Blogging Insights: Planning or Pantzing ?


This week Dr Tanya asks another question about our blogging habits.

Do you outline your posts (planningor do you just go ahead by the seat of your pants (pantzing) ?

I never heard the expression “Pantzing” before. I think I would be spelling it with an “S” actually as I prefer British spelling but as I’m not sure if it’s even a real word I’ll let it go.

I am not super organised about blogging. I don’t have a huge output. If I posted several times a day maybe I would be. My posts on this blog revolve largely around the challenge posts I participate in regularly. They are mainly photo posts so the main challenge is to either get out and take some pictures or find some time to edit some from my archive especially if I’m doing black and white.

When I’m writing a post I usually just start with the blank page and see where it goes. I know the subject I want to write about and I spend some time checking websites if I need more information or am not sure of my facts. Then I just write. The object is to get something down that makes sense to me. I can tidy it up later. I have occasionally jotted down ideas for a post but I don’t generally write an outline. Nor do I schedule posts for particular days on this blog. When I was a new blogger I did write more notes and if I am travelling I try to keep a journal if I am not connected to the internet so that I won’t forget things I might want to write about.

Photo by Plush Design Studio on

The doll blog I do plan a bit more but more in the photography part of it, choosing dolls, dressing them and setting up the photos. I have a regular post every Friday and don’t like to miss it. Sometimes I will do several of these at once and schedule them. I look to see what subjects I have covered before and how long ago so I can mix things up a bit.

A group of Barbies I was photographing for our doll blog.

The way I write suits me so I don’t think I’d be changing it.



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. All the bloggers I read are similar. None of us has a specific focus and subject and we tend to survive a lot longer on the net than the “focused” blogs. They seem to run out of steam two or three years into it, assuming they last past the first six months. This is, I think, because whatever you decided to focus on when you start, you change you mind or just plain get tired of talking about the same stuff.

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  2. The term pantzing was new to me too until I heard it during a YouTube video on creative writing. I guess it is just modern jargon for spontaneity.

    When I started blogging I found it difficult to narrow myself down to a sp6nichd of style too. I am basically a playing it by the ear type but a little planning is required to avoid chaos

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