Blogging Insights #56: Your User Name

Today, Dr Tanya at Salted Caramel asks us about our user names.


Do you use your own name for blogging?

I don’ t use my own name as part of our blog title but it is visible on both of them. I have a Gravatar profile in the sidebar which shows my first name. I use my own name on Facebook which means that I’m easily found. Quite a lot of bloggers who I follow or who follow me know me by my first name and I am fine with that. As I ‘ve often posted pictures of my house on this blog I’m sure anyone who wanted to could find out everything about me anyway.

If you use a psuedonym, what are your reasons for this and what led you to choose that particular name?

When I started to blog I was a bit shy to use my own name and felt more comfortable with a pseudonym. I picked Taswegian1957 as it refers to where I live and the year I was born.

Is there an interesting story behind your User Name?

Not really, I just wanted to have something that felt relevant and was easy to remember, especially easy for ME to remember. I have an eBay user name too, Sadieinoz1957, which I picked for similar reasons. Sadie refers to the fact that I was working as a cleaner in 1998 when I joined eBay. (After a song called “Sadie the Cleaning Lady”), oz is Australia of course and again my year of birth because I am not shy about my age.


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.


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