The site, which celebrates its five year anniversary in September, offers 'slice of life' blogs written by military spouses and provides a virtual meeting place for spouses to discuss the joys and challenges of military life.
Andi Hurley, the site's creator and herself an Army wife, said the re-design was done to keep up with demand from users and to keep pace with technology. "Spouses have been coming to SpouseBUZZ for the virtual community and support it provides. The enhancements we've made improve that experience and allow greater connectivity between users."
Upgrades include an improved commenting system for more robust discussions, better navigation, popular blog categories are more prominently displayed on the home page, and the addition of social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to share the site's content.
SpouseBUZZ recently assisted HGTV's popular show Income Property on a fantastic opportunity for military families. The post received 392 Facebook "Likes" and 40 tweets, proving the wisdom of incorporating social media into the redesign.
"We're already seeing an increase in traffic and getting more calls for interviews about what it's like to be married to the Military. My hope is that we can better support military spouses through the improved site, and in the process show others what being a military spouse is really about." Hurley said.
Military.com also presents a series of SpouseBUZZ LIVE! events around the country to bring together SpouseBUZZ bloggers and military spouses. Video of these events can be seen here. The 2011 SpouseBUZZ LIVE Tour will kick-off on March 12 in the Washington, DC area. Five stops in military communities are planned for 2011.