A clarification to bewildered paranormal skeptics: ‘It’s just a blog, folks!’by Cherlyn Gardner Strong on Nov. 30, 2010, under Ghosts and Hauntings, Paranormal, UFO News, UFOs
Over the last year, I’ve blogged about UFOs, ghosts, psychic phenomena, cryptids, and other unexplained topics. Every once in a while, my posts have been shared on Facebook pages dedicated to ‘skeptical thought’.
Sometimes, it’s hard to read the reactions to my posts on those pages, which often includes attacks on my credibility, my character, my sanity, and even my writing skills. These attacks come from people who don’t know me, so I have let it go.
I didn’t understand why my posts were shared so often on one particular Facebook ‘skeptical thought’ fan page, until tonight.
I was offered a “press subscription” to Skeptical Inquirer a few weeks ago. The current issue involved an article about “ghost hunting”. I wholeheartedly agreed with the article and shared my thoughts about it in a blog post. That blog post was shared on the Skeptical Inquirer Facebook fan page today for discussion. The comment section on that page includes terrible comments about me by some people, which doesn’t surprise me.
What does surprise me is the apparent misunderstanding about my blog. So, I’ll take this opportunity to clarify things.
The Tucson Citizen website is a compendium of (unpaid) blogs. It was a newspaper – until May 2009. This fact is stated clearly on the ‘About the Tucson Citizen’ page, as well as on my ‘What is Paranormal Old Pueblo?’ page.
I learned from the comments section on the Facebook page that my ‘articles’ were brought to the attention of Skeptical Inquirer editors, due to “a pro-paranormal slant and lack of skeptical commentary”. They sent me the complimentary issues of the magazine “with the hope that [I] would look at things a bit more skeptically”.
All this effort to ‘educate’ an unpaid paranormal blogger.
To anyone who might to be confused, I assure you, this is just a blog.
Copyright © 2010 Cherlyn Gardner Strong
Read more of Cherlyn’s posts at her Paranormal Old Pueblo website