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Bloggers at Sea

image I’ll be spending a night on the USS Nimitz at the end of the month with 15 major bloggers.  Scary = we’re flying to the ship mid-ocean, landing on the deck.

Stay tuned for a lot more detail as I share the story on this blog.  I look forward to getting to know what life is like for the thousands who live and work in this floating city.

Thanks to Guy Kawasaki, who set up the trip. Read about his visit to the USS Stennis.  The other participants are Charlene Li, Beth Blecherman, Jennifer Leo, Jenny Lawson, Pamela Slim, Penelope Trunk, Jennifer Van Grove. Jennifer Jones, Guy Kawasaki, Bill Reichert, Jefferson Wagner, Robert Scoble, Mike Arrington, and Steve Wozniak.

The first lesson is one I’ve shared before:  If you want bloggers to write about you, just ask.  Invite them over to see what you do.  It works for the Navy & Marines, for all sorts of companies, and it will work for you.  Here’s a detailed plan for Molson’s blogger outreach day. Don’t make it too complicated — just invite folks to see what you do.

(Here are all the related posts about the trip.)

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  1. Sean McDonald May 4, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    Andy
    You will be treated like VIPs – that is SOP (standard operating procedures) for bringing non military, press, capitol hill onto afloat Navy ship. To get the true story, talk to the enlisted men/women of the ship. Go see where they eat, work, sleep; that will give you a true appreciation of life at sea in the Navy vs. crafted VIP tours of Officer Country, Captains Quarters, the bridge, flight operations. I used to give those tours to congressmen, senators.
    Enjoy your time at sea. I spent 7 years with the US Navy, learned a lot, gained greater appreciation for the men and women that sacrafice every day. If you feel sea sick go to center of the ship at the lowest level, you sense less motion at that point of the ship.
    Sean McDonald, LT, USNR – R

  2. Brian Dunbar May 4, 2009 at 6:49 pm #

    Awesome – I envy your trip.
    Don’t be a hero – take the Dramamine before you fly out. Once you _get_ seasick it’s too late.
    And yes, enjoy the trip and the chow and the VIP treatment. If you get a chance to see what life is like for the enlisted, do that as well. I don’t know what enlisted berthing is like on a carrier but aboard an LST we were very cozy.
    If the Marines offer you a chance to fire small arms off the fantail, jump at that. Nothing says ‘fun’ like a few hundred rounds of small-arms fire on the government dime.
    And it’s not a waste – they have to fire-off the old stuff as they rotate new stocks in.

  3. Jake McKee May 16, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Did I mention I hate you? Yep, hate you.
    I’m so jealous it’s not even funny. I hope to get my title shot for this one day! :)
    Have a good time, can’t wait to hear more!

  4. Clay Hebert May 30, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    Have a great time, Andy. What an amazing group of bloggers.
    A good friend of mine is stationed on the Nimitz in San Diego. I’ll tell him to make sure you guys are taken care of.

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