If you’ve followed my ghost hunting theories, you know that I’ve annoyed a lot of people by insisting that some (or even all) EMF surges aren’t actually ghosts. I think those surges are actually EMF leaking into our world, or otherwise signalling when the “veil between the worlds” (whatever you want to call it) is opening.
Remember the old TV series, Quantum Leap? Do you recall the door (or really big window) that appeared when Al was about to make an entrance or departure?
I think it’s something like that, but we can’t actually see it. We can measure it with EMF devices, and maybe with tinnitus. (Maybe. The latter needs far more testing.)
I’ve been describing my EMF/haunted places theory for years. Almost every time I do, I’m met with stony silence. If people hadn’t been so polite, I’m pretty sure they’d have declared, “Heresy!”
(Yes, I’m joking. However, my EMF theories — which may include orbs, as well — were not well received.)
Fast-forward to late November 2015…
In the next few weeks, I’m about to expand that concept, big time. It’s an evolution based on one of my conversations with Mike H. at the Mandela Effect site.
And, I think this is very cool.
As I see it, one of my most “out there” theories might have far wider implications than I’d realized when I started brazenly talking about it, around ten years ago.
I’m very excited about this. Finally, I get to talk about one of my quirky theoris in the broader context it deserves. And, it’s related to several more of my rather renegade views of ghost hunting, as well.
Yesterday, I saw the folly of that. Today, I’ve redesigned the site and I’ve begun shifting its emphasis.
Here’s why; it’s going to be a long (but thorough) explanation.
Since early August 2015, I’ve been spending three to five hours (per day) moderating comments at that website.
Obviously, that’s taken time from my other research, particularly my books and websites.
I justified it for a considerable period, since the site was gathering so much fresh data and useful insights about alternate realities.
Then, in late September, I wrote an article about some odd reports. People had noted crossovers between September 22nd and 23rd. (Not just this year, but as an apparently long-term issue.) I was baffled, and wanted more insights.
A few people suggested (privately as well as in public comments) that I’d inadvertently stumbled onto something related to a secret government project.
(I try not to take those suggestions too seriously, but I don’t dismiss them out of hand, either. I guess I note them, just in case they turn out to have merit, but I don’t include them in my day-to-day decisions or conclusions.)
That’s when comments at the site started wandering far off-topic. Some seemed to portray the Mandela Effect as a mental health issue. (I’m still not sure if that was — as a few readers suggested — an intentional effort to discredit our theories.)
At that same time, I began receiving truly angry comments. (I moderate all comments, and didn’t approve most critical ones.)
The second turning point was when — at readers’ requests — I created Mandela Effect t-shirts. That seemed like a good idea, and might help make MandelaEffect.com more self-supporting. (So far, the t-shirts are selling, but not at a volume to justify three-to-five hours’ moderation time, daily.)
That’s when I saw a startling surge of negative, deeply personal comments at the site… aimed at me. (Very odd. These are people who wouldn’t recognize me if I was standing next to them in the grocery store checkout line. But… well, it’s the Internet, and some people are like that.)
Initially, I thought this was a single trend, following the usual Diffusion of Innovations curve. Maybe we’d hit the “late majority” phase earlier in 2015, and the site was past its “best by” date.
If that were the case, I might need to close all MandelaEffect.com comments at the start of 2016, and redirect my resources to more productive projects.
However, in the past 24 hours, I’ve realized it’s probably not a single trend.
The “ah-ha!” moment came when a couple of angry readers suggested that — having supported the site by buying a t-shirt (or just considering buying one, or knowing someone who did) — they were entitled to have input in the site’s management, or actual control over it.
Their logic was clear, and I understood it. And, I think that misunderstanding has been an issue since the t-shirts launched in October.
That “investor privilege” attitude isn’t unique to my site, or personal. However, I probably encouraged it by marketing the t-shirts with a “support this website” slogan.
I’ve learned from that mistake, but I don’t expect this kind of irritation to vanish completely.
Some new visitors seem to think my website is a spin-off of the related (and huge) Reddit sub-group. So, they expect me to moderate comments after the fact, as Reddit does. (Instead, no comment appears at the site without my approval. It’s how I maintain most of my websites.)
They don’t realize that my Mandela Effect website — using the phrase “Shadow” & I came up with during a Dragon Con conversation, 5+ years ago — was where related conversations began.
The Reddit sub-groups (and Twitter hashtags, and YouTube videos, etc.) sprung up far later.
If people don’t realize the sequence, I can see how they’d assume certain things, and feel intense frustration with my websites and — by extension — with me.
Other problems were clearly my fault. I let some conversations (threads) wander far off-topic. The site’s tone has been informal. I joked and exchanged personal notes with readers. It probably looked more like a casual blog and social site, than the research hub I’d intended.
Yesterday, the matter came to a head. A large number of angry comments (deleted as soon as I skimmed them) took up far too much of my time, and — frankly — the deeply personal insults annoyed me. I’d had enough.
Clearly, I couldn’t keep postponing necessary editorial and design changes at MandelaEffect.com.
I started talking more openly about this, at the site. I was less guarded and careful with my phrasing, especially when I had an opportunity to address comments related to particularly thorny issues. I felt that the air needed to be cleared.
I’m sure feelings were hurt. I regret that. I let the issues stack up for too long, and — had people been able to see the kinds of negative comments I was receiving, and understood how I’d let the Mandela Effect claim too much of my time — my dilemma (and frustrations) probably would have been obvious, far sooner, and dealt with more gracefully.
So, as soon as I woke up this morning and finished reviewing my email, I began a major overhaul of my Mandela Effect website. I’m clarifying its goals and narrowing the focus of our discussions.
It’s the right thing to do.
It may disappoint some (perhaps many) regular visitors. I’m sorry. Most of them are truly nice, caring people, and I’m sure we’d have great conversations if we met in real life. I like them.
Nevertheless, I’m pleased with the “new and improved” MandelaEffect.com, and feel as if I’ve turned a page in terms of where it can take us in the future. (No pun intended.)
I wanted to share these insights with those who closely follow my work (thank you!), so you understand when things began to go awry at one of my websites, why major changes became necessary, and what this means for 2016.
“The essence of the article we are referring to is that scientists have found a direct correlation between the sidereal time of day and success in psychic ability experiments.”
David Wilcock has talked about this, and published his own paper at Scribd, in which he “shows you how to find your local sideral time, so you can meditate at 13:30 LST to increase your psychic abilities by 400%.” [sic]
Sidereal time is the time that it takes the Earth to orbit once, relative to the center of the galaxy, rather than to the Sun.
Basically, the peak time is 1:30 PM, Local Sidereal Time. That’s not necessarily 1:30 PM,where you are, and it’s not a time you can calculate in your head, based on GMT or anything like that.
To make the most of peak psychic sensitivity, today, use LST software to calculate the exact time for today. (Tomorrow, it’ll be about four minutes earlier, and it’ll be earlier again the next day, and so on.)
For accuracy, you’ll probably use the longitude of the nearest city that’s in your time zone.
Here are some links that will tell you the Local Sidereal Time where you are:
The actual window — with ~400% better psychic accuracy — about 15 minutes before 1:30 PM, Local Sidereal Time, and continues until about 15 minutes after that time.
So, how do we use this in ghost hunting and paranormal research? We schedule our psychic investigations for times that will include the 30-or-so minutes when psychic receptivity may be highest… around 13:30 LST.
Of course, most of us investigate haunts all year ’round. But, as an example, let’s look ahead to Halloween 2016.
For Halloween/Samhain (31 Oct 2016), if you’re in the same time zone as New York City, you’ll want to start your investigation no later than 10:15 AM, since 13:30 LST will be at 10:44 AM. In fact, to give everyone time to be where they’re supposed to be, with equipment set up and in a receptive frame of mind, you should probably arrive no later than 9:30 or 10 AM.
(In England, 13:30 LST will be at about 7:50 AM, so you’ll need to arrive at 7 AM or so, to be ready.)
I haven’t tested this enough to say it definitely helps with ghost research. Nevertheless, the supporting evidence is convincing enough to recommend trying this with your research team.
If you do, I hope you’ll share your results in comments at this site.
If you want to read the full, original study, it’s titled “Apparent Association Between Effect Size In Free Response Anomalous Cognition Experiments And Local Sidereal Time.” The author is S. James P. Spottiswoode. [PDF]
Okay, that’s not news. All I did was document it from my viewpoint.
However, a few people interpreted that as a “the sky is falling” declaration. I’m not sure if they didn’t read to the very end of my (admittedly long) post, or I wasn’t clear about my views.
Either way, I edited that post and want to say this, clearly:
The sky is not falling.
The far lower numbers — interest and income — related to ghost hunting mean that money-motivated people have moved on to other niches, or they soon will.
For me, that’s a relief. Finally, I feel that I can return to ghost hunting with enthusiasm.
I won’t have to deal with hordes of people who were interested in ghost hunting only (or mostly) because it was trendy. And I won’t be sharing the stage with people who talk a good game, but they’re only there for the money.
(Yes, I’m kind of a curmudgeon. That’s increased as each year passes.)
From my viewpoint, most people who are still interested in ghost hunting are sincere.
They’re usually bright.
They’re usually fun to be around.
They love “what if?” questions, and history and trivia.
They’re looking for first-person ghostly encounters far beyond the standard fare shown on TV shows.
In other words: they’re my kind of people. Always have been. Always will be.
So, regarding ghost hunting: I’m excited about the upcoming year, and I hope to see you at more haunted sites, events, and — of course — online.
With the focus back on real ghost hunting, 2016 is going to be a very good year.
That’s when I saw problems emerge in the field, including con artists and ridiculously sensationalized “ghost hunting.” Insidious gossip and feuds cost us credibility. At that point, ghost hunting seemed driven by the demands of pop culture, rather than serious research.
Gradually, ghost hunting lost its charm, and the general public began looking elsewhere for entertainment. Or an adrenaline rush. Or the sense of being “cool” in pop culture terms.
What Google Trends Say Now
Google Trends show that “ghost hunting” is about half as popular now as it was in 2010, at least in terms of the number of people searching for it at Google.
Today, I wanted more precise insights. So, I used some behind-the-scenes tools to discover the exact number of people searching for ghost-related topics.
The following seem to be Google’s average monthly English-language searches in the United States, as of early November 2015.
Ghost hunting – the top 5 searches related to “ghost hunting” were:
ghost hunting equipment – 5,400 searches per month
ghost hunting – 1,900
ghost hunting apps – 880
ghost hunting tools – 390
ghost hunting shows – 320
It looks like people are interested in going ghost hunting, but they feel that they already know what they’re doing. They just want the right tools and apps. Not general information, not ghost hunting tips (only 140 people/month search for that), and not ghost hunting events or locations.
On daily basis, across all of the United States, about 64 people searched at Google for the general subject of “ghost hunting.” That’s around 1% of the interest shown just a few years ago.
(By contrast: each day in 2015, in the entire U.K., about 34 people ran the same kind of search. Per capita, far more people in the U.K. have retained an interest in ghost hunting.)
Ghost hunters – Each month in 2015, about 49,500 people in the U.S. searched Google for “ghost hunters.” The next highest search term in that niche was “ghost hunters fake,” with 3,600 searches. Wow.
Ghost stories – Each month in 2015, about 40,500 people in the U.S. searched Google for “ghost stories.” The next highest search was “scary ghost stories,” with 6,600 searches/month. I like those numbers.
Ghosts – Each month in 2015, about 40,500 people in the U.S. searched Google for “ghosts.”
However, the next highest related search was “thirteen ghosts” (the movie) at 12,100 searches, followed by “grim grinning ghosts” with 2,900 monthly searches. (The latter is about Disney’s “Haunted Mansion,” a theme park attraction.)
So, it looks like people are seeking entertainment more than actual ghosts.
Paranormal activity – I was surprised when I saw that, each month in 2015 in the U.S., 90,500 people searched for “paranormal activity.”
Then I looked into those searches and discovered they were looking for information about the movie, Paranormal Activity. (“Paranormal news” attracted about 3,600 searches/month… the same number as “ghost hunters fake.” Umm… no. That’s not a niche to focus on.)
All in all, those are astonishingly low search numbers, compared with five years ago, and drastically lower than ten years ago, when ghost hunting was near its peak.
That doesn’t mean I can sit back and live comfortably on income from my ghost hunting books. I can’t. Everyone’s ghost-related book sales — including mine — are far lower than past years.
However, thanks to the full-year overview I just completed, I know the sales drop isn’t anything personal; it’s what’s happened to the field. Ghost hunting isn’t a gold mine any more.
If I hadn’t been so busy with MandelaEffect.com, I could easily have spent most of 2015 trying to boost my book sales, and concluded the year, exhausted.
I didn’t. That’s the good news.
The bad news is: I feel as if I’ve neglected the people who rely on me for ghost hunting insights and advice. For example, my sites stalled in the middle of moving into Ghosts101.com. I’m really embarrassed by that, and apologize.
The Sky is NOT Falling
All in all, I feel as if I can put my head out again, and not have to deal with people who were interested in ghost hunting only (or mostly) because it was trendy.
Yes, I’m kind of a curmudgeon. That’s increased with each year that passes.
From my viewpoint, most people who are still interested in ghost hunting are sincere. They’re usually bright. They’re usually fun to be around.
So, regarding ghost hunting: I’m relieved that the tidal wave of popularity may have ebbed enough to make ghost hunting fun again.
What’s Ahead – Websites and Social Media
As I’m planning for 2016, I’m already making changes in how I use my time. I’ve finally moved my “mad scientist” (lab) articles to Ghosts101.com, and my news-related articles to the Haunted Places section of that site.
I’ve changed website designs at both of those websites, and I’ve done the same, here at FionaBroome.com. Now, all of them can be read more easily on mobile devices like cellphones.
Over the next couple of months, I’ll continue tweaking and updating my paranormal websites.
I’m closing some of my neglected social media accounts (which I didn’t have much time for in 2015, anyway). I’ll keep just a few for key announcements.
In 2016, I’ll spend less time at MandelaEffect.com (my readers already expect that), and balance my time among ghost studies, faerie research, and other projects I’ve been meaning to get to.
Also on my personal wishlist: time to create updated and new ghost hunting courses, and to revise and re-record my podcasts.
What’s Ahead – Books
I’m planning to finish a few books that have been “in progress” for years, including my ley lines guide and my paragenealogy book. Also, I’d like to expand my Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries book in a 2016 edition.
Until today, I didn’t realize that my free book, Is Your House Haunted? had (literally) lost its distributor. The book had been a free download at the-authors-club.com, but that site seems to be offline now.
I’ve wanted to update that book to include topics like infrasound and ghostly phenomena. In general, I’d like to make the information more useful for homeowners and ghost hunters alike. So, that’s on my 2016 to-do list, too.
Also, since there’s so much interest in ghost stories, I may write a few, based on my many investigations in private homes and businesses. That could be fun.
When I began my ghost hunting website (as “Yankee Haunts“) back in the 1990s, it was a hobby site.
People who visited my paranormal sites were genuinely interested in whatever I had to say. Most of my readers were (and still are) bright people with fascinating questions, intriguing insights, and intelligent opinions to share.
I liked that in the early days, and I’m looking forward to seeing a return of that camaraderie.
So, those are my thoughts as 2015 winds down. I’m looking at my websites, my books, and some of my half-baked ideas and projects, and… you know what? I’m really looking forward to 2016. It could be the best year so far!
In paranormal fields, authors seem to work in greater isolation than other fiction and nonfiction authors do.
I’d like to help change that with projects involving readers and fellow authors.
I’m looking for a few people who’d be interested in reading my ghost-related books before I publish them. At the moment, I’m looking for intermediate or professional ghost hunters, for some of my more advanced books.
If you’re selected, you’d agree to a few things:
1. Read the book (in PDF format or digital format) and give me an honest evaluation, including what works and what needs better explanations. And, do this within a week or so of receiving the file.
2. Not share the file with anyone.
In return, you’ll be acknowledged in the book, and receive a free digital copy of the finished book.
You’re not making a commitment, right now. However, I’d like to know what your interests are and why you might be a good beta reader.
When I’m ready for beta readers, I’ll contact you first. Upcoming books include my revised ley lines research book and my paragenealogy book.
In addition to the usual exchange of cover blurbs, I have a few ideas for collaborative projects.
If you’re writing ghost-related books, or you’d like to: Let me know.
How to contact me
Use the Contact Form at my FionaBroome.com website.
It’s the kind of book that belongs on every ghost hunter’s bookshelf. It’s a how-to manual and an important reference book.
Beginners will learn how to find local haunted cemeteries that are free (and legal) to visit. New ghost hunters will discover the tips & tricks that professionals use to find the most haunted cemeteries — and the ghosts in them — quickly and easily.
In a way, this book is a quick (but thorough) course in ghost hunting at haunted cemeteries, taking readers from absolute beginner to confident researcher in a short amount of time.
Professionals will discover Fiona’s best-kept secrets to identifying the most active, haunted cemeteries and the “hot spots” in them. Ms. Broome shares tips to locate “sinners’” graves at church and community cemeteries. She also explains two fast & easy ways to find some of the most active graves as soon as you walk through the cemetery gates. Whether you’re conducting your own research, training a team, or conducting a ghost-related event, you’ll find useful tips and tricks in this book.
More information: Since the first edition came out in 2009, this has been the go-to book for anyone interested in haunted cemeteries. Fiona Broome has been investigating haunted places for more than 20 years. She knows what she’s talking about.
However, most ghost hunters focus on haunted houses, hotels, battlefields, and eerie abandoned sites. They’re overlooking important haunted sites in most communities: haunted cemeteries.
Fiona’s book is vital reading, whether you’re interested in a ghostly encounter for a “good scare,” for paranormal research, or as a spiritual calling to help trapped souls “cross over.”
Remember, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries is a how-to guide, not a set of stories. Though Fiona describes some of her eerie experiences at haunted cemeteries, most of this book focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of successfully investigating haunted cemeteries in your community.
First, you’ll learn about the different kinds of cemeteries. Fiona explains which are most popular among ghost hunters and people sensitive to ghostly energy.
Do you know the difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? Today, most ghost hunters use these words interchangeably.
Traditionally, a “graveyard” was connected with a church, but a “cemetery” has always been a public place of burial. If you’re a researcher, that kind of trivia can help you understand which cemeteries — and their ghosts — may produce the best results.
After discovering how to find the best local haunted cemeteries, you’ll learn what to look for when you visit them. Fiona explains how to identify haunted graves. She also talks about something different: other areas in and near the cemetery where ghosts may linger. Fiona describes where to investigate to find “forgotten” graves and their displaced headstones.
You’ll uncover great tips about where to look — and what to look out for — if you want a memorable ghostly encounter. Photos will show you exactly what the best locations look like.
Of course, not all ghost investigations are planned. Have you ever stumbled onto an unexpected cemetery and your “gut feeling” told you it was haunted? This book tells you what to do if you only have time for a brief visit, but you want to find the most active spirits and eeriest graves.
If you’re investigating ghosts, it helps to know why they remain in our world. With those insights, you have a far better chance of making contact. Throughout this book, Fiona explains the ingredients that make many cemeteries haunted, and the very personal reasons why some ghosts linger by their graves.
To learn more about ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries, read the book. Available at Amazon.com – Amazon.co.uk — and other Amazon booksellers.
In the next week or two (depending on how soon I finish my revisions for Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, 3rd edition), I’m merging and rearranging some of my websites. I want to focus on projects where I have the most unique, new information to contribute.
For the past year or so, I tried to do too many things with some sites, while other sites were too fragmented and a few were completely neglected. Here at FionaBroome.com, I’d been trying to balance book information, free downloads, and a general, somewhat personal blog. It wasn’t working.
So, here’s the general plan for January & February 2015:
1. Repurpose HollowHill.com as my book & media hub. (Podcasts will be returning, soon.) All of my book-related articles, photos, downloads, etc., are moving there, right now. That’s condensing about 10 websites into one, saving lots of maintenance time.
2. Move many of my lab posts here to FionaBroome.com. Then, I’m planning to use this site as an actual blog. (Later, some of my lab-related posts will be expanded, further researched, and turned into reports or books.) The lab site will be deleted.
4. Update and expand those main Ghosts 101 sites — the how-to information site and the haunted places site.
5. As soon as possible, I want to rewrite Is Your House Haunted? and make my free Introduction to Ghost Hunting course more useful, too. Those projects have lingered too long, and it’s time to get everything current.
That’s the news. Now, I’m getting back to the new edition of Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries. When the 3rd edition is released, the digital book will be free in Kindle for 5 days, and then priced at 99 cents for about three weeks. After that, the digital version will be at least $3.99.
I will announce that book launch here, at HollowHill.com, and at Twitter, Facebook, and G+.
I may release a special limited edition of the print version, as well. I’m still considering that. Right now, my focus is on the book revisions and updates. I approved the new cover this morning. (That’s it, on the right.) I hope to complete the book revisions — and new, related material at HollowHill.com — in the next week or two.
Updated information, including a few new questions about ghost hunting and almost 80% revised answers.
Expanded answers. This book is about 30% larger than the previous addition. (More than 10,000 words longer.)
More added anecdotes. When I could talk about specific sites or people, I’ve mentioned them by name.
Errors corrected. Most were simple typos* when I rushed the previous book to print in 2012.
A new cover, so you can tell the difference between the old version and the new one.
This book was written to answer the top 101 questions I’ve been asked in comments and email. Many are beginner-level questions. Others are intermediate-to-advanced.
I focus on getting started in ghost hunting, choosing equipment, and which locations are best for beginners (and a few best for those with nerves of steel). I talk about the popular side of ghost hunting, sharing insider views of TV shows, movies, and books. Also, I’m honest about what we don’t know… and questions we may never be able to answer.)
I share my views of what’s next, and offer some radical, kind of geeky suggestions. ( Such as: Blinking flashlights might lead us to our biggest breakthroughs, if technology proceeds as predicted.)
In most cases, I answer questions very seriously. Others include humorous, slightly sarcastic comments. I hope the difference is clear.
If you’ve wanted to become a ghost hunter — for fun or as a career — you’ll find useful insights among the answers in this book.
Note: If you bought 101 Ghost Hunting Questions, Answered earlier, I’m pretty sure you can download the revised edition, free. (Just replace or overwrite your copy with the current download. Same link, different edition.)
*New policy: If you’re the first to tell me about a typo or error in one of my books, you’ll receive a gift card for my next Kindle book, free, as a thank you.
(My “Sampler” book isn’t included in that offer. That was a limited edition collection of first drafts from my upcoming books. I know that book had errors and typos… lots of them. And, only 25 copies were printed. Each was numbered and signed, and given to friends at Dragon*Con as “sneak previews” of my upcoming work.)
Many ghost hunters think Halloween is the only night when “the veil is thinner between the worlds.” That’s not true. The night of April 30th, sometimes called Walpurgis, is exactly six months from Halloween, and it can be just as good for ghost hunting.
In fact, since fewer “thrill seekers” are out on that night, the last night of April can be your best opportunity for eerie encounters at haunted places.
Read my report and checklist — which starts right after Halloween — so you’re prepared for another great night for paranormal research.