Wednesday, April 8, 2015

To Blog or Not To Blog

Good morning! We hope that everyone is having a great week, and that you are enjoying the warmer temperatures. With spring comes the spring thunderstorms, and we hope that, if you are where these will be hitting, that you take precautions and stay safe. There is so much more of life to enjoy out there still!

The internet has made things so much easier in many ways, and not so in others. Take blogging. The ability to write something down and send it out for others to read. To do short, little stories (or long ones, depends!) and to leave a piece of yourself out for others to read, and to hopefully understand you a little bit better.

There are many different types of blogs out there these days, and so many different reasons to blog. There are the fashion blogs...and there are a lot of these. And some of these bloggers become famous, and have huge followings. There are the personal blogs, where individuals just write about things that are important to them at the present time. Some businesses blog about upcoming events or specials they may be having. And then, there are the paranormal teams, many of which do blog frequently. This can be about an upcoming investigation, or event. About a new piece of equipment. About getting people's ideas regarding something or other. About a new article posted in the news. Or about hundreds of other items, each very different, and sometimes very similar to each other.

But how do these blogs get started, and are maintained. For each person, it can be quite different. There are those that can just sit down and write about anything. There are those that sit with a specific purpose and follow that outline until completed. And than there are those that seem to have to wait for a specific idea to form before being able to sit down and type. This type often revises while typing, adding or altering as a new formula comes to mind. These types of blogs can take a long time to do, as the person writing reads and rereads, often adding more as a new idea forms. It can be very stressful sometimes to make it say just what you mean, and to make sense to someone else who would previously not have any idea what you were talking about.

So, you sit down. You put fingers on the keyboard and you type out your thoughts, in whatever fashion you follow. You proofread it, and know that it is exactly what you want it to say. And than you hit that button that says "Publish"  There it is, out there for all the world to see and to read. Next you sit back and wonder what people will think of it. Will they agree, disagree? You wait for a response.....and nothing. No comments. You post to Facebook, or Twitter, or any other social media network that you use. You let them know that this new, exciting, and enlightening post is out there for them to read! And you wait....still nothing.

Did they not read it? Did anyone read it? Did you spend all this time writing for yourself? Does anyone even care that you are spending the time to do this writing? You have no way of knowing at all which, if any of these are correct. So should you keep doing this? Let it go? Post more often, or less often? There is no way of knowing the answer. We are all guilty of reading a blog and than moving on. Even if we enjoyed what was being said. Even if what was written makes our blood boil from anger. We just move on.

No blogger wouldn't welcome a healthy debate regarding the subject of their writing. But unless someone comments, that will never happen. And some day, the blog (which you might really enjoy reading) might just dry up and blow away. So the next time you read a blog, why not consider making a comment, even if just to let the person know that you read it. It will make their day better, and maybe encourage them to keep on writing about other things, many of which you will probably enjoy. Oh, and while you are at it, why not drop a comment on here, so we know that you are reading our blog as well! We would appreciate it greatly.

Have a great rest of the week!!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

What Is It All About?

Mother Nature still can't decide what she wants to do. The last few days here have been really nice, today is suppose to be as well, and than tomorrow just a few degrees cooler. What happens next week is anyone's guess. We hope that, where ever you are, you are staying safe and warm. Know the East Coast is suppose to be hit hard. Be careful, no matter where you are.

New year, new hopes, new goals. We all have them. Some fail, some are so-so, and some succeed. Which one of your goals will you meet this year? Which one will you alter slightly? Which one will you toss out entirely? Only you will know, so continue to strive the best that you can towards your goals, and don't be afraid to alter them along the way. You never know what might happen.

New teams are always showing up, older teams drop off, and some teams just become stagnant along the way. Television and social media has probably been the best, and worse things that has happened to the field of paranormal research. They have allowed exposure to the world of paranormal to so many people, and have paved a way to allow those that have had experiences in their homes to know that they are not freaks and they are not alone. They have allowed teams to network with others, to reach out to people who do not know how to contact teams for help. They have allowed friendships to be developed, and unfortunately have been the demise of several long-term friendships. They have shown the best and the worse of the field. The best and the worse of people. But through it all, have we forgotten the real reason many of us came to this field.

Social media has probably caused the greatest explosion into the field. Through the use of social media, teams have been able to come together for join investigations. Teams can now network for learning opportunities. And teams have the ability to help direct someone in need of help to a team in a closer region. Teams "like" other teams to help show support as well as a means of networking and allowing their own team more exposure. Teams put up on their pages photos and video clips, often wanting honest responses from others in the field. Through social media, exposure to historical locations have bloomed, increasing the traffic to the locations, thru increasing the funds many of these locations need to restore these buildings, and thereby keeping history intact.

But all hasn't been positive in this field. There seems to be an increasing "battle" over what is right and acceptable these days. People "fighting" over what may or may not be in a photo, being heard on an audible clip, or be showing or not on a video clip. I don't think anyone minds a comment, but shouldn't that be enough? Because you are behind a computer screen, does that give you the right to constantly be at someone else who thinks different than you? You see it all the time, people being blocked from groups because of such actions. Are we not all still learning? And shouldn't we take advantage of what others have to offer?

The biggest talk lately has been the newest paranormal show they are working to produce. Now, we all would love to be the next Ghost Hunters, but alas, that just isn't going to happen. And would we really want to be? Where our love for what we do turns into a job? But I wander from the topic slightly. This new show will supposedly show people searching for the unknown while they, well, wear the unknown. Seriously? This will promote this field how? Running around in the buff, searching for ghosts? This will only make us look like a bunch of idiots, and will reflect poorly on the field of paranormal as a whole. Lets hope they at least have the presence to wear shoes.

This may all seem like a bit of rambling, but it really  isn't. The field of the Paranormal is new and expanding. No one is an expert, and no one knows all the answers. We can all learn from others, from talking and watching how others investigate. You don't have to agree with everyone, just walk away from them and keep quiet. Join with those that share the same values and ideas that you do, those that you can converse with like intelligent adults, knowing that you will not always agree, but agree to disagree and move along. Maybe we should all remember just why we started this in the first place. To see what was out help those in develop new ideas.........and to try to promote the field as one that is professional in nature. Do No Harm. Kinda a good idea to follow, isn't it.