Foreign Service Blogs

Last Updated 4/9/14

Below is an extensive—though not comprehensive—list of Foreign Service blogs. This collection is intended as a way to highlight and share the creative talents in our diplomatic and development corps. The blogs give insight into work and life in the U.S. Foreign Service around the world. Students, FS candidates and the general public should find blogs of interest here.

Please note that almost all of these blogs are personal and unofficial and do not represent the views of AFSA or any of the foreign affairs agencies. This list was compiled by Danielle Derbes for the June 2011 The Foreign Service Journal, and is updated regularly. If you know of an FS blog that is not on this list or would like your own blog added or removed, please e-mail You may also want to check out Matt Keene's "Speaking Out" column from the December 2011 issue - "FS Blogging: An Opportunity, Not a Threat." For AFSA’s guidance on personal use of social media, including blogging, please click here.

Official Blogs and Resources

  1. Dipnote
  2. Foggy Bottom Rambles (Family Liaison Office resource for unaccompanied tours)

State Department Foreign Service Officers

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service Officers with the Department of State. They cover all FS generalist career tracks: political, public affairs, economic, consular and management—and include everyone from new A-100 new hires to ambassadors.

  1. A World Safari
  2. Adventures Around the World
  3. Adventures in Good Countries
  4. Ambassador Michael C. Polt
  5. Ambassador's Blog
  6. Consul-at-Arms II
  7. Dear Diary: Travels in the Foreign Service
  8. Deeblog
  9. Erica Green
  10. Just another Foreign Service Officer's Blog
  11. Kitty Non Grata
  12. Life After Jerusalem
  13. Mabsuta Bideshi - Happy Foreigner?
  14. Neither Here Nor There
  15. Red Licorice and Jujubes
  16. Rock Star in Dhaka
  17. Sadie Abroad
  18. Switzerland
  19. Tabbies in Tow
  20. Ted Cross Blog
  21. Texpatica (added February 2014)
  22. The B Files
  23. The Kathmandu Diaries
  24. The Slow Move East
  25. Wanderings of a Cheerful Stoic
  26. Where in the World am I?
  27. World Wide Matel
  28. Worldwide Availability
  29. You Can Call Me Al

USAID Foreign Service Officers

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

  1. Address Unknown (added April 2014)
  2. Amy Gottleib Photography and Blog
  3. The Americans WILL Come! (added June 2013)
  4. WoodLand Travels

FCS Foreign Service Officers

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service officers with the Foreign Commercial Service.

  1. Global American Technology Alliance (added March 2014)

State Department Foreign Service Specialists

These are the personal journal blogs of Foreign Service Specialists.

  1. 110 to 220
  2. Are We There Yet?
  3. Foreign Service Specialist
  4. Gwen's Adventures in the Foreign Service
  5. Inflight Movie
  6. My Journey to Join the U.S. Foreign Service (added April 2013)
  7. NP Worldview
  8. Phenomenal Phnews (added June 2013)
  9. The Accidental Diplomat
  10. The OpSec Blog

Foreign Service Spouses and Partners

The spouses and partners of the Foreign Service make terrific bloggers! Their posts contain interesting stories and observations from their everyday lives that demonstrate how cultural differences affect the FS family while abroad. For those applicants considering what impact FS life would have upon their spouse or partner, these blogs will provide a wealth of insight on managing careers, raising children abroad, handling moves and dealing with the other challenges of FS life. They will also provide candid, first-hand accounts of the opportunities that FS life has opened up for the bloggers.

  1. A Daring Adventure
  2. A Diplomat's Wife
  3. Adventures by Aaron
  4. Beyond Kimchee
  5. Beyond the Cornfields
  6. Crafty Foreign Service
  7. DiploDad (added February 2014)
  8. Diplomatic Baggage
  9. DP's Blog
  10. E-mail From the Embassy
  11. En Route to Nowhere
  12. Fighting the War at Home (added August 2013)
  13. From the Back of Beyond
  14. Global Bayou Girl
  15. Hot Pot
  16. Inner Beauty
  17. Just US
  18. La Vie Overseas
  19. Lindsey Mae's Blog
  20. Moppyseed Puffin
  21. Most Eligible Family
  22. Novakistan
  23. Place2place
  24. Reflections From A Global Nomad (added May 2013)
  25. Schlink Attack (added February 2014)
  26. She Traveled Far (added March 2014)
  27. Small Bits
  28. Something Edited This Way Comes
  29. Spectrummy Mummy
  30. Stumble Abroad
  31. The Perlman Update
  32. The World That We Live In
  33. Toddle Joy: The Joys of Toddling in Siam and Beyond
  34. Trailing Husband
  35. Tuk & Tam
  36. Well, That Was Different
  37. Wife Mommy Woman: In that Order

Both Spouses

The both-spouses approach is a popular way for FS couples to communicate their shared experiences. Some of these bloggers are 'tandem couples,' meaning that both the husband and the wife are Foreign Service employees. Their blogs provide two different perspectives on life at their post, as well as insight on the challenges and opportunities that the FS has presented in their relationships.

  1. Abu Halen (posted February 2014)
  2. Criplomats (tandem)
  3. Cyberbones
  4. Diplomatic Mom: My Journey as a FSO, Wife and Mom
  5. Grawburg 2009
  6. Hello Talalay
  7. Masha and Jeremy went to Afghanistan
  8. Next Stop.....the World! (added February 2014)
  9. Nick and Liz Go Global
  10. Pierson Peregrinations (added April 2013)
  11. Short Term Memory
  12. The Más Allá
  13. Towels Packed, Will Travel
  14. Travel Orders
  15. Two Crabs
  16. Vladi-What??
  17. Where to Next?

Foreign Service Families

The family newsletter is a popular form of blogging for FS employees and family members. The family sets up a collective blog to provide an account of their lives for friends and family back home. The FS employee and spouse are usually the main bloggers, with FS kids writing the occasional post. These blogs provide first-hand accounts of family life abroad and raising children in the FS.

  1. A Fisher Out of Water
  2. By the Where?
  3. Elise and Paul +2
  4. Globehoppers
  5. Kids with Diplomatic Immunity
  6. Lees on the Go
  7. Monestel Family Odyssey
  8. Noble Glomads: Life of an FSO Family
  9. Our "Orient Express"
  10. Our Life: From My Point of View
  11. Our Yuppie Life
  12. Pulling Stakes
  13. Rambles and Ruminations
  14. Sherwood Family Nonsense
  15. Ten and Soprano
  16. The Blanchard Family
  17. The Briden Bunch
  18. The McGee Family
  19. The Rhodes Family
  20. The Wandering Drays
  21. Third Culture Children
  22. Whale Ears and Other Wonderings
  23. Yo Ali

News and Opinion with a Foreign Service Bent

These bloggers synthesize and analyze all the news pertaining to Foreign Service life and U.S. foreign policy. They carefully search through news Web sites, press releases and other Foreign Service blogs to find relevant stories.

  1. The DiploMad 2.0
  2. DiploPundit
  3. Foreign Policy | The Cable
  4. John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, Version 2.0
  5. The Skeptical Bureaucrat
  6. The World According to Bill Fisher
  7. WhirledView

Resources for Unaccompanied Tours

What exactly will it be like when you arrive in Kabul? What challenges will you face in Baghdad? What will all this mean for your family back home? These blogs are accounts of unaccompanied tours from the FS employees who have 'been there, done that.' They offer candid insights and helpful advice on living and working in challenging conditions.

  1. Foggy Bottom Rambles (Family Liaison Office blog for unaccompanied tours)
  2. The Perlman Update (Jill is currently living in California while her husband is on a one-year tour in Iraq)

Retiree Blogs

Former members of the Foreign Service have an entire career's worth of insights on U.S. foreign policy and the internal politics of the countries in which they served. Many of them write high-quality, well-researched posts that provide commentary on current world events. Others reflect upon their experiences as U.S. diplomats.

  1. Africa Reflections (added June 2013)
  2. Diplo Denizen
  3. The DiploMad 2.0
  4. Globetrotting with Uncle Sam
  5. Joe Bruns (added October 2013)
  6. John Brown's Public Diplomacy Press and Blog Review, Version 2.0
  7. The Military Philosopher
  8. The World According to Bill Fisher
  9. WhirledView
  10. Winnowing Fan

Critical Blogs

These are blogs that discuss topics related to the Foreign Service from a more critical perspective.

  1. The Will and the Wallet
  2. U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor
  3. We Meant Well (deals with a variety of foreign policy issues)

Miscellaneous Blogs

  1. eDiplomat
  2. It's Always Sunny in Kabul

Foreign Service Hiring and Career

  1. Foreign Service Test (added April 2013)