November 10, 2007

Back from Vegas, Off to Fallujah

I'm briefly home from the Blog World and New Media Expo in Las Vegas and will be leaving for Fallujah in less than 24 hours. Sorry I haven't had much content here lately, but I've been busy and it has been difficult to find time to write. I should have a bit of downtime in Kuwait, though, before I go up into Iraq. I can write then.

The good news is that I won the 2007 Weblog Awards in the Best Middle East or Africa Blog category. Thanks so much to everyone who supported me. I had some tough competition, not only from my friends at Iraq the Model, but also from My Marrakesh, which took second place. That site is a delightful discovery if you haven't yet seen it. The photos are luscious, and much better than mine.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at November 10, 2007 01:14 PM

Congratulations Michael well deserved. Keep up the good work and good luck in Fallujah.

Posted by: joefrommass at November 10, 2007 03:30 PM

Congrads Michael!..wish I could have joined y'all in Vegas..I won too!..WomanHonorThyself

Posted by: Angel at November 10, 2007 06:35 PM

Congratulations, Michael. You got my vote. Keep safe in Fallujah. Your reporting out of Iraq is a light shining in the darkness to us (your readers) and reminder to the MSM of what journalism is really about.

Posted by: Rob at November 11, 2007 01:57 AM

I hope Fallujah is pleasant enough that I could say "Have a good time in Fallujah" like I would say "Have a good time in Vegas." I know it's not quite, but that is what I wish for the people of Iraq.

So have a good time in Fallujah! At least the weather won't be so punishing.

Posted by: Yehudit at November 11, 2007 09:40 AM

Congrats Michael !! You deserve it - you have helped me immensely to be more sympathetic to the Iraqi people no matter how badly politicians in the US or Iraq have bungled and destroyed support for the war.

When almost everyone in the MSM kept telling how hopeless Iraq is, your coverage and reporting about the surge gave me more hope than ever before.

Keep up the good work and stay safe.

Posted by: Nagarajan Sivakumar at November 11, 2007 10:13 AM

May you not need helmet and bulletproof vest.

Please, stay safe.

Posted by: leo at November 12, 2007 07:06 AM

Well deserved award. Keep up the good work.
I am more knowledgable about ME than any of my friends thanks to your blog lol.

Posted by: Won at November 12, 2007 07:36 AM

It was good meeting you at the Weblog Awards ceremony, Michael. The Awards have called attention to quality sites one may not have known before. When you get settled let's interview you via webcam, as discussed.
Courage and blessings,
Finalist, Best Video Blog

Posted by: DemoCast at November 12, 2007 11:45 AM

Congratulations, well deserved, Michael.

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Posted by: gabriel christou at November 12, 2007 06:05 PM
Winner, The 2007 Weblog Awards, Best Middle East or Africa Blog

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