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.
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!