Blogging Insights: Interaction

Dr Tanya is back with another blogging quote.


“I believe the term “blog” means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume.” – Michael Arrington, TechCrunch

I agree with this statement. I certainly go to blogs to read, write and comment. I think most of us do. We like to know that our work is being read. If we didn’t want our thoughts to be heard why would we blog online at all?

Like most bloggers I know I love the interaction in the comment threads. A post that sparks real conversations is a good post in my opinion.

When you think about it, if you consider your blog an online journal where what you wrote was not for others to see you have really come to the wrong platform. If something is online somebody else will find a way to read it and share it. If you want privacy don’t put your stuff online.

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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.


  1. Perfectly said Vanda! I do think that some bloggers have a rather unusual view of what constitutes TMI (I do for one, I overshare too often I think), but I usually change the status of the offensive post to private pretty quickly. Others think any personal sharing is too much. I guess they’re after content, not quality. “Journaling” is a life line to the mental health community in my opinion! 🙂

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    • Journaling for your own personal benefit is a great idea. I always keep a travel journal when I go on a trip. However, if it is sensitive and you would rather others didn’t see it online is not the place to put it.


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