What Readers Believe – Jan 2019

What do Hollow Hill visitors believe in? That’s what I asked in a late January 2019 poll.

Here are the results:

Ghost hunting survey January 2019

The votes represent about 3% of the people who visited that webpage. So, I’m not sure these numbers are reliable.

Why so few votes? I’m pretty sure one reason is concerns over privacy, and what data might be collected during the voting process. I understand my readers’ and fans’ concerns, though – in this case – nothing more than vote numbers were recorded.

In order, here’s what they believe in:

Ghosts – Since this is a ghost hunting website, I’m not surprised that most people believe in ghosts.

Angels – My readers tend to include many deeply spiritual people. So, the high range of ghosts isn’t a surprise.

Also, there’s the matter of the words we use. The creepy entity lurking in the shadows at the haunted abandoned hospital may be a “ghost.” But, if a deceased relative visits you, to be sure you’re okay, she or he is often described as an “angel” or a “spirit.”

UFOs and Aliens – That number surprised me. Oh, I’ve seen flying objects that were either UFOs or really, really good experimental vehicles. And the latter had to be very well-kept secrets, as well. (In Northern California, two of us saw a huge object – big enough to nearly blot out the sky – about 100 feet overhead. And it was totally silent. But, an air base was nearby, so – for me – whether it was a test vehicle or a UFO… that’s a coin-flip.)

With the number of my readers who conduct research late at night, often in isolated places with little light pollution, I probably shouldn’t be surprised that they’ve seen weird things in the sky, too.

Demons – Again, this isn’t a surprise. I didn’t believe in demons until I met John Zaffis and – in his presentations – he showed compelling evidence for evil, malicious, demonic entities.

Though I’m not sure where to draw the line between “angry ghosts” and “demons,” John’s experiences were enough to scare me. That’s why I don’t talk about demons very much; if an entity at a haunted site might be dangerous, I leave.

Mandela Effect – Another expected answer, due to the wide range of reports, and an overlap if parallel realities could explain some (not all) ghost encounters, and some (not all) Mandela Effect memories.

Shadow People – For me, this was predictable. I’m not sure what shadow people are, and if they’re a category of ghosts, or something else. But, having photographed one – and seen him, in real life – I’m sure they exist. And, they tend to appear at haunted places.

Cryptozoological Creatures (Bigfoot, etc.) –  Many use the term “cryptids,” and – though I’ve only had a couple of encounter with what might be a cryptid – I’ve heard enough first-person stories to take this topic seriously. It’s just not my field of study.

Faeries (fairies) and Banshees – This did surprise me, as I thought the Venn diagram of “ghost believers” and “faerie believers” didn’t have much overlap. I’m rather pleased to see more open minds than I’d expected. I believe paranormal researchers may need to expand how we explain – and think about – lifeforms and entities we encounter.

Thank you to everyone who participated. If you’d like to add your thoughts, I welcome comments about this poll and these topics, as they related to ghost hunting.

What Do You Believe In? – Poll

Do you believe in ghosts? What about shadow people, or demons, etc.?

Here are some general definitions, for this poll:

  • Do you believe in ghosts? A poll.Ghosts – Spirits of people who once lived in our world, and have experienced physical death.
  • Shadow people – Shadowy, human-ish figures that move, or are there… and then vanish. They may or may not be translucent. Most don’t have facial features. Shadow people are definitely the shape of human bodies.
  • Demons – Evil and malicious entities that may be connected with the concept of devils and Satan.
  • Angels – Kind and benevolent entities that may be unique to a spiritual context, or might be ascended spirits of those who once lived on Earth.
  • Fairies – Also spelled “faeries,” these creatures may be humanoid or fantastical (like unicorns, mermaids, etc.), and may be large or small, and friendly, helpful or mischievous, or – occasionally – malicious.
  • Banshees – A spirit that protects a family, and wails to predict danger.
  • Cryptozoological creatures – Non-human beings often labeled “myths,” including Bigfoot, chupacabra, pukwudgies, and so on.
  • UFOs and aliens – Beings from outer space, and the vehicles they travel in.
  • Mandela Effect –  Belief in a reality shift, based on clear memories of a history that doesn’t match our world’s popular history. (Ex: Berenstein Bears instead of Berenstain Bears.)

This poll is now closed, but you can see the results at What Readers Believe – Jan 2019.

 

What interests you the most? (Poll closed)

We’re redesigning some of my websites, hoping to adjust the focus to meet your interests.  I created this survey to learn what interests you the most about ghosts and haunted places. Readers voted during mid-July 2018.

These are the results of the one-week poll:

Most people want to know about haunted places.
Results of one-week poll, July 2018

Poll is now closed. Thanks for participating!