E.M.’s Sunday Ramble #23


Blogging

When did you start your blog?

Both our blogs, this one and the doll blog were started by me 9 years ago. Naomi joined in a bit later.

Did you start with a theme, or did it come later on?

This blog does not have a theme. I started it because I already had a themed blog. I started Dolls,Dolls,Dolls in May 2013 but after about a month of blogging and reading other people’s blogs I discovered that I wanted to write about other things as well. So “My Other Blog”, now “Our Other Blog”, was born so that I could post about those off topic subjects somewhere else. I did decide fairly early that I would make a point of featuring Tasmanian places from time to time. I know that many overseas readers don’t know a lot about Tasmania, including whether it is part of Australia. (Yes, it is.) I thought it would be nice to raise a bit of awareness of this beautiful part of Australia where I’m lucky enough to live.

Map of Tasmania

What is your favorite post that you have ever written on your blog?

I honestly can’t say. In nine years, I’ve written a humongous number of posts and naturally I think they are all wonderful. Well, some are better than others if I’m honest. Sometimes the ones I’ve especially enjoyed writing have gone without comment while others have surprised me by still being read years later. I don’t think I can pick a favourite.

Do you share your blog with friends and family, or do you keep your blogging world separate from them?

When I started, I didn’t really tell people I knew but over time I’ve grown more comfortable with talking about it. I share this blog on Facebook and at least one friend and a couple of family members regularly read it. However, I do keep things very low key and never ask people to read my posts or what they thought of them if they did.

What is the best advice you could give someone who is new to blogging?

  • Write about something that you care about.
  • Write as often as you can.
  • Don’t get hung up on statistics.
  • Read and answer comments on your posts as often as you can.
  • Read other bloggers work and comment on it but don’t leave links to your own blog every time you do unless it is a blogging challenge and you have been invited to do so.
  • Proofread your work!

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. Great advice to a new blogger, Taswegian! I could be better about proofreading for sure. It’s one of my weaknesses. The historical spots on the map are really interesting. Thanks so much for joining in and rambling your blogging journey with me and the rest of the ramblers 🙂

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