Blogging Insights 3.0 -2

Dr Tanya is back with a new year of Blogging Insights.


Do you write directly on a device? Are you old school, do you write on paper first? Do you re-draft? If so, how many times?

Generally I write on my PC or laptop directly. For a writing prompt I will copy paste the questions on to a new page and answer them as I go. Occasionally, if the formatting of the questions is in list form, or there are a lot of graphics and colours on the page that I don’t want to copy, I will open a Word document and copy the questions on to that first. When I’ve sorted out the formatting I’ll either answer the questions in the Word document or just paste the questions on to my blank post and do it there like I usually do.

I have sometimes used pen and paper to write notes or an outline for a post if I’m away from home and have no access to a computer but really I prefer to type. My handwriting is horrible and I might not be able to read it back later.

Travel diary and note book, my sister knows me well.

After I’ve written my post I proofread and I may rewrite parts of it. Sometimes I may redraft the whole thing. I don’t usually do that with these Q&A posts though. Then I add pictures if I haven’t already done so and preview the post again. I may make a few more alterations before I’m happy with the words and the look of the post. That may mean one or two redrafts or if it is a long post about a specific subject it may be many more. Sometimes writing a post this way may take me a couple of hours, other times I’ll be done in twenty minutes.



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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