Why I keep blogging

After I got back from Afghanistan in May of 2007, I wondered if I would keep this blog up or not. Part of me wanted to quit blogging so I could focus on other things and put Afghanistan behind me, but part of me wanted to keep the word out there, and not let the country and the great things our soldiers are doing there fall off the radar.

My first decision was to at least blog for a few months to talk about the reunification process. As I gathered stats on the traffic coming to my site, I realized that the interest never waned and many people kept coming to this site in order to hear about Afghanistan and what was happening there.

So why am I still blogging now that I have been back for 18 months? Because of emails like the one below, which I got yesterday.

“My husband is deployed in Afghanistan right now and I just wanted to say thank you for being one of the folks who gets me through each day.

I was a company commander during the first Gulf War and that seems like a boy scout outing compared to what is going on out there now.

Thanks for your compassion for soldiers…”

Yep, to know that there are Americans out there who are being helped by this blog is a big reason of why I spend so many hours out of my life keeping this blog up.

Bouhammer Out…

7 thoughts on “Why I keep blogging”

  1. Keep blogging! I look forward to it every day and appreciate the time you spend blogging. If we had to depend on the MSM we would never know what is happening over there. Keep up the great work Son!

  2. Troy,

    I agree with that military wife. My son is in Afghanistan and reading you helps me get through the days, understand a tiny bit better where he is and what he may be going through. I found your site just before the NY 101st deployed and although I don’t check everyday, you and your site have become a big part of the almost daily ritual when I sit at the computer.
    So, I too thank you for sharing your experiences,your insights, your emotions with all of us. God bless.


  3. Your blog was one of those I started reading over a year ago when I was looking for information about what was happening in A’stan (I needed to know).
    I was delighted to see you continue blogging after you returned home. The amount of blogs that fall off the radar after redeploying back to the states leaves a void in the info world that I find frustrating.

    So please keep on getting the word out. There are so many who read milblogs to try to catch a glimpse into what their loved ones are going thru and seeing.

    Just in case I’ve never said it before…Thank you!!

  4. You’re doing a great job – keep it up. My son is over there with the 27th as is yours. I read your blog every day to try to keep up with events there.

  5. Thanks for your service to our great country, in addition to taking the time to keep up on Afghanistan and blogging about it.

    I am Texas National Guardsman currently enrolled in Command and General Staff College. I will get to spend a couple of weeks at home during the Christmas Holidays, then will jump the pond and head to the “Rock Pile”.

    The Washington Post had an article in yesterday’s paper, U.S. to Boost Presence Near Kabul. In summary, MG Schloesser is going to put one of the new brigades in the Wardak and Logar provinces. We lost three there in June by ambush and it was also the sight where the UH60 was shot down last month.

    What piqued my interest in this article, was MG Schloesser’s quote in regard’s to Operation Lionheart, which is a synchronization effort with the Pakistan, Afghanistan, and U.S. military conducting border operations.

    “None of these things are the thing that’s going to be the tipping point. But each and every one of them, as you add them, they are important in terms of adding to overall security. Just the ability to work on both sides of this very tough border, to talk to each other, to have complementary operations – it’s encouraging.”

    My question to you, a question that is on the mind of a lot of people in this country and others that are prosecuting the war in Afghanistan, what is the “tipping point”? You been there and I value your opinion. Can you give me an assessment on how long you think we will still be engaged and what needs to be done to ensure success?

    Thanks again for your efforts in your blogging. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

    MAJ Pollock
    Staff Group 29A

  6. Happy Thanksgiving and thanks so much for keeping this blog up . It helps those of us who have had friends and family there more than you will ever know 🙂

  7. As the father of a 2/7 Marine I can’t thank you enough for doing what you do. As I write this reply my son and his brothers are boarding a plane and are on their way home. Thanksgiving will truly be a wonderful time at our house. Please keep up the great work for the families of the 3/8. We will be praying for them and also for the families of those 2/7 Marines (heroes) who did not make it back. God bless them and their families.

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