Looking forward to the new year can be as scary as it is fun. As we leave this worn-in year, 2018 is a big, blank slate. There’s so much to be written, so many adventures to have, and so many people to meet. So, I wanted you to meet a few military spouse bloggers who I think are going to have an amazing year as they continue growing and expanding their blogs.
Some of the names you might recognize… and some you might not. But I think you will find a diversity of experiences, thoughts, opinions, and advice for a myriad of topics like deployment, PCSing, travel, and finance.
If you’re not reading these blogs yet, you definitely should be. And keep your eye on them. These writers are going places. (And here they are, in no particular order…)
Julie knows both the active duty and NG side of military life since her husband spent time in the Army and is now serving in the National Guard. Her honest look at life–whether through deployment, PCSing, or Guard weekends–is a breath of fresh air. Julie also runs a popular and large Facebook group for military spouses and significant others. Julie’s been blogging for a few years, but if 2017 is any indication of her trajectory, 2018 is definitely going to be her year.
Sierra and Elijah write about their experiences as a military family, with an emphasis on travel tips and advice. This moment from one of Sierra’s pieces had me nodding: “There are times where I wonder what would have happened IF? If he stayed at college instead of enlisting, IF I did all the things I wanted to do instead of waiting it out through this army life, IF we never made it this far.” Yes. This is the kind of honest voice and honest conversation we should be having. This brand-new blog isn’t even a year old, but I’m hooked on the fresh, conversational feel of the Daily Impressions. And we need more people of color writing about their experiences in the military community, which is another reason I love reading The Redmonds’ blog. I’m cheering them on to keep going and keep writing.
T.T. Robinson has written for the New York Times and Washington Post, as well as military outlets like Military.com and MilitaryOneClick. So she’s no stranger to the writing–or military–scene. She’s started her own blog and wildly successful Facebook page called Humans On the Homefront, where she shares stories from the military community. It is hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting, and sobering–and sometimes nearly all at once. This past year T.T. has raised money for military families in dire straits, she’s gone viral more than a few times, she’s launched merchandise, and she’s been focusing more on her blog. This girl’s got chutzpah, and I know we’re all going to see a lot more from her in 2018.
Written Christine, an Army wife, this blog is a finance blog through the lens of military life. With an eye towards the practicalities that govern the military life (and our wallets)–like PCSing, travel, and retirement/transition worries–Christine offers her opinions and advice on how to live your best life. The vast majority of military spouses are women who spend, but so much financial literacy information is written by dudes. Sorry. If women in the military do a ton of spending–and make a ton of financial decisions for their husbands and wives while they’re deployed–then we need more women writing about finances too.
Written by “three broads,” How To Milspouse is, in a word, delightful. Not only do these three writers not take themselves–or military life–too seriously, their work is engaging and fun. I absolutely, 100% love that they feature military spouses from all walks of life. Want to know what it’s like to be a Hindu milspouse? Or a military spouse surrogate? Or a male spouse? These women are doing important work by shining a light on the real experiences that real folks in the military community have.
Who are you watching this year to become a breakout star of the military spouse blogging community?