I will say that I don’t know Jaime Derringer well, no more than the little glimpses I can snatch up on Twitter. But I do know her flagship site Design-Milk. And I know her well enough to know that that is not her in the picture above, those are Beans and Lulu who get to live with Jaime. In a minute you’ll be reading Jaime’s snapshot of her daily life and things that make her happy or sad and in it she says that there’s nothing extraordinary about her life. Er Jaime…..hate to burst your bubble but…something’s quite extraordinary. Now what is it? Hm….oh yeah…YOU! A thirty-something blogger/writer/editor/publisher/consultant/artist/designer who just happened to build one of the most successful design blogs (at what point do we move from blog to ….empire?) on the web. And if that were not enough to make me green with envy, she’s nice. And she has the most amazing hair. Really Jaime? Even the hair had to be great?
Tell us about yourself. What do you do? Where do you live?
My name is Jaime Derringer and I am the founder and editor of Design Milk and Dog Milk. I love furniture and art, and just about anything designy. I’m kind of a geek, I love science and I hate to cook (probably because I don’t know how…). I love to run and I’m a huge dork.
I currently live in New Jersey, near Philadelphia with my husband and two dogs – Beans and Lulu. I grew up here, but I have lived in Baltimore, MD and San Diego, CA. One day I dream about returning to San Diego, or maybe even being bi-coastal!
What’s a typical day in your life?
Oh what a bore!
I get up, make coffee and feed and walk the dogs. Some days I go to yoga. I spend most of the day in front of the computer (in my pajamas) blogging, answering emails, and managing the Design Milk and Dog Milk Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also do some freelance writing now and again. In the afternoon, I take the dogs on another walk and sometimes I will go running. I try to maintain a healthy balance, but often times find myself spending most of my day working. I think that is true for most passionate people who own their own business. It’s par for the course.
There is nothing extraordinary about my life.
What makes you laugh? What makes you cry? What makes you happy?
Laugh: dry humor, dark humor, nerd jokes, sarcasm, and people falling down of course.
Cry: Everything from insurance commercials to Titanic. I’m a huge wimp inside of my hard exterior.
Happy: When I really think about my life.
What was the inspiration for you to use Twitter as a communication platform?
All the cool kids were doing it.
Actually I opened one a while back then closed it and then reopened it. I was on the fence as to whether Twitter would be beneficial, and how. I decided to try it out as a way to deliver my RSS feed, but found myself using it to deliver more quick information that wasn’t appropriate for blog posts like sales, contests, news and random musings. Turns out, Twitter is crazy popular! So, we lucked out and have a fantastic group of followers.
Where do you want to be in ten years from now?
Alive, content, successful.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my handful of questions Jaime. I look at what you’ve accomplished and I’m inspired, motivated, captivated and awed. That’s all the Eds I could come up with on short notice. Thanks from me and thanks from Dex who says Beans and Lulu look like folks he could hang with.