Military Bloggers At BlogHer
I recently attended BlogHer, a two-day conference in San Diego for women who blog. Each day, panels of experts shared tips on everything from how to improve your blog design to scoring freelance editorial work from busy editors.
My goal throughout the conference was to learn how to turn my blog into a resource for military families. As a Navy brat turned Navy wife, I know a lifestyle of moving, living and traveling around the world can be both rewarding and difficult. As a result, I want to help military families enjoy the amazing moments and provide them strategies to make the difficult parts easier.
By the end of the conference, I discovered tips that will help me reach my goal. Thankfully, I also walked away with an extra bonus: new friends in the military community.
On the last day of the conference, a group of bloggers gathered for an hour to share the joys and struggles they faced as members of military families. They also shared the lessons they learned along the way. It was certainly refreshing to meet people who understand a lifestyle that can be filled with frequent moves and separations from loved ones. And, it was inspiring to be around women who find beauty in the opportunity they have been given to see the world -- or, at the very least, different parts of the United States.
Even more amazing: on top of living a military lifestyle, these women find the time and energy to actively pursue their passions in life -- whether it's crafting, writing, charity work or running a business -- and blog about them.
I have a feeling that the hour I spent speaking with these women will grow into a lifetime of friendship and support. If you, dear reader, are interested in tapping into this network of support, I encourage you to check out the ladies’ blogs.
Kristina Doss is a a military wife, mother and journalist. She chronicles hermilitary family's journey moving, living and traveling around the world. Read her blog at http://www.mytravelingtroop.com/
Back row (from left to right): Kristen of www.aurorababies.com, Kristina of
www.mytravelingtroop.com, Stephanie of lawyermama.com and
www.bluestarfam.org, April of marineparents-blog.com and
www.etsy.com/shop/taprilcrosier, Erica of
guidetomilitarytravel.com and www.travelswithsam.com,
Annie of navywifediary.com, Shannon of Sassy Lemonade at
Stephanie of www.k12.com
Front row (from left to right): Jayne of meateatingmilitaryman.com,
Claire of halfheartedhousewife.com, Molly of yumamom.com,
www.mollyblake.com and www.bluestarfam.org, Jenelle of
www.rellasbellas.com and rellasbellas.etsy.com,
Tiffany of www.aurorababies.com, and Amber of goodnight-moon.org