I made some resolutions for 2020 to make my ghost hunting life a bit simpler. Get those resolutions and the 2019 recap after the jump.
2020 Ghost Hunting Resolutions
Simplify Ghost Hunting Process
Yep, I need to tone it down. I would bring a gazillion gadgets on a ghost hunt, loan it out to team members, and then forget who had what. It’s difficult to be an investigating tech manager. Not only do I run around resetting gear, but I have to get those ghosts on tape. Multitasking like this is not my strong suit.
So, I’m going to simplify it all. I’ll force myself to use one camcorder and a few engagement ghostly gadgets. I mean, I have a team with me. I don’t have to do it all, eh?
Get Better At Video
I love video. Just setting up the cameras, testing shots, positioning them, making a production list … It makes me want to quit my day job and go full-time as a videographer. I’ve read a lot of field production books and watched a lot of how-to videos on the subject.
But it’s kinda difficult to chase ghosts and plan to shoot. Pesky spirits don’t hit their marks!
Anyway, this is still a focus for me. Maybe I’ll do more infotainment segments on Ghostly’s YouTube channel?
Reduce Social Media Presence
I ran a few social media tests this year. My goal was to see which channels (like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube) would reach more folks. The winner was Pinterest by far. With Facebook, I grew the audience quite a bit. But of the 5,000 folks who liked the Ghostly page, only 20 would actively engage. That’s a lot of work for little engagement. People engaged more with this site, so I’m cutting out Facebook and Twitter in 2020. I found more people share from here than across Facebook and Twitter.
Plus, who really needs to deal with the trolls, eh?
Continue Adding Video And Audio To Posts
I really like editing video and making podcasts. I mentioned that more of this type of content is coming in an earlier post. Heck, I even added a podcast that has stuff I don’t put on the site.
Nowadays, I only go on one ghost hunt a month. Even then, I don’t get enough ghostly evidence to make a video, so I don’t post them as often. But I’ll continue to make Ghostly a multimedia site.
Treat Ghost Hunting As A Hobby
Because it is. I guess I should make it a bit more clear: Ghost hunting is my primary hobby. I’m not a professional ghost hunter. I’ve got a day job. Paranormal investigating isn’t my life. That’s a primary reason you don’t see ads on the site. This year, I’m going to treat it even more like hobby.
No More Private Residences
In 2019, I went on a few more private residence ghost hunts just to see if the clients had changed. It was still the same thing: People wanted to see real ghost hunters in action; or, there was some bad family mojo going on. I’m sticking to museums, hotels, public places and other types of commercial spaces going forward.
Let’s take a look at how I did in 2019 …
2019 Ghost Hunting Resolution Recap
Use More Video: Yep, succeeded on this one. But it also ties into a 2020 resolution, which is to get better at it and not use so many cameras.
White Noise: Yep, I did use more white noise on investigations, but didn’t get much evidence from using it.
Natural Light: Yep, I always had a normal camcorder recording everything, but I had to add more light-up gizmos to get something on video. It’s that whole, ghost-hunting-in-the-dark thing. Because normal camcorders need light (d’uh).
Live Listening: Well, this one is a bit different. With the cameras, I used high-end microphones. They’re broadcast quality. With them, I used my headphones to monitor the audio and got some great EVPs. I actually relied less on my Zoom recorders.
Less Audio Manipulation: Another interesting point. With the video setup, my audio became clearer and stronger. That’s because video editing software boosts audio to make it better. So now I uncouple audio from video to work with it. Also, I started to use GarageBand for my audio samples. It wasn’t my choice: It’s because Mac OS X updated and it doesn’t support Audacity anymore.
You can read my 2019 list over here: https://www.ghostlyactivities.com/5-ghost-hunting-tactics-to-use-in-2019/