Some of my closest friends have become my closest friends as a result of a decision that I made almost three years ago. I decided to become a blogger. That decision changed my life. Literally. In ways that are too numerous to list.
At SpouseBUZZ, we love what we do - which is communicating with you on a daily basis. We laugh, we cry, but most importantly - we bond because of this blog.
Blog It, Don't Hog It: There's no secret to what we do here at SpouseBUZZ. We write about our experiences. It's really as simple as that, and anyone can do it. There is no milspouse territory that belongs to one or only a few, there is no market we want to corner. What we do have, though, are military spouses out there who are increasingly turning to non-traditional mediums for support, and the more options they have, the better off they are. The better off we, as a milspouse community, are. Blogs are a fantastic compliment to the physical support systems that you may have, and for those lacking a physical support system, or those of you who may have a dysfunctional one, you can seek virtual support. As we've found out here, it's surprisingly effective.
Blogging is not for everyone. Many of you prefer to simply read and comment, which is great. But for those who might be interested, I strongly urge you to consider starting your own blog and giving it a try. People blog for different reasons. Some to communicate information, some to get their thoughts down, some to social network. The reasons are as varied as our personalities.
For those of you with deployed spouses, blogging -- and reading blogs -- can be a great distraction from those disturbing thoughts that run through our minds when our spouses are far away in dangerous situations. I think this is why our new chat room and our radio shows are becoming more and more popular. Escapism is important, and sometimes necessary. So too, is the bonding experience that blogs, chat rooms and radio programs provide. AWTM says blogging is cheaper than therapy, and she's right.
I'm pretty sure that each of the bloggers here at SpouseBUZZ will tell you that the impact blogging has had on their lives is almost indescribable. In the coming days, we'll run a mini-series on blogging. If you have questions or points you would like to see us address, leave them in the comment section. We hope this will spur you to consider joining the blogging community and encouraging others to do so.
For now, I'd like to highlight a few military spouse blogs. Blogs of those who are frequent commenters or visitors to SpouseBUZZ. I know I'm going to miss some of your blogs/myspace pages, and if so, it's not a slight, but an oversight, so please add your URL of your blog in the comment section.
Pay these spouses a visit and poke around a bit:
Writing Military Mom - New
Slightly Salty - New
More on blogging to follow.