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Blog It, Don’t Hog It

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:

She Who Waits

Non-essential Equipment

Wendy's Tiki Hut

Dragonfly

Patti's Place

More Than an Army Wife

Butterfly Wife

Lemon Stand

Linda

Under the Sea

Proud Liberal Army Wife

In Training

Life of a Soldier's Wife

Household Six

Oh! That's Gonna Leave a Mark

The Cobwebs of My Mind

Nomad Librarian

In the Air Force Again

Patiently Waiting

My Life

Tressays

Ms. Mo

The Story of My Life

Operation Marriage

Standing By

Operataion Life Transformed

Writing Military Mom – New

Slightly Salty – New

More on blogging to follow.

About Andi

Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.

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