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Featured Blogger: Jillian Livingston of Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional

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Mile High Mamas would like to share another blogger with you. This time we have Jillian Livingston of Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional

What is the name of your blog? How did you choose this name?
Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional
I came up with this title a long time ago as my husband and I were watching our three boys rapping a song to us from our balcony which overlooks the living room. The boys were dressed like a rock and roll band and as they played their air guitars and sang I looked over to my husband and asked him if he thought dis was normal or dysfunctional.

How did you get started blogging?

I have always been a documentarian, filmmaker, writer and an amateur photographer. The day that Madoff was indicted I woke up and smelled the coffee and went to work immediately. I created a website that would hopefully bring in some money to help pay our mortgage for our new dream home in the countryside. My blog is the perfect venue to house my stories, films and photos and my writing is taking off more than I ever could have expected.

What platform do you use? (I.e. Blogger, WordPress, etc.)

I started with and switched to WordPress

What do you wish you had known when you started?

After spending endless hours creating my own website, I still do not understand the HTML code. I am not the most technical person I know and I prefer to stay that way.

There are other people that design websites for a living and I probably should have consulted one from the start. I will say though, that through my learning process I took in valuable information about the basics of website building. It is important to be as informed as one possibly can be to track what the designers are doing for you.

I also am grateful that I did not know that I was embarking on the trendiest path online. If I had known how many mommy bloggers were already out there I probably would never have started.

What blogs do you most admire?

What is your best tip for moms who are new to social media?

Get a great SEO designer and website designer to help you get started. Study other popular blogs and stay clear and focused on your intention.

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  • comment avatar Lori in Denver July 24, 2009

    Hi, Jillian. Great blog title. And I just visited your blog and your design is gorgeous!

    I, too, am shocked at how many mommy bloggers there are. And glad I didn’t know.

  • comment avatar kagey July 25, 2009

    My problem is that I *do* know how many mama bloggers there are! And I wonder, with all that activity, do I really have something interesting to say about the life of a mom, multiple times a week? Or, if I start a blog, should I find a completely different focus for it? I’m on the fence. Ask Amber, she’ll tell you I’ve been on the fence for almost a year. 🙂

  • comment avatar Beckie July 25, 2009

    Kagey- I see your point, and yes there are many mom blogs, maybe find an interesting focus for you and tie it into motherhood. That way some blog post can be about topics other than motherhood, but you do have room to make some posts about motherhood if need be. Make sense? I have done that on Tech Talk for Moms. I mostly blog about technology for moms, but there are a couple of post solely about motherhood.

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