Since Tuesday, April 14 the number of readers for Homeland Security Watch has nearly doubled. There is evidence many first-time readers are coming back. Our pageviews have surged. Looks like we are being checked out.
Welcome. We hope you find good cause to keep coming back and we look forward to your questions, commentary, and — in particular — cultivating a conversation.
Most new readers come from beyond-the-beltway. For most of the blog’s history, inside-the-beltway readers have been the majority. If the new readers continue, this balance will shift.
Homeland Security Watch is a third-generation blog. By that I mean the current contributors are the third in a succession of principal contributors since December 2005. Our founder, Christian Beckner, set out the purpose as:
Homeland Security Watch is a blog that features breaking news, rigorous analysis, and informed commentary on the critical issues in homeland security today. It takes a cross-disciplinary approach to the subject of homeland security, spanning issues such as transportation security, preparedness and response, infrastructure protection, and border security. Its content is intended both for an expert-level policy audience as well as the broader general audience of people interested in homeland security. The blog is non-partisan and non-commercial.
Each of us — contributors and readers — bring predispositions to the blog. I try to be transparent regarding these biases precisely to assist readers to filter for my bias. But the blog is not flogging a particular point of view — and discourages flogging in all its forms.
Each originating contributor is responsible for allowing or editing comments to their posts. I have manually removed two comments, both spam related. I do not — yet — have an explicit policy in terms of what I might censor. But I am no fan of gratuitous vulgarity, personal attacks, or name-calling.
I appreciate — and am occasionally in awe of — the thoughtful, detailed, and generous comments by readers. Many blogs are wastelands suffocated in visceral excrement. Homeland Security Watch is akin to a late April garden, a thousand tiny shoots breaking ground, promising bounty ahead. A few early blossoms dazzle.
The best blogs, in my opinion, are dialogical. They are characterized by an ongoing conversation. We do not — yet — do enough of this. A small example emerged this last week, please see the discussion here. But we can do better listening and responding to one another. Again, welcome. Please join the discussion.