Putting State Department Bloggers on the Map:
View State Department Bloggers in a larger map
Click here to see a larger version of this map with a list of all of the places and bloggers.
Purple Pins: Current Posts
Yellow Pins: Former Posts
Aqua Pins: Future Posts
I developed this map because I'd always thought that it would be wonderful if there was an easy way to link State bloggers with their current or past posts. State bloggers are living at post/taking pictures of post/talking about their areas, and are a treasure trove for folks considering bidding on or heading to that post. It also helps us all stay connected with each other.
Furthermore, I am constantly getting emails from people wanting to know if I know of a State blogger in (name anywhere on the planet)!
The map is fully interactive- go put your cursor on it. You can move it around, click on the pins, zoom in and out, etc. You can also click here to go to a larger version of the map. Viewing this larger version is a much better bet if you want to more than just glance at it, and the bigger version is better for those with slow internet connections, for it lists all the pins on the side of the page.
RULES FOR THE MAP:
1.) I would never add a blog unless asked to by the blogger. If you're a State blogger and would like to have a pin placed on the map (representing a current - purple - or even a past - yellow - or future - aqua - post you've blogged about), just leave me a comment here or email me at: a_daring_adventure(at sign)yahoo.com and I'll glady add you! The more blogs get added, the more useful the map will be!
2.) When I add a blog, Google sticks the "pin" in an exact latitude/longitude location. My first choice, for safety reasons, is to drop the pin in a large body of water (like an ocean or lake), because that makes it totally obvious that you don't live or work there. If that's not available close by, I use other locations like national parks, borders, etc. - I'm looking for areas that obviously can't be where you are. Be sure to check your pin and its blog link for accuracy (I can also add whatever biographical information you'd like in the information section) AND, for safety reasons, be sure the pin hasn't been dropped anywhere near where you actually live!
3.) While I hate (HATE!) to exclude anyone at any time, I am putting pins up on this map only for hired State personnel. I hate that this excludes, especially since some of my favorite State blogs are applicants... but I promise I'll add pins the minute any blogging applicant starts A-100 or Specialist class!