Blogging Insights New Format #27


I Still Love to Blog

Dr Tanya has provided the above quote for us to comment on this week.

Blogging was trendy for a long time before I started doing it but in recent times many “influencers” seem to feel that they are better off using social media that provides content in short “bites” like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc. or by making YouTube videos. Those are fine for some things but I suppose it depends on what you are trying to say. It seems to me that most social media sites including WordPress are really geared towards making money or at least about “promoting your brand”. I’m a hobby blogger. I don’t have a brand and I don’t want one.

I don’t feel that I could communicate anything meaningful in just a few characters and I am not constantly on my phone posting new content or reacting to it. I blog on my desktop or laptop and I usually write longish posts which would be a pain in the neck without a proper keyboard.

My new computer.

My posts are about my take on the world, daily happenings, outings and so on. I have been blogging for nearly nine years and for me it has become a lot like the letters that I used to write to pen pals when I was younger. There are several bloggers whose blogs I follow and who follow me and although I have never met them, I feel that I know them as well as I know people I see regularly because they share their lives with me. I think that’s why I stay really despite how much WordPress has changed in the last few years and despite how I and many others complain about it. I think it is why we all stay, not out of loyalty to the brand but out of loyalty to the community. WordPress has a great community of bloggers which is more than can be said for most other social media.

Blogging, for me, and for the community of hobby bloggers is not about fashion. It’s about communication, friendship, sharing ideas and information and the love of writing. I think, well I hope, that there will always be people who want to do that. It may not always be called blogging but there will be some form of it whether it’s online blogs, newsletters, letters or something else.

This Underwood Typewriter is from around 1911

Taswegian1957

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 WordPress.com 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.

3 comments

  1. 615pm eastern standard time. East coast USA. Indigeonous families. I was also birthed in 1957. Smile.

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    • Hi there, I am sorry not to have responded sooner. I’m in Australia so when you are online I’m often asleep in bed. I won’t post your previous comment because it is a bit personal and off topic but I do believe that getting back to blogging would be a good thing for you so I hope that you do.

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