Blogging Insights: Who Are You?

This week I’m answering another of Dr Tanya’s questions for bloggers.


How do you see yourself primarily, as a writer or a blogger, and is there a difference?

I see myself as a blogger rather than a writer. Why? I feel that I lack the creativity and maybe the passion to be a real writer.

I don’t have the imagination to write fiction or poetry. If writing had become my profession I probably would have made a better journalist, dealing with facts rather than fiction.

I think that I am probably more of a diarist though. When I was young I had penfriends in different parts of the world and I used to write them long letters about what I had been doing, my opinions about certain subject and descriptions of what it was like to live in Australia. My blogging style is a lot like that I think.

I imagine that a writer feels compelled to write. Bloggers want to communicate too but perhaps it’s not the consuming passion in their lives. Unless they are business bloggers trying to make a living but that’s different too I think. Sometimes I do get an overwhelming urge to write about a subject but mostly I find that certain subjects are fun and easy to write about and others are not. If you gave me a topic I had no interest in the blank screen would look very intimidating and I would probably just skip it.

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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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