Delete the Mandela Effect Website?

anxious gerbilFor the second time in one week, my MandelaEffect.com website is under DDoS attack. My hosting service has blocked the relevant IPs, for now, but the site remains offline while they study the logs.

I’m not sure if this is a random attack, or what.

I hadn’t updated the website since April, so it’s not as if I said anything to upset anyone. And — if you know me — you also know that I’m barely involved with social media (hadn’t updated Facebook in about a year) and I don’t have time for forums, etc.

Snopes published a skeptical article about the Mandela Effect, a couple of weeks ago. Around the same time, several popular YouTube sites mentioned my theories and repeated what some site visitors had said.

I didn’t leave comments any comments. In the past six-or-so years, I’ve never felt as if I had to “prove” anything about the Mandela Effect, even that it exists.

In other words, this isn’t likely to be something personal. Not unless someone is spoofing me (pretending to be Fiona Broome) and causing mischief.

The website earns about $15 a month, if people buy t-shirts. So, I can’t justify the $250/month DDoS protection fees I’ve been quoted (so far) by third-party security services. (They’re accustomed to protecting corporate sites, not hobby sites like mine.)

I’m in the process of setting up a mirror site at WordPress.com, but if that comes under similar attack… well, I’m not sure what to do.

Anyway…

That’s what’s going on, while I’m working on book, freebie, and course updates for “ghost season.”

My hosting service is going to update me in 24 hours, after their tech staff look into this.

If things don’t improve, the MandelaEffect.com website may have to go on hiatus, for now.

If anyone has a better solution, let me know. (And, if you leave a comment and want it kept hidden, I’m happy to do so. I’m simply looking for anything that will avoid closing the website.)

A New, Merged, Ghost Hunting Site

In 2015, I tested a different way of organizing my ghost hunting information.

  • Ghosts101.com focused on how-to information.
  • Ghosts101.com/HauntedPlaces described haunted locations.
  • And HollowHill.com became a media site.

Short-term, it worked.

Sort of.

Well… people weren’t entirely happy with the idea of three separate sites, and said so.

Pros

  • Separate sites may have made it easier to find specific, individual articles.

Cons

  • For new visitors, “Hollow Hill” still doesn’t suggest ghost hunting.
  • For experienced ghost hunters, “Ghosts 101” suggests information that’s been simplified for newbies.
  • It was inconvenient to go from one of my sites to another for additional ghost hunting information.

2016 updatesIt was time to reboot.

For 2016, thanks to new website tools, I’m re-combining all of the articles at one site, EncounterGhosts.com.

Starting on Feb 19th, all Ghosts101.com and HollowHill.com articles will be deleted. Readers will be directed to EncounterGhosts.com.

Note: A few links still aren’t working. However, the combined site is still more current than Ghosts101.com was.

Later in 2016, Ghosts101.com will be home to a new project for beginning ghost hunters. I’m not sure what I’ll do with HollowHill.com, but — whatever it is — it will be fun.

EMF, Tinnitus, and Doors

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.

Oh, I still believe in ghosts. I have no doubt that something odd is going on at haunted places, and — at many of those sites — the answer really is ghosts.

However, I think those EMF surges are actually electromagnetic 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…

Heading into 2016, 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.

This is going to be very, very fun.

Sidereal Time and Paranormal Research

old-fashioned clockLately, I’ve talked a lot about sidereal time, and the edge it can give us in paranormal research.

A few people have paused and raised an eyebrow. They wanted to know what I was talking about.

Since those were real-life conversations and I didn’t have the key information at hand, I promised to post it online… so, here it is.

Basically, a quirky (but impressive) study has shown that sidereal time may affect anomalous cognitions — aka: the accuracy of psychics and mediums.

The abstract and summary at Association Trans Communication explains:

“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]

Can’t access Scribd? You’ll find nearly identical information at this Project Avalon link.

In one of Wilcock’s audio blogs, he explained:

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]

Interested in Ghost Hunting Books?

Isolated boats on a dark and stormy night.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.

Beta readers

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.

Fellow authors

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.

Thanks!

 

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, by Fiona BroomeThe 2015 edition of Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries: A How-To Guide, by Fiona Broome, is now available.

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.

Find this book at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk — and other Amazon booksellers.

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.comAmazon.co.uk — and other Amazon booksellers.

101 Ghost Hunting Questions Answered

101 Ghost Hunting Questions, AnsweredThe new, larger, updated edition of 101 Ghost Hunting Questions, Answered is available.

What’s new:

  • 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.

Buy it now at Amazon.com

Available at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk – and other online retailers.

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.)

Walpurgis – the Other Halloween (Report & Checklist)

moon-trees-hauntedMany 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.

Click here to download

For more information about ghost hunting, visit EncounterGhosts.com.

Haunted Cemeteries Mindmap for Ghost Hunters

GHHC-binIf you’re ghost hunting in haunted cemeteries, this mindmap may help you remember the key ingredients in a successful cemetery investigation.  I wrote it to accompany the second edition of my book, Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries.

Note: The third (2015) edition of that book is now available in Kindle format.

That book explains the ins and outs of evaluating and investigating cemeteries that might be haunted.

However, the mindmap can be useful on its own. You don’t have to read the book to use the mindmap, but it may help… a lot. (Experienced ghost hunters will get the most from this mindmap.)

HauntedCemeteriesMindmap.pdf – link not working at the moment

Ghost Hunting in Haunted Cemeteries, by Fiona Broome
The cover of the 2015 edition.

Also, to learn about ghost hunting in general (including haunted cemeteries), visit EncounterGhosts.com

2nd edition printed book links: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk

3rd edition Kindle book links: Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk