March 24, 2019 … A last farewell from WYSIWYG


Goodbye from Normandale

My blog has a heritage dating back to February 1994. Its original purpose was to provide a summary of New Zealand news to expatriates before newspapers realised that there was a market for such a service. WYSIWYG News was published more or less weekly from 1993. from 1995 I added the “purple prose” lead-in sections which were a page or so of my thoughts and observations. In its glory days it was distributed by various channels and had approximately 4,500 subscribers. By 2010 it had become essentially redundant and it ceased to exist as a news aggregation service. In 2012 I resuscitated it as a personal indulgence that allowed me to share my love of photography with some random purple-prose editorializing.

It was kindly received by many of you, but recent statistics on the WordPress site tell me that just 10 people a week still look in. It is clear that its time has passed and this is the very last post under this banner. I shall remain active in a less structured way in the usual social media channels.

To all the friends I have made, and to all who have accompanied me on this very long journey, my warmest thanks for the affirmation and support.

I can still be contacted on Facebook as, or on Instagram @brian.harmer or via email at Stay well and safe, and make contact if you pass through Wellington.

About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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13 Responses to March 24, 2019 … A last farewell from WYSIWYG

  1. Paul Le Roy says:

    An amazing achievement Brian, I have popped in now and then and some of your pictures have lead me to investigate the area and enjoy them too.

  2. Louise and Clay says:

    Oh my, Brian. How very distressing because we have been following and thoroughly enjoying you for so many years starting when we had no way to receive New Zealand news. We continued on to enjoy your wonderful prose and photography and glimpse news of your lovely family. We count ourselves lucky indeed to have met you and spent a day with you in the Wellington area. As our travels are sporatic these days we shall miss regular contact with your incredible and generous talent and our “second home.” Thank you so much and our very best wishes for you and your family. Louise and Clay

  3. Peter Clayton says:

    So sorry to hear this, Brian. I had no idea that regular readers like Del and me were so few in number. We feel we’ve got to know you – and your family, and your photographic interests – so much better through all your posts. And you’ve encouraged me to make more photographic excursions, too!

    I hope you’ll continue to post some photos on Facebook?

    All the very best –


  4. Ants says:

    Nice words…I hope that we stay in touch.

  5. Peter Coleridge says:

    Good-bye Brian. I have only known you through WYSIWYG but have enjoyed every one of your postings for over 10 years. (I am very surprised to hear the WordPress statistics.) Enjoy your “retirement”.

  6. Simon Bradbury says:

    Farewell to WYSIWYG – as a DC-based ex-pat Wellingtonian (and amateur photographer) I have been following you for some years now Brian. Thank you for your perseverance, and for all the images. I just followed you on insta so will keep up with you there!

    Take care Simon Bradbury


  7. Ellen says:

    Thanks Brian for your years of wonderful photos and interesting travel diaries. I’m sad to hear it is ending but wish you all the good things of life as you pursue a different retirement journey.

  8. Katie says:

    I read your posts in a feed reader so I don’t suppose WordPress counts me. I suspect your numbers are higher than they say. Anyway, I’m so glad I’ll see your photos on Facebook and Instagram. 🙂

  9. Tina McCarthy says:

    My heartfelt thanks for helping me stay connected to Wellington all these years. I must have been an almost-founding member of WYSIWIG News as I’ve been in Texas since 1992. I remember excitedly pouring over your NZ news excerpts every week. I’ve enlarged your photos on my computer screen many times too, soaking up the details of our beautiful part of the world.
    I’ll be sure to find you on FB and Instagram.

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