Blogiversary #5 on Our Other Blog

Today is the 5th anniversary of my first post on “Our Other Blog”. Of course it was “My Other Blog” then. I had only been writing the doll blog for about a month and I was itching to write about other things and post photos of non-doll subjects.  However, I wanted to keep the blog on topic so the logical thing to do seemed to be to start another one.
I wasn’t sure how I’d get on as a newbie blogger trying to write and photograph  enough material for two blogs or how long I’d keep it up for before losing interest.  It wasn’t exactly an auspicious start; looking back at the stats I had 9 views of the blog in June 2013, the next two months were no better. My first very modest goal was to be read every day. I hated seeing those blank spaces in the stats graph like gaps in your teeth.

Stats for Our Other Blog

Things picked up though. Six months later I was posting regularly two or three times a week. I’d started joining in the Daily Prompt, thanks Daily Prompt you helped; and I’d hit on the idea of posting a photo every Thursday as a blogging goal.

Messerschmitt car at the National Automobile Museum at Launceston.

Since that time there has been steady though unspectacular growth in the number of people reading the blog and the names of many regular readers feel like old friends now.

I have learned a bit I think.  I take photographs now consciously looking for subjects that will be interesting to use in a photo challenge. Cee’s Photo Challenges in particular have been a big help to me as I now look beyond the obvious for a picture and I have a new enjoyment of black and white photography.

Australian Comedian Roy Rene (Mo),
Australian Comedian Roy Rene (Mo), Hindley St, Adelaide
Hairy Maclairy sculpture in Tauranga, New Zealand

Reading the work of fellow bloggers has helped me a lot too. Sometimes their thoughts trigger an idea of my own to write about; sometimes just an interesting thread of conversation in the comment section.

I know that some people who read my posts are not native English speakers so I proofread for spelling and grammar errors and try to write in language that won’t be too hard to follow. I want us to write the way we speak but to keep it simple. I know that sometimes I write a bit too much so I try to check that too. “Is there an easier way of saying that?” I ask myself.

I’ve probably learned as much from reading the work of others as from reading WordPress articles about blogging.  I want to particularly mention Marilyn Armstrong and her team of writers at Serendipity-Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth because I enjoy the variety of subjects they write about and Marilyn has a lot of good advice for new bloggers as well. Pat, who writes Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss, has shown me that even if you rarely travel far from home you can still write entertainingly about your daily life and the antics of your cat.

Over the past year I’ve learned how to work as a team with Naomi after she joined me in blogging here. In fact Naomi’s first post was on the 31st of May last year so it’s her anniversary too. It’s been a lot of fun to have someone to exchange ideas with.

While thank you’s are being said I also want to mention my friends Ally and Matt Clark and Bruce Laughton who have all generously allowed me to use their photographs when I didn’t have any suitable ones of my own.

I think that photography will be the main theme of this blog  for the next twelve months. I want to keep on sharing photos of the places we know in Tasmania. Naomi is particularly interested in vintage vehicles and we both love to photograph old and interesting buildings and other structures.

MV Cartela-Port Huon Wharf- July 2014 by Vanda
image rowboat
Rowing boat, Franklin, Tasmania by Vanda
image old church
Autumn in Franklin by Vanda
Model Steam engine at Evandale. This engine is called The General. There would be all sorts of bits and pieces inside to move the driving wheels and work the pistons. photo by Naomi
Photo by Naomi
Ooh Ahhh Fireworks! This is a great old sign.Photo by Naomi
More of the cast in their terrific costumes. Photo by Naomi
Callington Mill sign. Photo by Naomi
The Richmond Bridge photo by Naomi

Although we probably won’t include them in our Cruise Holiday posts we do hope to share a bit of the footage Naomi has been taking with her movie camera in the future. She wants to concentrate on editing pictures and sound before we do that.

So finally I’d like to say thanks to our readers old and new for sticking with us and we hope you’ll continue to enjoy the journey.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. So, you started two years after me, but it’s still a very long time. I can assure you, back then when the site Technorati (where all blogs were listed) was a thing, they measured that around 80% of the bloggers give up within the very first year or end up with an abandoned blog. That would make me say, that we both are already blogging veterans and hard to stop 🙂 Keep it going!

    I should take a look into Cee’s challenges as well. As it seems, WP abandoned their photo challenges. I don’t understand that, but on the other hand they got worse anyway over time. I think I skipped several months, if not even a half year or more.

    I do agree with what you said about inspiration. Some of my posts in the past have been inspired by your posts, and others. Even some of our discussions in comments inspired me to create posts. I’m pretty happy with this community, so much classy people… I’ve been part of other communities where there is often less respectful behaviour. But I like the WP community.

    About length, I do usually have difficulties to write small comments or posts, maybe because I am a chatterbox in reallife too. But recently I experimented with small “1-2 sentences” photo posts, because photos tell more than words.

    Congrats, and keep it going Vanda and Naomi!

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    • Thanks Dennis. I think we’ve both done pretty well. We participate in most of Cee’s Photo Challenges every week and there are a couple of others I’ve started to do if the subject interests me. I have done the WP one a couple of times recently so I’m sorry it is going but can live without it. I didn’t often do the Daily Post as I’m not always inspired by one word challenges. I know a few of the regulars that I follow are talking about hosting a new writing challenge in the future and that will be better I think.

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      • I played with that idea too, to set up my own weekly or monthly challenges, but photo challenges. But that would require lots of good ideas, a lot of sheduling of posts. I guess I am a bit too lazy for such large projects, but I never say “never”.

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  2. I’m really very glad to have found this blog. I didn’t even know it was there until I hunted it down and dug it out of the giant pile that are the blogs that get buried underneath WordPress.

    I get a LOT of my ideas from my readers too. Often what starts out as a comment becomes a post. Sometimes the comment actually becomes the post just by adding an opening sentence and something to close it off.

    Five years for you on this blog. Six for me on mine. So you were around the LAST time WP pulled the Daily Prompt our from under us. Don’t you feel like you’re in reruns?

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