By Lex, on December 8, 2006
Sh!t you never saw coming – got this in the mail today:
Dear Neptunus Lex,
My name is (withheld). I am writing to you from Penthouse Magazine. I’m a long time fan of milblogs, so I’m reaching out to you concerning a new military feature we are starting at Penthouse. Penthouse is currently taking a new, more mainstream direction, and we want first-person military accounts to be a part of our magazine. I’m putting a more detailed description of what we are looking for below.
I was hoping that you would post this description on neptunuslex.com If you are interested in Penthouse advertising on your site, please let me know. Please feel free to forward this email to any other soldiers or milbloggers who might be interested.
Please email me back if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks very much for your time.
Penthouse is looking for a few good stories from our men and women serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond. There are more than a hundred thousand Americans fighting overseas and we want to hear about your experiences. If you have access to a computer and you have a perspective to share or a story to tell, we want to hear from you, and we‚Äôll hopefully publish your words in an upcoming issue of Penthouse. What you post is up to you: You can write about camaraderie or valor, the flak jacket you‚Äôve grown to love or the new uniform you‚Äôve come to hate. You can gripe about midterm elections, describe the most dangerous road in Afghanistan, or explain the difficulty explaining the war to friends back home.
As you know, the mainstream American media doesn‚Äôt always bring us the whole story of the war and rarely reports back on the way servicemen are living during wartime. We want to know about the rations you‚Äôre tired of eating, the jokes you‚Äôre telling, the music you‚Äôre listening to, and the sex you‚Äôre having (and not having). We want to know about how you feel about your equipment, your leaders, your enemy. We want to know how you manage your affairs back home, how you feel when you get there, where you go on leave, and what you do to blow off steam. Every month, we‚Äôd like to tell your stories in the pages of Penthouse.
Penthouse has a long tradition of supporting US veterans and servicemen that began in 1975 with some of the first articles that addressed the struggles of the Vietnam veterans at the time. Now we want to recommit to our coverage of U.S. military personnel by creating a monthly feature where you can share your thoughts with our readers and the people back home. Our hope is that we can run a number or your email postings in every issue of Penthouse until you‚Äôre all back home. Length doesn‚Äôt matter: a great three-sentence post can be as powerful and expressive as a three-page email. We merely ask that you be honest and concise and include a photo if you‚Äôd like. We also ask that you specify whether or not you would like to use real name and rank in the posting, or whether you would prefer to remain anonymous. If you choose to post anonymously we promise to protect your identity.
Thanks for your time and keep up the good work.
So. I got that going for me. Which is…