Tag Archive for Blogging

Step One: New Template

I’m revising the template…expect a few kinks as I iron things out over the next week or so.

Also, two nice people commented while I was re-installing Haloscan so they aren’t showing up now that I have things back. I’ll manually add your comments in, soon.

Next step: I have a picture book for young kids about deployment that I will review and give away.

Coming soon: Guest blogging and carnivals…so let me know if you want to guest blog!

Moving Forward…

So, to move forward from the crossroads, I am opening this blog up to other Military Spouses (of every gender, branch, rank, size, shape, color, etc.).

I’ll try to keep this up as long as I can find the time to do it.

I figure we’ll kick things off in October and try for one carnival and one guest blogger a week. I’ll also throw in relevant posts as possible, including trying to answer as many questions as I can.

Please e-mail me at mollypitcher at gmail dot com or leave a comment here with your contact e-mail if you would like to guest blog or if you have carnival theme ideas.

I’ll write up posts about each, soon. The requirements will be fairly obvious. I intend to be very inclusive and just want to make sure things conform to the standards of good taste, are readable, and fit the topic of this blog (Military Spouse Issues). Servicemembers will also be welcome if they have a MilSpouse angle to their contributions.

Also, I would like to:

  • get a better template without spending too much time tweaking it (suggestions on where to find one?)
  • find monthly sponsors for a prize to give to a randomly selected carnival participant
  • join BlogAds in the Military Hive

If you have any leads or can help me with any of this, just let me know!

I’m looking forward to opening this up for all of you!!!

A Crossroads…

What should I do with this blog?

Whether you are a regular reader who still stops back now and again and/or has me on a feed reader or you found me through a google search, I’d like your input, please!

This is the situation: DH has left the active duty Army, and I’ve been blogging away elsewhere about my life as a mother and products for the family.

We’ve been house hunting, which, even in this soft market, is incredibly difficult in New York on a civil servant’s salary.

I’ve been trying to raise awareness about congenital heart defects and hopefully also some money…donate now for a chance to win cool prizes!

At any rate, it is becoming more and more difficult to blog from the military spouse standpoint.

So, I have a few options:

1. Delete the blog. I don’t like this one because there are some posts up here that are still useful to people and I don’t want the address taken over by spammers. It has a high Page Rank and could be a likely target.

2. Give the address to another military spouse and back-up the posts to another address for posterity (but this would make it more difficult for people to find).

3. Have guest blog posts, a military spouse (or just military) round-up, a carnival, “Ask Molly” and maybe some other random fun once a week.

I’m leaning towards #3 because the blog would still have its archives, would still be useful to the community, and would give new military bloggers a chance to grab a high value link and maybe some more of an audience.

PLEASE give me your thoughts!

I already get tons of questions that I just answer via e-mail, so that part would be easy. Would you be interested in guest blogging? Would you enjoy a carnival? A link round-up?

Let me know!!!

My Favorite Egyptian

Back before I started up this blog, I was reading the Sandmonkey. Sandmonkey provided a fascinating look into another culture, another nation, and a really sharp mind.

As his blog became ever more popular, Sandmonkey became an internet celebrity–ever quotable, pro-US but independent, Arab but cosmopolitan. But he hadn’t set out to be an archetype, a role model, or a media darling. He never claimed to speak for anyone but himself, he just wrote. And what he wrote was exciting, if at turns random, frivolous, heartbreaking, and deadly serious.

The attention of course, changed his self-awareness and so it changed his blog. I imagine this must have been confusing, exhilarating, and frustrating all at once–a responsibility thrust upon him.

Now Sandmonkey’s called it quits. From what I understand, he is going to focus on real efforts towards genuine change, and he has also realized that perhaps he has pushed the effort too far in terms of his safety. His anonymity fading, he needs to consider how best to work towards a better future for himself and his country. Perhaps other efforts are worth the risk, but the blog just is not–not right now.

I hope one day I will get a chance to meet him, now that I am moving back to New York. Regardless, he is an interesting person who has the talent and passion to make a difference in this world.

I will miss his voice in the blogosphere…

Military Spouse Guest Blogging

Because my husband is no longer active duty, I just do not have enough military spouse stories to fill-up this blog any longer. So, rather than just turn it over to the spammers, I am opening it up to the community.

Why Guest Blog?

Here are a few reasons you might want to Guest Blog on An Army Wife’s Life:

  • You don’t have a blog but you want to share something with blog readers.
  • You want to share something anonymously. Maybe you have a blog, or don’t, but you really have something to say and you don’t want it connected with your name and/or your online profile. I’ll be happy to accept anonymous postings.
  • You have a new blog and you want a link from an established, high page rank blog. In your guest post, you can link to whatever pages in your blog you like with whatever anchor text you like. Because this blog has been around a while and has a high ranking in Google’s eyes, it turns up high in searches.

I can’t offer you a lot of traffic right now. If this gets going, however, this site may once again get a lot of traffic. I’ll always be happy to have you back.

Who Can Guest Blog?

All military spouses are welcome. I do not care whether you are male, female, young, old, a blogger or not, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, etc. In fact, military personnel are also welcome if they have something to say about issues specifically relating to the spouse experience.

How to Guest Blog

Write up a post and e-mail it to mollypitcher at gmail dot com. Include any links you wish to have. Let me know if there is a particular week when you would like your post to appear. I will confirm within about two days and then get back to you within about a week.

What to Guest Blog?

Pretty much whatever you like! It should relate in some way to the military spouse experience. That’s really the big one. Your guest post can be a personal, literary, informational, political, editorial, whatever you are thinking! Write a narrative, a short story, a description of your emotional state, a how to guide, or whatever is on your mind. It can be prose or poetry. You can include a photo if you like. Just send me what you have, and we’ll try to find a way to fit it in.

Any restrictions?

  • It has to be YOUR WORK. Don’t send me forwards and claim they are yours.
  • If you are a blogger, please make sure the material is original. I ask that you do not re-publish the same exact piece on your own blog just so neither of us get tagged as spammers. You can revise, excerpt it, or revisit the idea on your site and you retain all rights to your material.
  • If you are a blogger and intend to link to your site, I request a link back to this post so others will know about the opportunity. You may also link to your post if you like. If you are not a blogger or wish to remain anonymous, this does not apply.
  • Do not confess to felonies you are about to or have committed (if you’ve been convicted and served your time…that’s a different story). I am neither priest nor lawyer and I will turn you in.
  • Try to keep it PG-13. Sometimes a little graphic language may contribute to the story, but avoid gratuitous sex, violence, profanity. I will check with you if I would like you to change something and will only publish it if we both agree on any changes–I will not publish anything without your permission.
  • Proofread and spell-check. You don’t have to use perfect grammar or create a polished piece, but take the time to run a spell-checker.