On the 10th of February 2007, DefenceNet officially went online with the posting of our first article. It's been an year since then and a lot has happened during this time.
As most of you may already know, DefenceNet is a site dedicated to the revelation and discussion of news related to the military conflict between the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). When we started back in 2007, our primary objective was to create a site that centered on news on the armed conflict without false propaganda or petty politics. Initially it started out as an experiment. We didn't know where it would go and we didn't have any experience with maintaining a weblog. Above all, given the time and connectivity constraints, we weren't sure if we would actually be able to pull this off.
DefenceNet recorded an explosive growth on the number of visitors , from less than a hundred per day in Feb 2007 to several thousand unique visitors per day by 2008.
As evident from the comments sections that are buzzing with activity, a great community has been built around DefenceNet. You may have noticed that usually our readers update on breaking news stories even before we do; need we say more of their activity?
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We would like to thank all our readers/partners for being with us throughout the year and and helping DefenceNet move forward. Your suggestions and criticism is always welcome. You may contact us through contact[dot]DefenceNet[at]gmail[dot]com or simply drop a comment. We apologize for any delay in replying as we don't always have access to Internet.
Finally we wish that there will be peace in Sri Lanka when we mark our second anniversary!