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The First Semi-Whenever I Want Big Séance Statistics Awards!

Photo Credit: Alan Light

Photo Credit: Alan Light

 

Ladies and gentlemen, and honored subscribers…

Thank you for being a part of this very special awards ceremony! Tonight’s ceremony and awards have been brought to you by this very post (the 85th), my Dell PC, and WordPress Stats. There is no budget for this evening… no flashy opening number… and no real corporate sponsors or commercials, so let’s get right to it!

 

The award for The Big Séance’s Top Viewed Post goes to…. Energy, Paranormal Fiction and Romance

Ohhh thank you! Actually, I’ll be accepting and explaining all of the awards this evening, therefore I’ll just stay up here so I don’t have to risk my life tripping over these Prada heels. Just kidding… they’re Payless.

I’ll admit that the attention this post got still shocks me! It was pretty early on in this blog’s history (only months ago) and I was struggling to come up with a post for that day. I remember thinking it was absolutely dorky,  but I needed a topic and wanted to stay consistent. If you read the comments, I was scolded for making light of the topic. Well, I stand corrected. This was also the post with the most comments, including some surprising responses from authors from the same genre.

 

The other nominees for Top Viewed Posts, listed in their respected ranking order are…

#2 – Black Eyed Kids

No… it might not be as strange as those bath salts inhalers who head to the streets to snack on someone’s face or thigh, but black eyed kids are still pretty interesting, and probably just as scary. And believe it or not, “black eyed kids hoax” is the most commonly searched term or phrase that brings people from the search engine world to my blog. In fact, it happens so often that you may have found this post by searching this very phrase. If so, you are truly a paranormal nerd and I love and respect you for that!

 

#3 – Coming Out of the Paranormal/Spiritual Closet 

This was a relatively short but heartfelt post where I simply asked my readers the question “How do you balance your “paranormal/spiritual” life and interests with your “normal” life in the “real world” (such as job, Walmart, family situations, etc) where it might not be as socially accepted to be that nerdy?” 

 

#4 – Phonemes, Allophones, and Cinnamon Buns…

This post truly may give some of you cinnamon bun eyes! Actually, I think may folks clicked on this post due to the deliciously misleading picture. Come on… you know you want to click it now.

 

#5 – Abandoned Farmhouse Investigation…

This was a fairly recent post, and one of several having to do with MOSS’s recent investigation of a really interesting abandoned farmhouse. The online version of this report and several pieces of evidence will be posted at www.mospiritseekers.com very soon.

 

And now… the LEAST viewed post… THE LOSER is…

……………..  (these dots are a drum roll)…………….. What’s your favorite word for “ghost”?

Can you believe it? I can’t! Like 2 people saw this one! It’s GHOSTS, people! Ghosts are probably why you’re here. GO THERE NOW!

 

As of this very minute The Big Séance has had just over 4,200 total views with 109 views on his best day (yes, I just attached a gender to my blog).

 

Also as of this very minute, this blog has been read by people from 47 different countries! It may not be a surprise to hear that the top countries were the US, UK, and Canada (in that order).

 

And now… the award we’ve all been waiting for!

The most important award for the evening! Someone’s life is about to change! You can look for her on the talk show circuit first thing tomorrow morning!

The most talkative commenter (other than myself 🙂 ) award goes to…

………. (drum roll again)………….

…with 57 comments… ASH!!!! 

 

Thank you folks, we’ll now take you to your local news, already in progress!

 


Phonemes, Allophones, and Cinnamon Buns…

I'd like to apologize to those of you who clicked on my blog because of this delicious picture of cinnamon buns. Photo Credit: Eric Petruno

I’d like to apologize to those of you who clicked on my blog because of this delicious picture of cinnamon buns.
Photo Credit: Eric Petruno

During the last few weeks, along with spending many hours recording or reviewing EVP sessions for my 2-week experiment, I did quite a bit of research on EVP in general. As much as I absolutely LOVE so much about the paranormal and things like EVP, there are so many parts of this field that make my eyes glaze over. As a former college professor used to say, and as I tell my middle school music  students when I’m trying to get them to understand the concept of something like key signatures… “Why are you looking at me with cinnamon bun eyes?” (Get it? If not, let me know and I’ll explain.) Alternate realities, multiple dimensions, and particle theory are just some examples of  paranormal topics that give me giant cinnamon eyes.

Phonemes and Allophones aren’t paranormal at all. In fact, speech therapists deal with them all the time. You speak phonemes and allophones every day. Many EVP nerds and researchers talk about them in some of their current research and experiments. Before the last few weeks I’ve always just skipped over any discussion about these two terms because my cinnamon bun eyes were spinning so fast I had no choice.

Do you know what these terms mean?

After some researching online and talking to some speech therapist friends of mine, I have to say… my eyes were still spinning a bit.

Phoneme: any of the abstract units of the phonetic system of a language that correspond to a set of similar speech sounds (as the velar \k\ of cool and the palatal \k\ of keel) which are perceived to be a single distinctive sound in the language

Allophone: one of two or more variants of the same phoneme <the aspirated \p\ of pin and the unaspirated \p\ of spin areallophones of the phoneme \p\>

Mmhmm… Clear as mud, right? Now I want you to know that I was having a pretty good day today… that is, until I discovered that I actually understand “phoneme” better when referencing the Engligh Language Learner’s Dictionary (phoneme: the smallest unit of speech that can be used to make one word different from another word). Now you’re speaking my language. 🙂 (And before some of you look, let me save you the time… “allophone” cannot be found in that dictionary… or the Dictionary for Kids.)

Peace!


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