Blogging Insights #65: 26 December

Dr Tanya is back with one more Blogging Insights quote before the end of the year. Here it is.

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. “

Eugene Ionesco- playwright

I’m sure that for professional writers this is true. How about for the rest of us?

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It’s an interesting quote for me because one of my Christmas gifts was a five year journal. It is a thick hardcover book and the idea is to write two or three lines every day for the next five years. My first thought was “I’ll be 70 when I finish this.” My second thought was “Can I keep it up?” Can I think of something meaningful to write every day for five years?

I had much the same thoughts when I started blogging. Would I be able to think of things to write consistently or would I get tired of it and abandon it after a few weeks or months. That was nine years ago. I wasn’t putting the pressure on myself to write every day with the blog though.

I suppose that I do think about writing a lot. Far more than I actually write. I’ve always written something though, letters, travel diaries, notes and ideas that I would share with Naomi, long emails that took the place of letters and then blogging. However, I’ve never felt like I was a “real” writer, just a person who likes to dabble in it.

My journalling journey starts on 1 January. Wish me luck.

PS: If I am not around much for the next week or so it is because the internet here in Sisters Beach is not very good. At Christmas time when all the people who own or are renting holiday homes come to stay it just can’t cope and sometimes fails completely as it did last night when I was first trying to write this post. Sometimes we just give up and don’t even try to get online, stream TV or use the phone.



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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