Friday, March 21, 2014

Too Much Horror Business



I’ve discovered in recent months that there’s a some friction between the various COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY outlets. Twitter and Facebook are too flimsy to do much more than share jokes and links, while the main “dot com” site has become almost respectable (GASP!) during the last year… leaving little room for sharing personal bullshit. After all, why push actual news and commentary further down the page just to make room for my daily ramblings?

Which is where Tumblr fits into the scheme of things. For whatever reason, my Tumblr readers are hardcore fans who want more than to see the same photos every day, and are more likely to pay attention when I’ve got an announcement to make. (Tumblr also represents my SMALLEST following on any social media network, but whatever.) Much of this post appeared at my Tumblr feed yesterday.

This weekend, I’m attending the MAD MONSTER PARTY in Charlotte, N.C. This is the official start of convention season for the CHS, which will actually see me as an honest-to-god guest at no fewer than two events later in the summer. (Click HERE for a full schedule of events.) I’m just a customer at MAD MONSTER PARTY this weekend, but plan on taking photos and blogging about it from the scene.

The extent of this effort will be determined by my wi-fi connection at the hotel, as well as my wife’s energy levels. I was waiting for her to announce it on her DAY DRINKING podcast, but Sara is pregnant, which is terribly exciting. I’ve never been so happy in my life … and Sara has never been so tired. Sleeping, itself, has turned into a workout for her. I’m tinkering with the idea of the two of us recording a podcast from the convention, but she might not be feeling her wittiest after spending most of the weekend wading through zombies, cosplayers and S&M fetishists.

So, if all else fails, look to see photos from the event here on Tumblr this weekend. I’m scheduled to meet William Shatner on Saturday, and hope to score signatures from the cast of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW later that day. Besides that, I’ll just be hanging out, taking photos and (with luck) blogging.

If wi-fi fails me, you might want to keep an eye on my Twitter and Tumblr feeds, though.

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Fred Phelps died yesterday, and prompted the above response from me. One thing led to another, and I was quoted in a story published on the blogs of SF WEEKLY. It was also my most-read tweet (sigh) since I started using the network, which suggests people like kindness more than they like DARK SHADOWS. And I'm cool with that.

The tweet also lost me all of one follower ... which is a weird response. As my wife pointed pointed out: "Homophobic DARK SHADOWS fans are like racists who really really like the FRIDAY movies. You gotta figure there's something up."

Click HERE to read the SF WEEKLY story.

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YAHOO ANSWERS: "Where idiots turn to for continuing misinformation."  LINK.
(Warning: That link might make your head explode. And not in a metaphorical way, either. Remember that scene in SCANNERS?)

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One last plug: Remember SILVER SCREAM? No? Well, you're not alone. The so-called "sister website" of THE COLLINSPORT HISTORICAL SOCIETY kinda died from neglect like so much tamagotchi, with most of the original content gradually folded into this website. While the content-driven SILVER SCREAM site is no more, its Tumblr feed is thriving. Right now, it's actually more popular than our main Tumblr feed. CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF.

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