What do we believe in? What are we like when we are at our best? What are we really trying to accomplish on SpouseBuzz? When our product manager wanted us to rewrite our About Us section, these were the questions we asked each other.
This is what we came up with. This is what we aspire to. I don’t know that we always get there, but here is who we are and what we are trying to do:
We are military spouses. We believe that the best ideas about how to live a better military life come from military spouse themselves. So SpouseBuzz writers are all people building a life with someone in uniform. Our families are deploying. Our families are moving. Our families are working. Our families are raising military kids. We are living the military life right now.
We are doers.At SpouseBuzz, we know that military life happens. We feel the pain or suffer the hardship or get swallowed by the demand. Then we stand up and do something. We believe that is th e only way to do it and we expect our readers to be doers, too.
We are pro-military. Suzy Sunshine doesn’t live here. So we SpouseBuzzers feel free to complain about the military or point out problem with the way our programs are run. Underneath it all is our strong belief that the military is run by good people who want the world to be an orderly place. We want to be part of that.
We listen to the Buzz. Whether MilSpouses are talking about it on Facebook, on HuffPost, on TV, on the radio, in academia, or in the halls of Congress itself, we want to know what you are buzzing about-and write about that.
We are not a club. More than anyone else in the world, we can see that there is no one right way to be a military spouse. So we include everyone. We welcome the opinions of male and female spouses, enlisted and officer, old and young, retirees and wannabees, every race and nationality. We are curious about how the military life affects you — and what you are going to do about it.
We welcome new writers. If you have something to say, we want to hear it. Don’t let your inner critic prevent you from making a difference in the world. Use our contact us button to submit something new.
We want to see your face. Our experience tells us that the internet is the best thing to happen to military spouses. Answers and connection are at our fingertips. Yet there is no substitution for meeting each other face to face. That’s why we offer an annual Spouse Summit in Washington, D.C. We also bring our live show The Spouse Experience to military bases around the world. Find out how to invite us to your hometown.
We expect you to grow. Our readers expect a lot from themselves and each other. Often we do get into debates about how to handle a certain situation. Critical thinking is welcome. Meanness, cussing, and namecalling are not. Sometimes it is hard for us to figure out where tolerance should end and censorship ought to begin. We’re open to your thoughts on that subject.
We expect ourselves to grow. We are real people. We encourage each other to take real risks. So sometimes we make real mistakes. We expect our readers to call us to task when we are wrong. We expect ourselves to take that feedback and grow into the kind of people you would be proud to know.
So what do you think? What else should we add to our aspirational list?