Two ends of the spectrum and great advice!

by LCW on May 5, 2010

in Mini Series

This edition of the blogging mini series is unique, as one of the interviewees doesn’t keep up with a blog, she’s truly a reader!  Meet MrsLLG (that’s her Twitter handle)  Sometimes the best advice comes from your target audience, and well she’s a reader and a mom!

1. What draws you in to follow your favorite blogs? I follow a bunch of blogs and I think the main thing that draws me in is the realness of the writer. I like to read about what other people do in their daily lives, how they truly live, what they think, I also really enjoy cooking blogs and book review blogs for inspiration.

2. If you had a blog, what would you title it? I use to have a blog, well I suppose technically I still do, but I haven’t posted to it in probably a year. It was called Mmmm…Tastes Good, it was a cooking blog. When I got pregnant I stopped posting for the most part since cooking new recipes was no longer high on my list of to do’s. I hope to get back to it at some point, I enjoyed it.
3. Have you made new connections via blogs/twitter? Most definitely. I have met some lovely women via blogs/twitter, some I’ve even had the opportunity to meet in real life and have become good friends with several girls in my area.
4. Would you consider guest blogging for an e-friend? Of course, but since I don’t have a blog I’m probably not as interesting to readers as those with blogs.
5. What’s something you wish you knew about being a mom that no one told you? People always talk about the good aspects of being a mom but no one really ever talks about the hard parts. The struggles. Breast feeding is hard, it takes practice and patience, no one tells you that. Worrying all the time if X, Y and Z are normal, IS normal, no one tells you that. Everyone has an opinion on how you should do things, but you need to go with your gut, no one tells you that. Plain and simple, being a mom is hard, some people just make it look easier than others. :)
6. If your kid wants to try a sip of your beer/wine/favorite drink, will you let them? Sure, when they are 21. :)
7. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure TV show? Dancing with the Stars
8. What’s your viewpoint on vacation with kids/babies? Will they go? Stay? Recommend your favorite vacation spot. I’m all for taking your kids to kid friendly places and I’m also all for mom and dad only trips. I thin they both have their time and place. My favorite vacation spot (kid friendly) are the North Carolina beaches. I’ve been going there every year since the first summer I was born. For a mom and dad only vacation one of my favorite trips has been to Nevis. Beautiful island.
9. Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes or purse or other must have clothing item? This is a really difficult question for me. I’m not much of a clothes horse but shoes and handbags, LOVE. Favorite shoes? Black patent leather heels with tiny green dots around the toe. They were my first “NICE” pair of shoes. Handbag? Well it’s been sent to handbag heaven because my husband accidently spilled something on it. Leather and alcohol don’t mix. But it was this tan leather hobo style bag it was just the right size, not too big not to small with the perfect number of pockets. Pockets are a must.

10. What’s your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird. Ahhh Harper Lee you have such a way with words.

And now onto a blogger who has a lot to say and I love it!  Joanna at Raising Madison is awesome and was sad she missed my first plea for help with this mini series, but she asked and now her answers are featured!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I actually started blogging in 2001, back in the age of LiveJournal. I would wax poetic about partying, following Blue October around the state of Texas (yes, I hung out with them) and all of the artsy/Indy things that I was doing in Austin, Texas (the greatest city in the world).

And then I got cancer. And my livejournal became about chemotherapy, losing my hair and the unfortunate predicament of being bald and bloated for steroids but still having the desire to be wanted & get laid. I wish I could tell you it was good reading, but I deleted my live journal account a few years ago and I still want to kick myself for it.

I started Raising Madison (originally titled: Team Osborne) as a project post-wedding. We were newlyweds in our new house and I had this great idea of writing all about how in love we were, house projects and just musings from being a young married couple. And THEN I got knocked up. So I wrote about puking and pink rooms.

Madison was born and I abandoned the blog for a few weeks until we found out she had hip dysplasia. I started doing lots of internet research and realized that there weren’t all that many resources out there that weren’t medical related. I wanted the real stuff like what you do when poop explodes into the cast and how on earth you entertain a child that doesn’t fit into anything. I decided that if I wrote about what we were going through that maybe some other parents would come across my blog and realize that our life hasn’t stopped since her cast and things aren’t bad at all.

Wow, that was a lot of answer for one small question. I’m not so sure your readers are going to want me to answer any more!

2. What do you love about your blog?

This comment:

Wow she is taking traction like a champ…My daughters doctor found your blogs and showed me. My daughter also has hip dysplasia, fully dislocated in both hips and is now in traction. Madison looks a little older than Alivia. I really appricate what you are doing, it helps mothers like me get through this alot easier.
Anthony, Ashley, and Alivia
I get a lot of comments from parents of hip babies and they all make me warm and fuzzy but this was my first one. When I realized that someone’s DOCTOR read my blog and still wanted one of their parents to read it, that made it really hit home that I had done exactly what I set out to do!

3. If you had to start all over, would you do anything differently and if so, what?
I’m assuming you mean this blog and not life in general :). I guess the only thing that I’ve really thought about is when we decide to give Madison a little brother or sister. I’m not exactly sure what we’ll do with the name of this blog. Perhaps we’ll add a tag line that says “Now with little brother/sister.” We’ll see. Any suggestions?

4. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a rookie blogger?

Well I’m going to skip the obvious which is write a lot and write about what you know and say join communities. Everyone can have a blog which means its hard to stand out. Join communities, read other blogs and comment on them and watch some of your posts go viral, its awesome. Yes, that was more than one thing…. bite me, its good advice. :)

5. What’s something you wish you knew about being a mom/dad that no one told you?

That poop can be shot across the room if you lift your kid’s butt up at just the right angle. Lesson learned, several picture frames ruined forever.

6. If your kid wants to try a sip of your beer/wine/favorite drink, will you let them?
Yes. ::Ducks for all of the shoes being thrown at my head:: I mean, I’m not going to be putting Bud Light in her sippy cup, but when she’s older and asks for a sip, I’ll let her have one. I remember taking sips of my dad’s beer when I was 8 or 9 and immediately spitting it out because it was SO gross. Ahhh, youth.   (Yes, I remember too, my dad let me try his Budweiser, I think it was his plan to deter me from drinking… that stuff was gross)

7. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure TV show?
Real Housewives of OC and Real Housewives of NY. LOVE THEM.

8. What’s your viewpoint on vacation with kids/babies? Will they go? Stay? Recommend your favorite vacation spot.
The kids will go. My parents took us on tons of vacations. We’d load up in the minivan, eat bologna on bagel sandwiches (one of my favs to this day) and sing along to broadway show tunes all the way to San Antonio or other various destinations. We’d all eventually argue and someone would cry, but at the end of the day all I really remember is the wonderful memories that my parents gave us with those vacations. I can’t wait to take Madison to Disney World.

As for my favorite vacation spot? With kids, I’d have to say San Antonio, Texas. We loved going there as kids and it will be one of our first road trips with M and her future sibling.

9. Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes or purse or other must have clothing item?
I’m a shoe whore. If I could, I’d spend a small fortune on shoes but alas, I’m unemployed. My must have clothing item is a fabulous pair of high heels. You can be feeling fat, frumpy, ugly, etc and then you put on a pair of fabulous heels and you will automatically feel better about yourself. I pray to the altar of heels.

10. If you could give a blogger one piece of advice, what would you say?
I think I answered this one already. Wait, have I been drinking?

Favorite book? Why?

I don’t read. Isn’t that awful? I rarely read. I DID read the entire Twilight Series and I do enjoy the movies. I’m pretty sure that just lost me like 10 followers.

My favorite book while I was pregnant was “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.” I remember sitting on the couch and just laughing hysterically while I read it.

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