Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Post #500

When I started this blog in January 2009 I had no idea that I would reach 100 posts, let alone 500. But Blogger tells me that this will be the 500th post published, so I am accepting their arithmetic.

Fellow bloggers and perhaps even readers will realise that blogging is compulsive, frustrating, rewarding and cathartic all rolled into one. There are times when I could have easily given up and other times when I thought I might continue forever.

I started this exercise as an addendum to my photography hobby, having retired from work because of an illness (life changing, not life threatening, fortunately for me). I wanted to do something that would get me out of the house and also keep me busy when I was in the house, and blogging has filled those needs admirably. I have happily pottered about all over Brisbane, mainly on public transport, and spent hours on-line discovering information about Brisbane people and places.

I am principally a secondary researcher rather than a primary one. That means that I have "stood on the shoulders of giants" to fact-find for my stories. Places like the John Oxley Library, the Brisbane City Council Library Services, Trove and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection have provided much of the material that I have used here. Other researchers and writers, too numerous to mention, have provided inspiration and information. I have tried to credit sources wherever possible and if I have left any out I can only apologise. Similarly, I have endeavoured to be accurate, but if there are any mistakes I am responsible for them. One of the disadvantages of running for so long is that some of the older pages have links that now do not work because the originating site has been altered, a peril of the ever-changing digital world.

So - the blog is taking a sabbatical. I expect to be back but I don't know when. My extremely patient wife and I are travelling overseas in June and when we return I will consider all options, as they say in the classics.

Thank you to all readers, whether occasional or regular. Particular thanks to those who have made comments, provided ideas and information, or corrected errors.



  1. Enjoy your holiday overseas! I love your blog, so I hope you return with renewed energy for telling the stories of Brisbane. :-)

  2. Dear Mr Foto Fanatic, I will certainly miss your blog posts, I have found them extremely interesting & entertaining. I hope you have fun exploring other cities around the world and finding out a bit about what makes them tick too. Bon Voyage :)

  3. Thanks FF. I've followed your blog for 4 years and it's been really great watching. Hope you show us some pictures from OS :-)

  4. Have a great holiday and thank you for all your hard work in producing such an interesting and informative blog :-)

  5. Bon voyage (or, as we say here, nesiyah tovah)and a safe return. As a keen reader for some years, in my home town of Jerusalem, of your blog about my original home town I have had many happy memories revived of a place that no longer exists. I hope you return recharged and ready to resume your writing.


  6. I'll miss your blog, it definitely is one of the blogs I always prefer to read. Have a great holiday and I hope you continue blogging in the future.

  7. Fabulous blog - thanks for the memories and research. I hope you will be back sometime soon. Enjoy the break.

  8. Have a fabulous holiday Foto Fanatic, look forward to your posts when you get back. xx

  9. Hope you enjoy your hols.
    Congrats on the 500 and thanks too.
    As an ex-pat of Bardon/Brisbane I have got a lot out of your posts...home sickness for a start.
    Anyway, big thank you from the UK

  10. Thank you for all your hard work, I've loved every one of your posts, it's been good to read up on the history of the areas where my family lived for most of our lives, it's amazing how much you can learn about somewhere you had lived for so long! I do hope you come back, I eagerly await your next very informative post. Enjoy your holiday!

  11. A small note to say thank you Mr FF. I'm careful to only check in here every few months because I always end up spending hours longer reading your posts than I have available. Recently I saw your blog was recommended as a reference source in my son's school project brief! You're famous! Evidently they felt the Qld Heritage Register insurmountable for seven year olds, understandably. Thank you.


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