How To Become a Military Spouse Blogger
It was 2009 and we were not quite done with our 2nd deployment. It was getting colder in Germany and I really didn’t have that many things to do besides taking care of the kids and the house. For a while, I had wanted to become what I call a “public” blogger. I had been blogging since 2004 but up until that time, it was just for friends and family. It was just little updates with pictures. I did most of that before Facebook started getting popular. When I realized I was posting everything I already posted on Facebook, I didn’t really blog that way anymore.
I decided to start a Military spouse blog. I really didn’t know what I was doing. I posted about homecoming outfits and the end of the deployments. I then found other Military spouse blogs and left comments. I went on Twitter and started to connect with others that way too. Before I knew it I had a little following. A few months later I was asked if I wanted to giveaway a book for Military Spouses. Things just progressed and I eventually moved from Julie the Army Wife to Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life which is now almost three years old.
I love blogging and love that there is such a great Milspouse blogging community. We have all been through a lot of the same things and we can really help each other out.
So how does one become a Military Spouse Blogger?
- Start a blog– This is obvious, you must start a blog. Now some Milspouse bloggers blog a lot about Military life. Others blog about everyday life that does include life as a Military spouse. The choice is up to on what to blog about. You can start a free blog on Blogger or WordPress. You can also go self-hosted which means you will have to pay a small hosting fee. You might also want a domain name. I have found if you wait for sales you can get them for $.99 for the first year.
- Start writing- After you have set up your blog, you need to start writing. You don’t have to write every day but if you want to get your name out there, you need to do it often. This is especially important when you first start out. Make a schedule for yourself and try to stick to it.
- Comment on other Milspouse blogs- This is a really good way to get to know other Military spouses while you drive traffic to your own blog. Plus it is a lot of fun! Use a blog reader like Bloglovin to help keep track of the blogs you want to read. Pinterest is another great way to find new blogs to follow and comment on.
- Being active on social media- Set up a Facebook and Twitter account to go along with your blog. Don’t just post blog links. Ask questions, make comments and talk with others. Don’t be shy about Retweeting things that you agree with or enjoy. Again, this is a really fun way to get to know others and create interest in your own blog.
If you have your own Milspouse blog or just started one, leave your link in the comments. I would love to stop by 🙂