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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Loose Lips, Ships, and Bloggy Honesty

Hey there Lovelies! So these last few days I've been really slacking on my blog every day thing. Truth be told I've been in a kind of funk. Not a depressed stay-in-my-pajamas-and-eat-ice cream-all day type funk, more like a sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-One Tree Hill-till-my-hubby-comes-home type funk. The reason?

This past week, I learned a little more about what's in store for my little family these next few months and it's gotten me thinking about how much I should share about our personal lives here on the blog. I would love to be an open book with ya'll but because of the hubby's job and the desire not to be internet-stalked by a serial killer and murdered in my sleep (dramatic much?), I can't be. And I know all of you understand that for the most part. 

However, it always frustrates me to no end when I read cryptic posts by a blogger who hints at huge changes or problems happening in their life but gives me no clue as to what those changes or problems are. It actually takes a lot for me not to comment in big bold letters 'WHAT'S GOING ON' with about a dozen question marks (I don't because then they might think I'm that weird stalker-turned serial killer person I was talking about and not the warm caring blog reader who is simply just insanely curious about their personal life). So I apologize in advance for all the cryptic and mysterious posts you're bound to read after this. 

All this secrecy is really not my fault see--it's OPSEC's fault! Well, OPSEC and PERSEC actually. 

My fellow military spouses probably know exactly what I mean by this (yes, I recently got the OPSEC lecture), but for those of you who are wondering 'What the hay is she talking about'--let me explain. 
  • OPSEC is the military term for Operations Security; in layman terms, making sure that sensitive information, such as troop movements and other combat operations, stays out of enemy hands. Pretty much it means that if Joseph is going out on a patrol tonight in a combat zone, Joseph would be really stupid to announce the specifics of when and where on the internet. Obviously Bradley Manning will not be winning any awards for abiding by this. 
  • PERSEC means Personal Security, or the art of not announcing to the world that your family, including your large watch dog, is going on vacation for two weeks and your house (you know, the one you gave a virtual tour of on your blog with the exact layout of your television, stereo, and grandma's fine china) is all by it's lonesome.
Common sense right? Unfortunately not as much as you'd think. I myself am really struggling with not revealing all the particulars of this next year. Example--on my personal Facebook page, I asked for people's thoughts and prayers for our upcoming military adventures. Pretty vague right? Instantly about a dozen people were asking me what was going on--and here I thought no one really paid any attention to my status updates--and all I could say was life is going to get interesting. Of course, I was touched by their concern, but with only the very basics to offer for an explanation, I kind of felt like I should have kept quiet all together. 

So to help me in my quest of keeping all the exciting juicy stuff that's gonna be happening around my place on a need-to-know basis, I am adding this little man to my sidebar. 

And if you click on him, he'll bring you straight to my OPSEC policy page where you can read all about the juicy stuff you'll never be reading anywhere else on the blog! 

PS--I promise my next post will be much more interesting. 

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Loose Lips, Ships, and Bloggy Honesty

Hey there Lovelies! So these last few days I've been really slacking on my blog every day thing. Truth be told I've been in a kind of funk. Not a depressed stay-in-my-pajamas-and-eat-ice cream-all day type funk, more like a sit-on-the-couch-and-watch-One Tree Hill-till-my-hubby-comes-home type funk. The reason?

This past week, I learned a little more about what's in store for my little family these next few months and it's gotten me thinking about how much I should share about our personal lives here on the blog. I would love to be an open book with ya'll but because of the hubby's job and the desire not to be internet-stalked by a serial killer and murdered in my sleep (dramatic much?), I can't be. And I know all of you understand that for the most part. 

However, it always frustrates me to no end when I read cryptic posts by a blogger who hints at huge changes or problems happening in their life but gives me no clue as to what those changes or problems are. It actually takes a lot for me not to comment in big bold letters 'WHAT'S GOING ON' with about a dozen question marks (I don't because then they might think I'm that weird stalker-turned serial killer person I was talking about and not the warm caring blog reader who is simply just insanely curious about their personal life). So I apologize in advance for all the cryptic and mysterious posts you're bound to read after this. 

All this secrecy is really not my fault see--it's OPSEC's fault! Well, OPSEC and PERSEC actually. 

My fellow military spouses probably know exactly what I mean by this (yes, I recently got the OPSEC lecture), but for those of you who are wondering 'What the hay is she talking about'--let me explain. 
  • OPSEC is the military term for Operations Security; in layman terms, making sure that sensitive information, such as troop movements and other combat operations, stays out of enemy hands. Pretty much it means that if Joseph is going out on a patrol tonight in a combat zone, Joseph would be really stupid to announce the specifics of when and where on the internet. Obviously Bradley Manning will not be winning any awards for abiding by this. 
  • PERSEC means Personal Security, or the art of not announcing to the world that your family, including your large watch dog, is going on vacation for two weeks and your house (you know, the one you gave a virtual tour of on your blog with the exact layout of your television, stereo, and grandma's fine china) is all by it's lonesome.
Common sense right? Unfortunately not as much as you'd think. I myself am really struggling with not revealing all the particulars of this next year. Example--on my personal Facebook page, I asked for people's thoughts and prayers for our upcoming military adventures. Pretty vague right? Instantly about a dozen people were asking me what was going on--and here I thought no one really paid any attention to my status updates--and all I could say was life is going to get interesting. Of course, I was touched by their concern, but with only the very basics to offer for an explanation, I kind of felt like I should have kept quiet all together. 

So to help me in my quest of keeping all the exciting juicy stuff that's gonna be happening around my place on a need-to-know basis, I am adding this little man to my sidebar. 

And if you click on him, he'll bring you straight to my OPSEC policy page where you can read all about the juicy stuff you'll never be reading anywhere else on the blog! 

PS--I promise my next post will be much more interesting. 

Check out one of the sweetest ladies I know

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