Ten years ago today, my predecessor Sean McCormack launched the Department of State’s official blog DipNote. At the time of its launch, DipNote – a term that refers to a diplomatic note, one of the many ways in which governments formally communicate with each other – was the first federal agency-wide blog. In the blog’s inaugural entry, Sean wrote that he hoped DipNote would provide “a window into the work of the people responsible for our foreign policy.”
Since the blog’s launch, State Department and USAID employees have done just that. Over this past decade, my colleagues have contributed nearly 7,500 entries to take you behind the scenes of U.S. foreign policy and offer first-person perspectives on some of the most important issues of the day. My colleagues have used the blog to share with you how we are assisting U.S. citizens overseas – always our first priority – who have been affected by the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, preventing the spread of the most dangerous weapons, and pursuing a multilateral approach to address terrorism.
They have also used the blog to share with you how you can become involved in foreign affairs, from helping to combat human trafficking, to engaging with State Department officials through one of our public outreach programs, to expanding your business abroad.
As I have previously written on this blog, I’ve been impressed by the hard work and dedication of the Foreign and Civil Service employees at the State Department and USAID. Every day, I see how State Department and USAID public servants experience their work with great pride and honor. My colleagues view their work as a calling, a duty, and an obligation to represent what is best about America to the world. I’m personally honored and humbled to have the opportunity to join them and represent the United States as Department Spokesperson.
As we mark this milestone, I want to thank our readers, who have loyally followed DipNote for a decade. We are grateful for your ongoing support. I’d also like to express my gratitude to the digital team in the State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs. You have worked tirelessly to innovate and maintain this site; on behalf of your public affairs colleagues, thank you. Finally, I want to thank all of the State Department and USAID employees who have contributed to this blog – you have helped us show how your work truly embodies America’s dedication to creating a safer and more prosperous world.
About the Author: Heather Nauert serves at State Department Spokesperson. For more from Heather, follow @StateDeptSpox on Twitter.