Blogging Insights #52

It’s a new week and here is a new quote shared by Dr Tanya of “Salted Caramel”.


“The first step in blogging is not writing them but reading them. “Jeff Jarvis

I absolutely agree with this one. It’s what I did myself. My first attempt at blogging was not for me, it was for a church I was doing some volunteer work for. I knew nothing about blogging at all but I was just adding content to an existing blog. Naturally I read all the previous posts to see what sort of content was required but as was not my blog I didn’t want to mess with it too much.

When I started my first personal blog, I started to read the work of other bloggers. I read about my chosen subject of doll collecting but I also started to read other blogs that looked interesting and comment on them. That lead me to starting my second blog (this one).

I discovered other writers whose posts I still read today. I learned a lot from those bloggers such as how to format a post so it was easy to read and other practical things like that. I also found inspiration. More than one post of mine has been written after my comment on a post grew so long that I knew I needed to write a post of my own on the subject. My blogging community expanded when I started to read the blogs that my favourite bloggers read.

Photo by Ivan Samkov on

In those early blogging days, I discovered the wonderful photo challenges provided by Cee Neuner. Cee was at that time also running “Share Your World”, now run by Melanie of “Sparks From a Combustible Mind”. I think that was one of the first blogging challenges I joined in with. WordPress ran a Daily Prompt and various other writing and photo challenges then and I read, commented on and joined in quite a lot of those. Sadly, they are gone but the community stepped up to fill the gap.

I have watched some YouTube videos about blogging, they are handy for some of the practical stuff. I started to do a course about blogging but that just made me realise what sort of blogger that I don’t want to be.

I’d like to share some of the bloggers whose posts inspired and entertained me over the past nine years as I learned about blogging. There are others, some of them are no longer blogging or not regularly. I loved reading them all.

Serendipity: Seeking Intelligent Life On Earth

Cee’s Photo Challenges

Diary of Dennis

Chronicles of an Anglo-Swiss

Life in the Boomer Lane


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. I’ve learned a lot reading your posts. I’ve also read four histories of Australia because once I got interested, I just want to learn more. I think I follow people whose posts inspire me or give me new ideas. I just don’t have as much time to read as I used to have. Life keeps getting in the way and this month, all the appointments we cancelled last month are back, so it’s going to be doctor after doctor after doctor.

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    • I hate when appointments pile up like that and there is no time to think. I’m glad you were inspired to learn more about Australia after reading my posts. That is what I was trying to do.


      • Well, you did it for me. I’m taking on the Boer War next, but in between, I’m doing a couple of sci fi books because reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals” (life and times of Abraham Lincoln was really long and it was the third REALLY long book in a row. I needed something a bit lighter.

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      • Yes sometimes you need a break from serious books. I’m on a bit of a break at the moment only reading fiction books from the swap box at the visitor centre when it’s quiet and there are no jobs to do.

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