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A decade ago, we blogged for the first time – an introduction to who we are and what we do. Our Pushing the Envelope blog was our first launch into social media space. We designed it to engage stakeholders about our work, and about the broader issues affecting the U.S. Postal Service.

Since then, we’ve posted nearly 500 blogs, redesigned our webpage a few times, and added an Audit Asks forum, as well as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to our social media strategy.

But this blog remains a driving force in our engagement with stakeholders. Pushing the Envelope provides a quick, accessible overview of an audit report, white paper, or current event, and then solicits comments from stakeholders. The comments often provide insights and ideas for future work, or even areas where our Office of Investigations needs to get involved.

We don’t measure a blog’s success solely by the number of comments it gets, as the blog provides content for our other social media platforms. A seemingly quiet blog topic can explode on Facebook or Twitter. But comments are a pretty good indicator of a blog’s popularity. Looking back over the past decade, a few topics really seemed to resonate with readers. Like stamps. Our blog on semipostal stamps (Putting a Stamp on a Good Cause) and one on the 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp (Jenny Come Lately) have 423 comments and 383 comments, respectively.

Other popular blogs, which continue to get comments even years after they posted:

As we toast our 10th anniversary, we hope you will continue to share your insights, ideas, issues, and concerns. You can start now. Comment below on what topics you would like to see us blog about.

Comments (9)

  • anon

    Hello. Very useful article. Thankful  

    Aug 15, 2019
  • anon

    Awesome

    Apr 02, 2019
  • anon

    Thank you

    Dec 19, 2018
  • anon

    Do your employees go through basic first aid training? My father retired from the post office years ago and I don't recall him ever going through training. As a customer, I think it would be a good idea for all employees to get trained since sometimes they are the first on scene in an emergency.

    Oct 06, 2018
  • anon

    “Stakeholders” is a good word but I think it would be best if you made it clear who it includes every time you use it.

    Oct 02, 2018
  • anon

    USPS is my go to place for mailing - well -mail! Love the fantastic stamps that have been introduced. Packages are exclusively mailed by me via USPS. I have through the years mailed fresh flowers for many weddings to frozen soup for an ailing relative. I encourage everyone I can to use USPO money orders. It's a great bargain. I hope to someday see USPO offer banking services to areas that are underserved by banks. There are USPO's all over this country that know their community, have skills and capacity to offer more to local communities, like financial services. I first heard of this effort a decade ago, but I understand that extending financial services has been discussed for decades. Hope to see it happen. It could save US citizens billions of dollars annually by undercutting payday lending. That would be a huge service to US citizens. Thanks for the excellent service. I love the USPO.

    Oct 02, 2018
  • anon

    Happy 10th OIG! Keep up the good work!

    Oct 01, 2018
  • anon

    Thanks

    Oct 01, 2018
  • anon

    Congrats USPS OIG! Happy to see 10 years of blogging.

    Oct 01, 2018

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