A brand new way to support the troops and send them a piece of home.
Last night, I sent an email with a hot link to a guy I know who has a blog. He replied that he'd been 'deployed' and that not only was he unable to open the link I'd sent, he couldn't even access his OWN site, just to see how it looks in the hands of the friends with whom he entrusted it during his absence.
So, I did screen captures of both sites so that they'd show a few day's worth of posts, cropped them to remove the ads and the extraneous stuff in the sidebars and converted it all to jpegs and sent them all as attachments in an email. I've done this several times when I needed to point something visual out on a post in an email, because words could not convey my meaning.
I thought to myself, that the reason the military was not allowing access might be for security reasons, after all, someone could make an innocent mistake in commenting to a blog and all hell would break loose. But I figure if the military is allowing FoxNews in Iraq, then the denying of access to some blogs was NOT because of news, content or political bent, but more likely the need to prevent interaction between those in theater and the general public. Makes sense to me.
That got me to thinkin', always a dangerous thing, and I came up with a way for anyone to help keep a friend or loved one in the armed services and deployed overseas in touch with their favorite blogs.