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Some things I see lacking in a lot of people in the paranormal, yet should be a requirement from day 1:

  • Ability to swallow your pride / put your ego to the side
    I see so many people / teams / groups / para-celebs that are majorly lacking in this.  So many people that think because they said it, it happened to them, the captured it that it is gospel, no other answer or explanation is correct or even possible.
  • Explore all avenues before dropping the “IT’S PARANORMAL!” words
    See this a lot with so called evidence… be it photos, videos or audio.  It comes in all sizes and flavors.  Immediate jumping to “it’s a ghost!”, “it’s a demon”, “it says this…..”, “look right there, it’s a…..”, etc…

Both of these absolutely drive me nuts!

I see it on social media, I have seen in on investigations, I have heard it in conversations (and bite my tongue).

A couple of examples

  • (“Authority on the paranormal”) said that this happens here all the time, so it has to happen this time
  • (“Authority on the paranormal”) said this is the explanation, so without further detective work…. that is what it is
  • Picture that has possible other explanations then immediately being something paranormal
  • Video / image that has to be zoomed in to see any object, pixelates like a “mo-fo” and totally distorts the image.
  • Audio recording, that without your translation, makes absolutely no sense to the listener(s)

Learn to think for yourself.  Learn to be your own person.  Come up with your own ideas and techniques.  Sure there are people in the paranormal world that are the “go to” people on things but it doesn’t mean they are always right, all of the time.  Sure, when it comes to demonology and things that would generally make me poop my pants I would seek out Mr John Zaffis but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t others with the same knowledge or maybe more.  There are several others that come to mind that I would probably also consult with before jumping to any sort of conclusion.  (Unless it is some crazy ass haunting that follows one of my son’s toys.  John can have that POS any time he wants!  I’ll send it first class, with insurance so he can put it in his museum!)  Thinking back to my experiences in the martial arts world, there is always a bigger bad ass out there.  There is always someone that knows something else, even if it is a tiny tidbit of information.

Why not ask yourself questions like these (just the ones I can quickly think of, there are tons more)  …. because the naysayers are going to and then proceed to rip things to shreds

  • Why is what “they” said “the way it is”?
  • Is there any other possible explanation?
  • Did you know where every single possible person was at that exact moment?
  • Do you know how the tech you are using actually works?
  • Who does this “evidence” benefit?
  • Do you know what can possibly contaminate the location or your tech?
  • Is the “history” of the location valid?
    • It’s amazing how many prostitutes there were and were murdered.
  • Do you understand how far sound can truly travel?

Just because so and so has a TV show it doesn’t mean they know anything.  Right time and right place happen to a lot of people.

Suck it up and if you can’t 100% answer the questions, then you have to throw it out or explore other avenues.

Don’t be so hung up on finding the holy grail of “evidence” where common logic escapes you.

No reason to bash any that may question what you present, sure they don’t agree with you… that’s life, get used to it.

Why throw out the always popular “skeptic” label, it’s good to be skeptical.  If you are 100% non-skeptical I would suggest you find a different interest.

 

Another year has come and gone.  With a family, having a young child, being dedicated to my job and being a solo paranormal enthusiast/investigator I find it hard to do much with my paranormal life.  I have often thought about throwing in the towel, but its hard when you enjoy something.

  • Other then Facebook requiring me to change my SpookyDudes Craig name, 2014 was nice.
  • Thanks to Michelle Griffin and Through The Veil, I was able to not only photograph the event but I was also able to do something I really enjoy.  I got to team up with Paranormal Georgia Investigation‘s members Jordan and Clint and present/talk about Investigating.
  • Thanks to Midwest Outer Realms Followers, I was able to go on an investigation.  Interesting location, an old orphanage.  Would LOVE to go back some day!  Definitely hope to get to investigate with the crew again… Eric, Steve and the rest are a class act!  I highly respect the group and what they have done in the field.
  • Thanks to Tammy Deans I was able to once again talk about the paranormal on her online show Beyond the Screen.  I had a great time and Tammy is an excellent host.

So whats in store for 2015?  Besides maybe a few more rants, I HAVE NO IDEA!  I mean I have some ideas but it all depends on opportunities that may arise or the time I have to dedicate to things.  So we shall see.

The Paranormal Data Collective in a nutshell is a community with a like goal.  The goal to collect more data regarding paranormal investigations/activity.  Data that someday may be used to make the paranormal field a more serious field in the eyes of masses.  Data that might crack open new ideas and theories into what causes paranormal activity.

I have been hearing the idea of things similar being tossed around for years.  Yet no one took the bull by the horns and came up with at least basic set of data to collect.   Well, my friends over at Paranormal Georgia Investigations (PGI) have gone ahead and started the ball rolling!

It costs nothing to become a member, there is no financial gain in this for any of the parties involved….. All it takes is a few minutes of your time, a little extra data collecting on your investigations and willingness to share information and data.

My personal feeling is any serious investigator or team really needs to take a look at this and join the community.

The Paranormal Data Collective

Go ahead!  Click the logo!!

– Spookydudes Craig

Welcome to the SpookyDudes website.

I am currently in the process of redesigning the site and maybe going in a new direction.  Along with trying to get my old blog posts published I am also thinking of posting some of my more opinionated/controversial Facebook posts that I have done lately.

Unfortunately with all the irons currently in the fire, being the father of a very young child, extremely busy professional life I am unable to investigate as often as I would like.  I also am lacking others, locally, that are able to investigate with me.  That being said, if you would like an investigation please feel free to contact me and I will do one of two things.  Get a  hold of some of my, not so far away, fellow investigators to come along and aid in the investigation or I will put you in touch with a team that I feel would do the investigation you require justice.

In the meantime please hold tight, updates are coming soon!

– SpookyDudes Craig