Monday, February 4, 2008
why I do what ado...
I thought this would be a good place to clear up some of the rumors circulating about livescifi.tv. One of the rumors that I heard is that we are only streaming and broadcasting our investigations because we are hoping to make money. Although I was initially ticked off when I heard the rumor, I've come to think that this can be constructive if I layed it out to our viewers about what is livescifi.tv and what we hope to accomplish in the future.
I guess I should start off by telling everyone that my passion has always been with any thing to do with the paranormal since I was a child. Like most of the people in this field I experienced many things that went bump in the night in my early years. Experiencing these things as a child, gave me the drive to search for answers. I started off at various libraries around town reading books about paranormal phenomena while most kids were off playing hoops etc. As soon as I got my license I ended up taking a tour at the Winchester house. It wasn't until after college that I joined a couple of groups in the area, each different, hoping to satisfy my thirst for answers. Throughout this time while I was either being an investigator, v.president, tech guy, founder, for these various groups there were multiple members who were unable to attend or other groups that wanted to participate but couldn't because of distance etc. It was during this time that I thought it would be a great idea to be able to broadcast our investigations live and uncut, and to make them as interactive as possible so that the viewers could participate actively on the investigation. How great would it be to have 1000's of people analyzing and interpreting evidence in a public open forum!
Our first broadcasts started in May of 2007 and basically consisted of just the investigation and one head cam, back in May of 2007. Shortly after that Justin Kan contacted us to be one of the first streamers on j.tv we were thrilled. Jay and I had decided that we would still do online paranormal investigations, but we would take a lifecasting approach to the show as well, so that people in the community would know what a "Night in the Life of a Paranormal Investigator" is about. That is why we stream the car rides, mornings at IHOP, the conversations, etc. we are now at our current home Ustream, and who knows were we will end up next.=)
Many viewers have asked me why don't we take the TAPS approach to things. And basically the main reason why we don't take the TAPS approach to things is that we not only want to verify if the location is haunted, but we want to know what the causes for the haunting are. I think it is good for groups to try different things that are out of the norm. The Ouija has been a hot topic of debate over the past few months with our viewers and other people in the community. In all honesty I have never even touched a Ouija board before we used a couple months ago. Although I have read many books on the Ouija and can understand peoples negative connotations regarding I thought it would be a good tool to use to supplement our investigative equipment on investigations. So far it has worked out quite well, Burlington and the Stanley proved to show evps that were captured while it was in use. I want to thank a viewer who recommended that we try it out.
I have always made it a point to know many if not all of our viewers (I prefer to call them livescifi investigators) in the chat over the past 9 months. I have always respected each and every person, because as a paranormal investigator I believe that no one can say that there is a proven way to investigate. Since our inception there have only been 7 viewers you have been banned from the site for TOS issues, which our viewers created. We have never been the type of site to publicly state, or to blast out emails when a viewer is banned. However I have and will answer any questions when questioned about it. Viewers in the past who were banned were due to spam, and emails that flow from other user/viewer owned sites that are inflammatory/obscene to other livescifi.tv members or viewers will be concerned as direct violation of TOS. I want to restate that livescifi.tv is a open site and community were people are free share ideas and develop friendships.
In the next few months you may witness some changes to livescifi.tv and the community but we will always stay committed to our roots, which are "live interactive investigations," "free to investigate, free to view" and to our viewers who are the best and who have evolved this community into one of the best on the web. So I am asked, are we in it for the money? Our response to that is, "Who wouldn't want to make money on something that they love doing and feel so passionate about." Would you ever tell a teacher who loved teaching to stop teaching because they were making money of it? It is not our intention to profit off of what we are doing if happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't, we are having fun and learning from each and every investigation that we do.
If anybody has any feedback or suggestions to the site you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org