About the Author: Luke Forgerson serves as DipNote’s Managing Editor.
In the midst of the Pittsburgh Summit and the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, I almost forgot: DipNote turns two today. It seems appropriate that two days before DipNote’s second anniversary, we passed eight million page views. So, this occasion is as much about you, our readers, as it is about DipNote.
As I reflect on the last two years, one of the things that I am most pleased about is the dedicated community that is developing around the blog. I am encouraged when I see readers contribute regularly to the dialogue and am impressed by their level of engagement in foreign affairs.
The DipNote community also helps us apply lessons learned when branching out to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and other platforms. I invite DipNote readers to join these communities, and check out DipNote for the iPhone and Blackberry.
I’m also proud of the stories of American diplomats, such as Aaron Snipe in Iraq and Thomas Weinz in the Pacific, that we’ve been able to share. And it is an honor to help our colleagues communicate about the critical issues on which they are working, whether advancing global food security or combating trafficking in persons.
Secretary Clinton stated, “Today’s 21st century statecraft is bringing together technology and the talents of our citizens to influence events in ways that previous generations could never have imagined.” I’m glad DipNote is playing an important role in these efforts.
All of us at DipNote – Jeff Jackson, Tamika Johnson, Eric Jones and Daniel Schaub – would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our readers and contributors. We look forward to continuing the conversation in the years ahead.