Blogging Insights Rebooted: Hiatus


Have you ever taken a hiatus from blogging?

I have taken a few short breaks from blogging. When my husband died, when I was on holidays, for a short time during the bushfires in 2019 and when I moved. Only the first was a true hiatus because for the others I scheduled posts to be published during the time I would be gone and for the most part managed to read and answer comments a couple of times. I have never taken a long break from blogging because I haven’t wanted to.

Do you think that it is necessary to announce/declare the hiatus?

If you are running a regular feature like a challenge I think it is. People often plan their own blogging around those. I also think that there are bloggers I know who would be concerned if they didn’t see posts from me for a couple of weeks so I think it only fair to explain the same way I would to friends. “Don’t worry about me. I’m just taking a break.”

Did your blog “suffer” from the hiatus?

This blog certainly suffers if I don’t post for even a few days . That’s why if I know I won’t be available I schedule posts or ask Naomi to post something to fill the gaps unless she is with me of course. Our doll blog doesn’t seem to do too badly without me if I don’t post but this one needs more attention. No new material means a big drop in views.

Photo by Helena Lopes on


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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