of Afghanistan at Thomas Rick's blog, The Best Defense
- What It Means to Be Anti-War at Chris C's blog, the Opinion Spigot
- The Golden Rule of Writing and Ten Writing Rules You Can't Break and How to Break Them at WritetoDone.com
- 9 Things Bloggers Can and Can't Learn from the Military at problogger.net