EC: What do blogs in general, and this blog in particular, offer in terms of war coverage that traditional media cannot or does not provide?
Garry Trudeau: First person accounts. If you count both theaters, we have 170,000 potential contributors. And they're stuck in a lot of places embeds rarely go.
EC: What is your motivation for doing this blog yourself?
GT: There didn't seem to be one place to go to read an aggregate of consistently interesting milblogging. There are clearingouse sites, filled with links, but you could spend your life trying to find compelling posts. We started by cherrypicking -- finding the best pieces already out there -- but we're already getting strong enough material submitted directly that we can just go with our own exclusives. Who knows? If the quality stays high, The Sandbox may evolve into a kind of GWOT literary magazine.
GWOT=Global War on Terrorism, fyi.