At Milblogging.com we claim to be the world's largest index of military blogs - searchable by a variety of attributes - providing an unprecedented depth of information necessary to find your favorite milblog. But we just don't allow any type of military blog to be added to our database - here's a list of rules we suggest all military bloggers live by (humor only).
I. In your blog profile, there's no need to disguise your name. Don't try and describe something you're not. If your blog name is CombatKillah or SouljahHard, and your job on deployment is to cook or listen to the radio in the JOC all day, change your name to DoughBoy or JocRoach. You should be proud of your role in the military. Readers want to hear "How to serve Boiled Hot Dogs 10 Days Straight". You'll be on Technorati's Top 100 before you know it.
II. Soldiers, sailors, whoever - there's no need to write dramatic tales about doing nothing. Even I'm guilty of it. Unless you survived the Battle of Fallujah or some other major attle, don't belittle other historic events by talking-up your walk from your hooch to the latrene as you IMT in three to five second rushes. Trust me, readers back home aren't going to turn to your blog as a daily source of the real war. If you're blogging from Fort Pickett or some other base in the States and you haven't been deployed, don't waste your time. Do you really think readers care?
III. Don't milblog just because others are doing it. Just because you're good at one thing, doesn't mean you'll be good at another. Take the hint. When your site meter reads 12 visitors in the last six months, unplug it. That, or start writing about something more interesting. If you failed English in high school and you don't know how to use spellchecker, you should spend your time doing correspondence courses, not milblogging.
IV. Don't tell readers about military plans. It's worse than treason. You should be punished. Having your blog shutdown and crying over it will be the least of your worries. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, don't blog at all. For milbloggers that do all kinds of secret squirrel stuff and remain anonymous, it's not too hard to reveal the source. The blogs usually look a little like this: ckljlutio: I'm sitting in Andar, tomorrow we plan to air assault in at approximately 1430 zulu, grid coordinates Uniform Alpha...(blah blah blah). It's only a matter of time before someone important figures out who you are. Remember, Military Intelligence.