Blogging Insights #45: Ambience

Some people can write anytime and anywhere. Others require certain pre-requisites such as the appropriate setting before they can get their creativity going. In today’s Blogging Insights we discuss the necessity or otherwise of the right ambience for blogging.

Today I’m playing along with Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel who poses the following questions.


What , in your opinion, is the perfect ambience for blogging / writing?

Everyone’s perfect is different but I guess that most people would say it has to be comfortable. For me it’s either at my desktop computer or on my laptop. I have a little nook in the stairwell where I can just fit a desk and chair and that is where I will probably be doing a lot of writing. At the old house my desk was in the smaller of the two living areas. I spent many hours writing there. During the colder weather though I’m more likely to be on the laptop in the living room. It is warmer and when I’m on my own I can listen to music or have the TV on for company. It would be nice to be able to work outside in the gazebo in fine weather but I find that the sun glare makes it too hard to see the screen.

My new computer.

Are you able to work in this setting on a daily basis?

Yes, as I rarely go away from home.

Do you feel that the ambience has any particular effect on the quality or quantity of your output?

I can’t speak for quality but the right conditions probably make for more output. I don’t want to sit at the computer for a long time if I am cold or uncomfortable or the lighting is bad. I stopped using my old desktop computer which was set up downstairs because the lighting was so bad that I could barely see the keyboard in the evenings. I have blogged on a tablet when I’ve been away from home and apart from the inconvenience of the small screen I found that I could still work as long as I had a comfortable spot to sit. I don’t like being distracted though. I can’t write if there is a noisy TV show or someone constantly talking to me when I’m trying to concentrate. If I have an idea I really want to write about I can at least get a rough draft done even away from home. I’ve blogged at friends homes when I had to evacuate because of the bushfires last year, I’ve blogged from a cruise ship and at the airport. It’s harder to concentrate but not impossible.

A charred leaf possibly from a blackwood tree.


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. I think that is a picture of your own writing nook that you have shared a above. you are so right in saying that everyone’s perfect is different. This applies to blogging as well as to life in general.
    Thanks for joining in, and I hope to see you on Blogging Insights again.

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