When Will The Full Bulletin Magazine Return?
Several folk have asked us when the full-format Unique Property Bulletin will return – here is the answer…
Hello Dear Reader,
Many thanks for the message asking when we are going to resume the monthly online magazine style Unique Property Bulletin.
We used to send out a regular, free, online, Unique Property Bulletin containing a dozen unusual sale listings, plus articles and features to all of our email subscribers. Also a large number of folk just checked the main website every couple of weeks or so….
Old Style Paper Format Bulletin (1992).
Online Is Subtly Different
However, by 2016, the online version had increased circulation significantly (a good thing – and thank you to all our readers). But we were faced with an overload and burnout of our 4 volunteers. The exponential increase in readership after transferring the Bulletin to an online format went a bit viral at times. We are incredibly grateful to the current 70,000 folk who read Unique Property Bulletin. With thousands of folk reading the Bulletin, hundreds of emails arrive each day (again, a good thing, no complaints). However, our volunteers began to cope less well. Of all things we would wish to for: messing up someone’s purchase of their ideal home because of information-overload at this end is not something we want to end up doing.
Action had to be taken to remedy the challenges of Unique Property Bulletin being an accidental success and not having sufficient resources to manage high readership numbers effectively.
Simply illustrated, the stage had been reached where our volunteers would have….
7am – Tidy Desk…
Actual Desk of A Volunteer: Relatively Tidy!
10pm – Not So Tidy…
A Full Days Work!
2am – After Midnight – Falling Off Our Perch…
Well After Midnight & Still 24 Emails To Reply To.
…and next day, repeat cycle. Begin again!
We needed to take a decision. Close the Bulletin completely, or find a solution. An interesting one.
Consequently, the volunteers at Unique Property Bulletin are on sabbatical and have made substantial progress with our plan. Our time away from the mainstream magazine-format Bulletin with a simpler regimen of posting single items on our social media and main website every few days has delivered a very enjoyable result.
Current Social Media Presence For Ongoing Unique Property Bulletin
Until the new offices and staff are ready.
Sample Post – A New Item Every Few Days
The period we are away from the duties of a full blown online magazine every month has freed up our volunteers’ time to…
Find + fund + buy + then renovate new office premises for Unique Property Bulletin at the Noss Head Lighthouse Station…
Unique Property Bulletin
Noss Head Lighthouse Station: New Offices. Now Fully Purchased.
During 2019 we will return with full, free, magazine format Unique Property Bulletins.
The logic being we can rent out part of the newly acquired lighthouse buildings and use the income to employ some permanent staff to run the website. After 25 years, and especially since going online in 2011, the readership levels and emails from the Bulletin becoming unmanageable for our small group of four volunteers has had an amazing result. A lighthouse station as the home for this publication.
Some medium sized regional newspapers have less than a 70,000 readership (we are very grateful to all of our readers), but those same newspapers have a full time staff of 5 to 15 employees!
Source – Press Gazette: Click Here
Rather than have our volunteers hit overload/burnout, we are happy to advise the challenges described above have now been addressed.
Sufficient resources and income streams to pay new staff are well on their way to being realised. Thereby securing the long term future of Unique Property Bulletin.
The Engine House – Formerly The Office of Earl Caithness
Soon To Be Unique Property Bulletin HQ
By purchasing the Old Engine House at Noss Head Lighthouse Station, we are now well along the path of securing the magazine’s ability to serve our readers. We will recommence the full-format Unique Property Bulletin online during 2019.
There is a fabulous story to be recounted for all readers in this exercise of actually buying the unique property at Noss Head Lighthouse Station.
Twenty very impressive friends from a pool of 365 similarly decent folk joined in our 2018 UPB lighthouse HQ location adventure – funding UPB’s future with the Angels’ Share. We are incredibly indebted to every single soul who participated. If Karma forms part of your belief system, we are pretty sure the supporters of our northern UPB HQ endeavour will, in turn, secure their own unique home in due course.
In a virtual world you can work anywhere that has broadband, whether John O’Groats or Lands End and all stations in between. By the way you can see John O’Groats, and Orkney from Unique Property Bulletin’s new office windows…
The New HQ for Unique Property Bulletin.
If this gives our staff pleasure, then our philosophy is that will help them help you find and secure your dream home.
In due course, we shall write a full narrative of how funds can be rustled up from thin air and a major miracle ensuring a legacy of Unique Property Bulletin in perpetuity (a wish of it’s founder – currently ill and in deteriorating health).
A virtuous circle is being put into place. Buildings held in trust that bring in sufficient income to pay for staff. Forever.
Hope this helps answer the question.
Unique Property Bulletin Team.
Unique Property Bulletin HQ – New Offices Scheduled To Open In 2019
Pretty Spectacular & A Fine Place To Work And Help Others Secure Their Dream
Last Sabbatical From 1981
We are trying not to make a habit of taking a year off. Though check out the sideburns on the old fella – well young chap back at the last sabbatical. In 1981 he looked about 90 years younger than now (I snuck this past editorial) 🙂
Russ McLean, Founded Unique Property Bulletin in 1992.
Before that, in 1982 he served as Student Union President at Bell College in Hamilton.
Russ’ abiding wish – some here who work with him say passion – is to secure a long term legacy by providing this unique property finding service for our readers. For free. Forever.
The old bu66er might just manage it.
Russ McLean: Unique Property Bulletin Founder.
37 years between photos. We are having a whip round to buy a gallon of Botox for the wrinkles 🙂
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A – Air Control Towers For Sale
B – Barns For Sale
C – Castles For Sale
D – Distilleries For Sale
From A to Z and all letters in between. Plus Wildcards and favourites…
W – Wildcards – Any Idea What This Inverted Cylindrical Pyramid Thing Is?
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