I’d like to announce a small project I’ve been working on for a couple of weeks, but first a little background.
There are a ton of milblogs out there today, despite increasing OPSEC concerns and the shutdown of various high-profile milbloggers like My War, This is Your War, and Armor Geddon. Keeping track of all of them is a daunting task; between the Milblog Ring, Mudville Gazette, and Milblogging.com, one can get a good picture of what’s going on, but those sites didn’t quite give me the view I wanted. What I really wanted was a centralized list of all the newest updates in one place, so I could browse them all easily.
Of course, technologies like RSS and Atom make this relatively easy – so I poked around and came up with this:
I used an open-source web-based RSS aggregator called lilina which turned out to be very slick.
The name “SIGACTS” is an abbrevation, standing for “significant actions.” It’s a term used to describe the list of events that happen every day in Iraq (or anywhere else), like IED strikes, arrests, raids, rocket attacks, and so on; these events are summarized and put on MNC-I’s (Multi-National Corps Iraq) internal network for soldiers to read. I thought it was a fitting name, since it’s a similar concept – a distillation of significant events for easy reading and absorbtion.
I only included a handful of the most popular milblogs; the list is by no means comprehensive, so if there’s one you think I should add, please post a comment or drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!