Nothing to see here…

A view over Red Hill, a suburb of Brisbane on my daily walk home from work

This is my first post on this rebranded site – The Andy T Channel.

Ta-dahhhhhh!

Actually, I don’t really expect anyone to read this – as I haven’t posted in a long time – but that’s okay. This post is really just to get the ball rolling again, as I intend on breathing life into this site. I’m still dreaming and I think of The Andy T Channel as a place where I can share my thoughts, adventures and dreams.

What would you like to see on this site?

When I ask myself that question, I miss exploring and investigating, so I think here you’ll likely see more of the same.

I’m still interested in ‘mysteries’, which to me means seldom visited places that contain legends or folk tales that you might occasionally hear. I’ll try and approach these topics from a factual angle, as an ‘open minded sceptic’, as I think I’ve done in the past. I’m still not convinced of anything I’ve experienced so far (click on my ‘mysteries’ tab to get an idea), but I’m eager to be proven otherwise.

What’s going on in my life? I have a job I like (I’m an eLearning developer), I now have a cocker spaniel named Cookie – who I go exploring with on the weekends – and my hobbies of late are walking, drinking craft beer and reading.

I had a year where I didn’t read much at all (during the Covid onslaught of 2020 actually), but Jim Butcher – author of ‘The Dresden Files’ – rescued me, and I’m currently ploughing through some of these stories while reading other books as well. I highly recommend The Dresden Files if you’re stuck and would like to rediscover (or just discover) reading.

Back to blogging – I live in Brisbane now, after moving north from Suffolk Park in the Northern Rivers. Actually, I’ve been here for nearly five years, as it’s been that long since I’ve blogged consistently. I like it up here and I think there’s opportunity to write about a greater variety of things, and I’ll just say here that it is my intention to do so moving forward.

I have absolutely no delusions about making money with this blog, as I did back when I started in 2012 (and which I managed to do). I’ve just realised that blogging got me out seeing more of the world around me and I miss that part of myself.

Lastly, I’ve got another recommendation if you’re a food/culture lover who’s missing travel while in lockdown: Rick Stein and his adventures on SBS on Demand, which have sated my appetite for travel a lot. I’m a big fan.

Anyway, thanks for reading if you’ve got this far.

Salud.

4 thoughts on “Nothing to see here…”

  1. G’day Andy, I’ve missed your “Travelling Type” updates on Facie so I’m glad I’ve stumbled across this (ie. sleuthed). I enjoy your writing; when I grow up I want to be a writer too. Craft-Beers-Cheers-Big-Ears, Caz in Ballina.

    1. Hi Carol!

      Apologies for the late reply, my thoughts haven’t been focused on this site. Besides work, I’ve been building a new site – Brissie Life (which I’m set to launch) – if you’re interested.

      I decided that since blogging requires a lot of effort, I would attempt to monetise and do something with it, so Brissie Life made more sense to me. Watch that space.

      Are you writing anything at the moment? Would love to read your stuff.

      Hope you’re well!

  2. Hi Andy! I’m just a random stranger from Tweed who’s stumbled across your page after googling Ukerebagh Island, I’ve been enjoying your blog while being paid to do other things. You remind me of Beau Miles, the backyard adventurer. Once I finish my degree, I hope to do more adventuring too. Thanks for giving me a few more ideas and reminding me that there is still SO MUCH to investigate. Alas, one lifetime just isn’t enough.

    1. Great to hear from you Camille. Thanks for pointing me in the direction of Beau Miles (who I hadn’t heard of previously).

      Totally about one lifetime not being enough. That’s what’s driving me back to the adventuring space – the thought that time is finite and I want to spend it doing things I love. I’m over here (soon to launch) if you’re interested.

      Point me in the direction of your adventures if you document them!

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