Blogging Insights 3.0 #4

This week Dr Tanya at “Salted Caramel”, has provided a quote about writing for discussion.


“Writing is always difficult, but easier with something to say.”

From “Bridge of Clay” by Marcus Zusak.

As a hobby blogger I don’t find writing particularly difficult. I can write what I like, when I like and how I like. There is no pressure on me. I do think that writing professionally would be a lot harder. As those bloggers who have written books have commented, there is a lot of work involved in producing a book to sell and it seems not a lot of support from publishing companies.

I do agree that writing is much easier if you have something to say. That’s why I enjoy prompts that give me ideas and why I prefer writing non-fiction to fiction. It’s easier for me to think of real things I want to talk about than to make something up.

The exception to that might be if you have been given a topic to write on that you really don’t care about. Of course, if you are on salary then you’ll have to find a way to tackle it and make it sound interesting.

I’ve mentioned before that a year or two ago Naomi and I looked into the blogging for money idea and came across a course online that we decided to try. The instructor suggested that to make money you should have something like ten websites dealing with different niche subjects. Unfortunately for us the example he chose to use was about concrete. It was so boring! At least it was a free course. I now suspect that this particular course was more about giving the instructor more opportunities to grow his own business than helping students because we received so many emails inviting us to participate in webinars or buy particular products. I won’t fall for that sort of marketing again.

Photo by Rodolfo Quiru00f3s on

I realised that I could not make myself write about something like that just to generate advertising. If I’m writing about a niche subject it has to be one that I care about or find interesting, I could do the research but I would still have nothing to say about concrete. I guess I am not cut out for writing for profit.



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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