Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has stepped into the blogosphere.
He is now authoring “Leadership Journal,” a blog under the official banner of the department. So far, he has posted once, on Wednesday, asking whether 9/11 was fading.
The blog has a very detailed and clear comment policy, and it appears that, after only 6 comments on the blog, the site administrator has already deleted one.
Kudos to DHS for putting themselves out there. I still have doubts that this will truly be a transparent conversation, or that Chertoff will keep up the blogging, for that matter (if he is indeed wrote his post himself).
My advice: Do more than censor comments; respond to them. Ask questions of your readers. Promote the existence of the blog with key online influencers who blog about national security — I know there are one or two out there… or a few hundred.
Welcome to the blogosphere, Mr. Secretary.