Something funny happened last week. I met a fellow Army wife and blogger who lives nearby. She happened to leave a comment on a post which made a reference to where she lives. I emailed her in disbelief. Disbelief that she was my neighbor and though I knew who she was through the blog world, I never knew she was a stone's throw away from me. We met on the Army post for coffee (well, hot chocolate for me) and before I knew it, two hours had passed. We spent two hours discussing military life and blogging. It was a great experience. You'll read more about this wife soon because she's an inspiration for milspouses.
SpouseBUZZ occasionally receives email from spouses who are wondering if other SpouseBUZZ readers are based in their area. Just last night, we received an email from a new Army wife wondering the same thing. This email reminded me of my recent experience and made me wonder about our readers. Many of you leave comments and some send email, but I'm curious about you. Are you Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard? Are you Active-duty, Reserves, or Guard? Is your spouse deployed, newly redeployed, about to deploy? How is your support system? What are you thoughts about being a milspouse?
Consider this an open thread, a meet and greet.
SpouseBUZZ is a very public site which anyone can read. I would caution everyone to be careful and use good judgment when submitting information, communicating with strangers on-line or arranging meetings. In my case, I felt that meeting someone I knew of through the blogosphere in a public place on a secure Army post was very safe, but each situation is different and everyone has to use their own best judgment.
Safety first. You can't be too careful these days. The internet is an awesome tool, but it's also a cesspool for weirdos. Someone once left a phone number in a comment thread - not a smart thing to do. Please don't leave phone numbers, addresses or other easily traceable information on a public forum where anyone can pick it up. Yeah, I know you know that, but still felt that I needed to say it.