I’d like to take a break from my regularly scheduled haunted travel type posts to talk about the paranormal community. Something struck me the other day and now I have to get it off my chest.
How many times have you seen competition within the paranormal community? (In an ugly way.) Once in a while I come across it. I think if I was a member of a paranormal investigation team I might see it more. That’s where I tend to notice it happening the most when I do see it.
I’m not here to talk about who’s had spats with who, though. Rather, I’m here to talk about the flip side of the coin. The cooperation side.
Thankfully, that’s the side I’ve seen the most. And benefited from immensely.
It all started on Twitter with people like Chad from Chateau Grrr, Dinell of Mommy D’s Kitchen and the once upon a time Weekly Spectre, Linda Moffitt, Nathan from A State of Mind, and super faithful followers like Syd Southworth, Jen Blaney, stjulia, ravenrequiem13, KY_Mountain_Man, and TonyisonTwtr. (Just to name a very few of the amazing people who follow, RT, and otherwise support HJ on Twitter.)
Lately I’ve seen a new trend on Facebook. Groups stopping by pages, saying hey to show support. The idea is to get themselves noticed in the process. It’s not an entirely selfless act, I realize that. Again, it sort of goes back to the competition thing: It’s all about getting the most numbers possible.
But this is what struck me: whether they realize it or not, they’re fostering cooperation. More often than not, I see one group following another. Heck, if someone is going to take the time and stop by to say hey and follow me, sure I’ll follow them in return.
Because I remember when I first started HJ’s FB page and Twitter account. I remember the day HJ got it’s 100th Twitter follower. 100 followers? Holy smokes! It had happened so fast, much quicker than I ever expected. I was only hoping to get to 100. Now it’s closer to 3,000. (A number I used to not even dream of. That seemed unreachable!)
And the FB page…it was a big deal when I got enough followers (I think 25 was needed) so I could condense HJ’s FB link to read: http://www.facebook.com/HauntJaunts. This past weekend we passed the 950 follower mark.
I could compare myself to other pages that have far, far more numbers. Ones that make mine pale in comparison.
But you know what? It’s not a competition. They’re doing their thing, whatever that may be. They’re adding value in whatever way they’ve been called to do it. Just as I am. (At least. I hope I’m adding value.)
At the end of the day, the only person who needs to be astounded by HJ’s numbers is me. They’ve far exceeded my wildest dreams, so I’m tickled pink!
But I sure as hell didn’t do it on my own. I have had one paranormal angel after the other help me, each in their own, special, unique way.
It’s those folks I want to thank and acknowledge with a Spirit of Cooperation Award.
In addition to the folks I named above when I ticked off Twitter angels, here’s some others I bestow the award on. In some way, shape or form over the years they’ve shown support I’m super grateful for.
Note to recipients: This is a no obligation award. You don’t have to pass the Spirit of Cooperation Award on. However, if you’ve ever benefited from someone who’s cooperated with you or helped you in some way, feel free to use this award to let them know you both acknowledge and appreciate it.
- Area51.org: They have consistently ranked in HJ’s analytics among the Top 10 referring sites, usually somewhere in the Top 5.
- State of Panic Paranormal Investigationsand Rainbow Al: Al stopped by and invited me to send in HJ’s logo to add to SOPPI’s very awesome Para-Logo Activity Album. (There are some wicked cool logos. Inspiring to see all the creative and clever designs and I’m simply WOWed someone thought to collect them. Really awesome idea!)
- HJ’s super dedicated FB followers (some of who also follow along on Twitter): Kimberley Knox, JoAnne DeSellems, Gayle Chester-Malone, Marilyn Biersdorff Borst, Lisa Baroni and Luciana Seymour. (Gawd, if I missed anyone I’ll feel awful, but these were the ones who sprang first to mind as liking a lot and commenting on a lot.)
- Great groups and teams like: Steve Fernino’s ParanormalResearchGroups.com, Steve Vaughn and Ghost Eyes, and Philip and Kate of New York Shadow Chasers.
- Bloggers like: Autumnforest of Ghost Hunting Theories, Andrea of Ghost Stories, Julie from Above the Norm, Jessica of Ghost Stories and Haunted Places, Lewis of Southern Spirit Guide, Chris from Frog on the Pumpkin, Jason and Laura from The Occult Section, and Lon of Phantoms and Monsters.
From the bottom of my spooky little ghost loving heart, please know whether you’re named specifically above or are an anonymous reader who helps to account for the many hits this blog sees each day, THANK YOU for taking a bit of time out of your day and spending that portion with me.