Blogging Insights #10

Dr Tanya has provided a quotation about blogging to discuss this week for Blogging Insights.

As Dr Tanya said in her own post you could look at this quote in several different ways. I’m a hobby blogger so unlike the bloggers who write for money I do have the freedom to write about what I want to write about, or to not write at all if I’ve got nothing to say. However, as many of us have said in the past if we didn’t want to be read we could just keep a private journal.

Just the same I do have to be true to myself. I won’t write about things that I don’t believe in or that don’t interest me. That’s actually why I decided that I would not blog for money. I was doing an online course about blogging for profit and the idea was to create numerous blogs and build them up to the point where you could make money with them. However, I didn’t like some of the methods that were suggested. One was to follow and comment on blogs and leave a link to your own. I’d already been blogging long enough to know that’s terrible blogging etiquette. I wasn’t going to do that. Nor did I like the idea of picking subjects to write about based on SEO, keywords and what would sell. It probably didn’t help that the example in the course was concrete. Eventually I got too bored to even read about it. But seriously, it did make me realise that I have to be interested in a subject in order to write about it. Or at least it has to be something I find intriguing enough to want to learn more. So in that sense I guess that it is better for me to write for myself than write for the public if it means writing about things that mean nothing to me.



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.


  1. Fortunately, most of the professional writing I did was stuff that I found interesting — technology, but also stuff for NASA about the stars and satellites. While not every moment of it was inspirational, none of it was ugly either. The quote seems to be of the opinion that if you aren’t purely expressing yourself, your writing is in some way soul-destroying. Which would make every journalist, every tech writer, everyone who has written a textbook into what? People without a soul? That’s ridiculous since most of what we do write about EVEN as bloggers isn’t fiction. Very few of us write mostly fiction, even when we have a choice. Non-fiction is the real ruler of the writing world. Fiction somehow manages to win all the prizes probably because they don’t give prizes for most non-fiction other than journalism.


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