It all started with me reading this. I thought to myself, “Really? Jen is like one of the bestest FS bloggers out there who’s blog I constantly look to for advice, insight, humor, and just downright know-how.” Then I decided to actually check out the careers.state.gov blogroll to see who was on it.
See, it all started out in 2010 or so, when we doing the whirlwind thing in DC, then literally just arrived at our first post when I received this email:
Recently you gave us permission to utilize excerpts of your blog posts on INTERNational Connections, the U.S. Department of State’s career-networking site for current and former interns. While we’re just getting that content-sharing program off the ground, we’ve already received great feedback on how helpful your content has been to those thinking about pursuing a career with the U.S. Department of State.
With that in mind, we’d like to expand our cooperation with you. We’re currently in the process of completely overhauling the Careers website (http://careers.state.gov) to help provide prospective candidates with more authentic first-hand and relevant content that’s easier to find. As part of this content, we’d like to feature a link to your blog (dp’s blog), as part of a blog-roll on the site. This would simply be a direct link to your site, with none of your content featured directly on careers.state.gov.
Please acknowledge that you’re fine with this scenario; please let me know if you have any questions about this initiative. Thanks!
A FSS working in Washington
Wow! I thought. I’m like famous, or something. Well, at least amongst the ridiculously small community of trailing-spouse bloggers here in the Foreign Service. And State had recognized me as having something important to say! Golly-gee-willikers, I was excited.
So I continued blogging about what goes on in my life abroad on a semi-consistent basis. See, when you’re living abroad, running a household, keeping everyone on schedule, getting chores and errands done, trying to have a social life, etc. blogging can become kind of secondary. It’s not that I don’t want to do it, it’s just that at the end of the day either I feel like there’s absolutely nothing to say, or I’m too damn tired or frustrated to say anything at all. I was averaging about a post every 2 to 3 weeks. Not bad when you’re Mr. Mom.
So, after reading Jen’s post, I got curious. I checked the careers.state.gov blogroll to see if I was still there. Nope. Not a trace. Maybe it had something to do with a forced 3 or so week hiatus that came down from above. Maybe it had to do with the fact that much of my content was kind of negative on some level. I don’t know…. nor do I really care. I write about the realities of my life in the Foreign Service, good or bad, and plan on doing so for as long as I’m permitted to.
Moving forward, since we’re getting so close to pack-out and home leave, I’ll be trying to pick up the writing and give helpful pointers about pack-out, as well as the usual horror stories that I’m sure will come with it. This is where I’ve turned to others’ blogs to gauge my perceived level of insanity. “Has anyone else experienced this? Yes? Then I should probably just shut up.”
We continue to enjoy the lovely TDY in London, as Son and I are getting as much done as possible in the remaining week-plus we have here. Once we get back to SDO, it’s more house-arrest style living rather than being able to roam the city aimlessly without the always-looming threat of being robbed, harassed, kidnapped, or killed.
London has shown me that I miss the first world so much: I miss the markets; the museums; the public transportation; being able to walk around; good food; fresh and abundant ingredients… but I’ll be back there shortly. Maine and a month of solitude/tranquility can’t come soon enough.