Uniquely North Coast is creating a blog that explores interesting corners of the Northern Rivers
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Many blogs are about contemporary people. Yet when people are not around, what remains are the places that they inhabited, and the things that they did there.

Uniquely North Coast started in the middle of 2015. As the name suggests, its sole focus is the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. My initial idea had been to focus on quirkiness along the lines of the Keep Austin Weird campaign in Texas, but after some deliberation I felt more comfortable with a more neutral stance while allowing the weirdness to creep in of its own volition.

From the start, I was interested in looking at exploring unsung places that are off the beaten track, revealing little-known historical facts, and sometimes engaging with certain locals whose lifestyles or eccentricities align well with its general feel. The inspirations that I drew on are at https://uniquelynorthcoast.wordpress.com/inspirations

My original aim was to put up a new post somewhere between once a week and once a month, and to an extent this has been successful. Instead of quantity, I've aimed for quality.

A post about a former brickworks at Woodlawn, near Lismore, amounted to about 3,200 words, and involved about thirty hours of historical investigations over a period of a few weeks. A substantial portion of this involved carrying out original research by digging through old editions of the Northern Star on Trove.

Another recent survey of the disused Booyong-to-Ballina rail line has about 4,800 words, contains 48 photos, and required eight trips to sites along the former line, some of which involved organising access onto private properties.

Both of these posts broke new ground by assembling information that had never before been collected together in the same place. No other blog within the region has the same area of focus.

I decided to join up with Patreon as a means of covering the costs associated with running the blog (fuel, research in historical society archives, and eventually fees for using Wordpress.) Beyond this, I'm also hoping to receive a token amount of remuneration in exchange for running the project. There are presently no plans to receive income from advertising.

If you enjoy what I write, I invite you to become a supporter by pledging a donation per post that I make. There is no minimum amount. At present, patrons do not receive any patron-only content, but this could change.

In addition, I'm always interested in suggestions for future topics, although there are no guarantees that they will later be used.
Many blogs are about contemporary people. Yet when people are not around, what remains are the places that they inhabited, and the things that they did there.

Uniquely North Coast started in the middle of 2015. As the name suggests, its sole focus is the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. My initial idea had been to focus on quirkiness along the lines of the Keep Austin Weird campaign in Texas, but after some deliberation I felt more comfortable with a more neutral stance while allowing the weirdness to creep in of its own volition.

From the start, I was interested in looking at exploring unsung places that are off the beaten track, revealing little-known historical facts, and sometimes engaging with certain locals whose lifestyles or eccentricities align well with its general feel. The inspirations that I drew on are at https://uniquelynorthcoast.wordpress.com/inspirations

My original aim was to put up a new post somewhere between once a week and once a month, and to an extent this has been successful. Instead of quantity, I've aimed for quality.

A post about a former brickworks at Woodlawn, near Lismore, amounted to about 3,200 words, and involved about thirty hours of historical investigations over a period of a few weeks. A substantial portion of this involved carrying out original research by digging through old editions of the Northern Star on Trove.

Another recent survey of the disused Booyong-to-Ballina rail line has about 4,800 words, contains 48 photos, and required eight trips to sites along the former line, some of which involved organising access onto private properties.

Both of these posts broke new ground by assembling information that had never before been collected together in the same place. No other blog within the region has the same area of focus.

I decided to join up with Patreon as a means of covering the costs associated with running the blog (fuel, research in historical society archives, and eventually fees for using Wordpress.) Beyond this, I'm also hoping to receive a token amount of remuneration in exchange for running the project. There are presently no plans to receive income from advertising.

If you enjoy what I write, I invite you to become a supporter by pledging a donation per post that I make. There is no minimum amount. At present, patrons do not receive any patron-only content, but this could change.

In addition, I'm always interested in suggestions for future topics, although there are no guarantees that they will later be used.

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