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Tuesday, December 23

Merry Christmas!



I'm going to take a wee break from blogging over Christmas and the New Year so this would be a good time to thank all my readers for their support this year and wish you all the best over the festive season and a prosperous 2015.

I'd also like to thank those who've contributed posts to the blog - Omar, David M. and Phil Rogers in particular - whose often timely efforts have taken some of the strain off of what is otherwise a one-man band. Omar's post of more than two years ago, A Coffee House in Cunda, remains the second most popular post of almost 400 published since then.

The Online Darkroom is continuing to grow and is now getting between 40,000 and 50,000 hits a month which translates into a 30% increase over the year. It would be nice to see if I could push on in 2015 but it's not going to be easy as I'm already active on the usual social media sites and it's difficult to see where I can go from here.

I think the only way of expanding would be if everyone told their mates about the site and encouraged them to become regular visitors but I know many of you have already done that. Of course, it could be that film is now such a niche interest that there isn't much room left for growth. Or maybe I should bite the bullet and get a Leica outfit so that perhaps the most loyal of all marque enthusiasts would have a reason to stop by?

So, once again, sincere thanks to everyone and have a great time over the next couple of weeks.

15 comments :

Omar Özenir said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family as well, Bruce.

Kind regards from Istanbul,
Omar

Herman Sheephouse said...

Yep - same here Bruce - you deserve a rest.

Can I just add a message for any OD readers, regular or casual - putting up the sheer amount of posts Bruce does in a year is simply bloody hard work and total graft - I don't know he does it, so if you're so inclined, please raise a glass of cheer to him - he deserves it.
Merry Christmas.

Donato Chirulli said...

Of course...Merry XMas to you!

Keith Tapscott said...

A very Christmas to you as well Bruce and your blog-followers.

Keep up the good work.

Keith.

Eric said...

Happy Christmas Bruce. Is that fairy sitting on top of a Rolleiflex Old Standard by any chance?

Anonymous said...

Hello Bruce, thank you for a great blog. I wish Merry Christmas to you, to Omar and to all the analogue photography and bw pictures addicted people. Anton

Bruce Robbins said...

It certainly is, Eric. Well spotted. It's a 1932 Rollei and a real gem.

marty said...

Happy Christmas. It's always a pleasure to stop by and enjoy a good reading, thank you for the excellent job.

Jean-François Bonnin said...

Nice Xmas to you folks.

morris1800 said...

A bit late for me to wish you happy Xmas Bruce but have a great Hogmanay. Remember though if you are seduced onto the dance floor by your favorite Bay City Rollers record remember to remove your camera from your sporran. I speak from experience having joined in the Hokey cokey one year with a Rollei 6002 + hammer head flashgun still hanging around my neck. A bruising experience !

martyNL said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and all of the very best for the new year.

David M said...

It's time to wish you a Happy New Year.
So. Happy New Year.

Skellum said...

Hey Bruce, this lay-off from the blog might give you time to get in the dark and make a nice print for the next round of the exchange on FADU.
You know you want to!

Dave Jenkins said...

So, Bruce. . .Is this a "wee break" or a Sabbatical?

Bruce Robbins said...

Well timed question David! That's me writing again now.