Blogging Insights #54

Here is Dr Tanya’s quote for Blogging Insights this week.

“We must not only blog what is popular. We must blog about our passions, no matter how quaint. This is true empowerment.”

Su Layug

Although the first sentence of this quote annoys me a bit; I hate being told what I must or must not do, I do agree with the second part.

Like Dr Tanya I read the same advice as a new blogger, which was to choose a subject that I was interested in. “Write about what you know.” I chose to write about dolls because I had been collecting for many years. I think it was good advice. It was easy to write about it. I suppose that many people would think my hobby is “quaint” and that’s being kind. A lot of people think that dolls are creepy and the people who collect them are weird. However, I knew there would be others like me out there who would understand my interest and we found each other.

A group of Barbies I was photographing for our doll blog.

The online course that I did about blogging for profit suggested that a way to make money was to start several niche blogs which, when readership was high enough, would make you money from advertisements. The course taught that you should research to find out what subjects were popular but not too popular and write about those. There was a lot about key words and SEO in it too. That was when I discovered that I can’t write about things that I have no interest in, even for money. I’m afraid the example in the course did not help me to become enthusiastic about the plan. It was about concrete. I suppose that there are people in this world who love concrete but I haven’t met any of them.

Perhaps if you are really focussed on making money you can make yourself write about anything whether it interests you or not. I think I will just continue to pursue my quaint passions.



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.

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