Blogging Insights #62: 28 November

Every week Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel shares a quote about blogging for us to discuss. Here is this week’s.

“Here’s the only blogging tip you really need: always follow your intuition.” 

Kelly Thoreson

As usual I have no idea who the author of the quote is. I do think that you should follow your intuition when blogging but to say it is the only tip you need is a bit simplistic I feel.

When I first started blogging it was to maintain a blog that belonged to a local church in Geeveston. I had to upload the Pastor’s talks and sometimes post pictures of church activities. I’d never blogged in my life at that stage so I did try to read up about SEO, keywords and other things I could do to make the blog look better and attract more readers.

Photo by Sarah Blocksidge on

When I started my own blogs I started off by using some of the same advice, find a niche, use SEO keywords, add links etc. I don’t honestly know if it helped. My early posts are so full of links that they look like Wikipedia entries.

After a while, when I’d been blogging for a few months and had read the good advice given by fellow hobby bloggers I started to feel that rather than worrying about all those things so much I should just be myself and write about the things that interested me. So I guess I did use my intuition but I also learned more about blogging from writers whose work I enjoyed and tried a few different formats before I found my style.



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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