A letter from Heath Kern, DipNote's
All of us at DipNote want to thank you for your participation and interest in our blog. Our successful launch was due in large part to the enthusiasm and interest of our readers, bloggers, and all of you whom have commented over the past three months.
Having given a series of talks over the past few weeks, I have been thrilled, and a little surprised, by the genuine disbelief that a cabinet level agency could have started a legitimate blog complete with criticism and contrary opining. Thanks to great leadership in the State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs and beyond, we were given a green light to start a dialogue with the general public. In turn, I have been consistently impressed with the thoughtful and erudite comments we have received on a wide variety of foreign policy issues.
Since launch, we have made a strong attempt to get you on-the-ground blogging and will continue to strive for more of this in 2008. Also in the new year, we plan on addressing design/redesign issues, upgrading the design and functionality of our photo gallery, launching a micro blogging effort via Twitter, and embarking on joint partnerships to provide further opportunities for an interactive user experience. And, of course, we will continue to provide as much behind the scenes content as possible.
Finally, without the participation of our State Department bloggers we would not have a blog. To all of you who have taken the time to write for us, many thanks. I am greatly appreciative for the consistency with which so many of you at the State Department have provided us with material.
We wish you all a happy holiday season and a festive new year. Be sure to take a look at our “Christmas in Kabul” entry to see how one of our officers is celebrating the season miles away from home. We look forward to welcoming you back to DipNote in ’08 and furthering the dialogue.