RDP: Inspire

Finding Inspiration

What inspires me to write a blog? Well when I started my first blog it was partly for practical reasons. I’d been asked to maintain a blog as part of some volunteer work I was doing and as I didn’t know much about it I thought that I should practice on one of my own rather than risk messing up someone else’s. At around the same time I started using Facebook and my sister-in-law commented that I ought to start a blog.  So I did.

I’d read that it was best to write about a subject that you know and like. I started Dolls Dolls Dolls which I now share with my sister Naomi  because I wanted a way to share my enjoyment of my hobby with others.  I enjoy photography and I like taking photos of my dolls but I also wanted to share experiences and information with like-minded people. I suppose you could say I wanted to educate new collectors but in a fun way.

Our Other Blog was started because I found that after a couple of months doing the doll blog  I wanted to write off topic as well. I had photographs I wanted to share and places I wanted to describe.

Sometimes it is a little harder to find inspiration to do this regularly because I wouldn’t say I live a very exciting life. Some weeks I don’t leave home except to go to the Op Shop but the various writing and photo challenges are always there and I enjoy them. I don’t participate in every prompt. If the word gives me an idea it’s pretty easy for me to write 500 words on it. If it doesn’t inspire me I leave it alone. When I do travel I try to take notes although I’m not always regular about doing this.

Travel diary and note book, my sister knows me well.

Things that inspire me to write or take photos:

  • Travel
  • Architecture
  • Memories
  • Animals
  • Nature
  • Home
  • Politics (but not too often)
  • TV and Movies
  • Things that annoy me (but not too often I hope)
  • Dolls
  • Trains
  • image Huon River at Huonville
    The Huon River from the bridge at Huonville

My other main inspiration comes from reading the work of other bloggers. Often a post or even a comment from a fellow blogger will send me on a train of thought that I know I can’t do justice to in a comment so it becomes a post.

When I began blogging  I wondered if I would have the motivation to post regularly. Five years on inspiration has not deserted me yet.


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 WordPress.com 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.


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