So, I haven't updated the website in a while, so thought that maybe I should, so here we are.
On top of that I want to try and include a regular blog of behind the scenes stuff related to the explores and also the current goings on around everything "Tazer".
So what's new??? Err... well... I suppose there is a fair bit. I just recently got back from my Road Trip with Steve Ronin and the other members of the newly created UK Exploring Crew. (I'll try and link them at the bottom of this post)
So what was it like? It was good, had a few hiccups to begin with... as most incidents of throwing a group who have never met each other together tend to have. And some bad luck at the beginning of the Road Trip too with some unsuccessful explores... but that's all part of the fun ;)
After a day or two things settled down and we got to know each other and had probably one of the best explores ever, which I think was a bit of a turning point to be honest. We needed a good explore to set us off right and we got it on day 3 with the theatre. As of writing this, that video had only just gone up, but I'll include the video here in case you haven't seen it...
This as I said was an amazing explore with such a dark history but also an amazing one. It was such a mix. On one hand you had the building's history with the greats. Playing host to the likes of "The Beatles" and "Laurel and Hardy" and then you had the more recent and darker past of the site being used for child trafficking. Truly horrible, but a site that I won't forget in a hurry that's for sure.
The trip had many more exciting adventures, which I want to talk about, but as a lot of the other videos aren't yet released I think I'll leave that for another post.
In terms of other Tazer-related goings on, I have been trying to raise money to fund another road trip or general trip as I had so much fun on the last one. Part of this is through Patreon donations and another is selling prints of the photos we take while on the explores. This is actually something I've wanted to do for a long time, but have never really got around to actually doing it.
As we speak I have the frames delivered and prints on the way, then we will be all set to start selling. If you want to grab one for yourself, they are currently on the "Tazer Stores" for pre-order (shameless self-promo).
Talking of which! Trying to raise money and publicising the fact has recently brought in a fair few negative reactions from some who believe that we should not be asking for money at all. I've got to be honest and say that I don't understand this mindset at all. Well... I suppose I kind a do, but not in the way that I'm doing it personally.
A lot of the negative seems to be related to how some believe that what I do is a hobby and I should pay for my own hobby... and this is the part I get, because you're right. 100% right. It is a hobby and I should and DO pay for it myself.
In fact the whole time I have done the explores I have paid for the lot myself. The trips, petrol, equipment etc etc. I have worked and payed my way. In fact it is only recently that I have found myself without a job, and that, I need to mention, is NOT the reason I have asked for help at all, as I WILL get another job very soon, I hate doing nothing so there is no way I won't get one. The reason is actually just that I wanted to give people who WANT to, an option to donate to me if the CHOOSE to.
My content, my videos, will always be free. But there are some people out there who like to help out, who wish to lend a hand. I myself have a very helpful and loyal Patreon pledge who gives me $2 every month to help out. And that's fantastic. And thank you to you Alexandre I really appreciate that you help me out like that it really means a lot.
The fact that I have a Patreon page doesn't change a thing. It doesn't mean that I am gonna be profiting from it, because honestly I am thousands in the negative from all the money I have spent on trips and equipment, but that's fine because I do it for the love of exploring not to make money.
But IF people do want to help out and do want that next big trip to come a little sooner, then thank you because the support does help a lot.
And yes I will post about it from time to time, just to make people aware that the option is there, if they choose to help. Otherwise, I will continue as normal making a video a week because I love it, and enjoy going on the trips. This is not a way for me to make money at all.
Anyway, I don't want to dwell on that for ages, I just thought I should address it as it's been a small issue recently.
And if you would like to donate my details are.... XDDD sorry had to be done!
So I think that's it for now, I'm going to try and keep this posts coming as often as possible, so keep an eye on my social media and the website for more, and I'll see you next time!
Oh! And please go and check out the other members of the UK Exploring Crew...
Steve Ronin - https://www.youtube.com/user/sunsteprising
Abandoned Explorer - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjn8bDuukMsi0tAzSSVTyNQ
Exploring with Fighters - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTNdfPdLPsQkR45BSotGVzw
Lucas Elliot - https://www.youtube.com/user/Drummerboy945
Exploring with Bucky - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3SSS1kVgB4SpEDRAUe3NJQ
Flex Urban Exploring - https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFlex12354
stephhedghogg - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa2M4jXP_mSqYiniJxA34eA
Helen Hollywood - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvuA_c3VdCHIPN2WcaMkL0g
Walking Exploring Urbex - https://www.youtube.com/user/Travlad87