Who Are You? 400 Soon?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 18th, 2009

Who are you? Thank you for being here!

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As Cryptomundo moves into Year Four, I want to pause for a moment to hear directly from you.

I wrote my first posting to this blog on October 13, 2005, and since then, nearly 4000 blog postings and over 50,000 comments have been published here.

You might think that only a few people are registered and can make comments to Cryptomundo, because you have actually become familiar with some “regulars.”

But were you aware that you might be among the almost 10,000 individuals who are registered and can make comments here?

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So, I have a couple short questions to ask you.

In a line or two, can you tell me briefly whom you are (age, location, student or occupation or retired)?

And what are your favorite kinds of postings you would like to read going into the next year?

No negatives, please. Those are easy to figure out. Please share what categories, types of stories, animals and cryptids you like to read about.

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Hey, and speak up if you’ve been quiet in the past. Don’t allow only the regulars, whom I do want to speak up too, of course, be the only ones we hear from over the next few days.

Thank you for coming here daily to read my words, and I appreciate you taking the time to share your words in the comment section in the next few days about the future.

🙂 Thank You.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.


381 Responses to “Who Are You? 400 Soon?”

  1. size 13 responds:

    Dan S. from Tx. I’m into music (Guitar, I’m damn hot) and Bigfootery. Done already sent Loren a hunert bux in ’07. I’ve seen the critter and am more into researchn stuff. Oh yea my name is my shoe size. get it? nevermind. More Bigfoot Stuff Paleeze.

  2. Kirsty08 responds:

    Hi,
    Im a 21 year old female from Derby in the UK, I work as a carer but, am desperatly trying to get a job in the animal based field. I am a huge lover of animals and cryptozoology and love checking this site for new discoveries like the pink iguanas of the Galapagos, mystery photos and videos that I can try to help identify and to learn more about popular cryptids such as Bigfoot, mokele mbembe, mothman and others.

  3. Lightning Orb responds:

    New York college dude in the Hudson River Vally area – into bizarre science, strange truth, weird theories and philosophy, etc. Particularly enjoy the singularly strange and abnormal reports (stuff like Mothman, Kentucky space goblins, hellhounds, Flatwoods monster, Enfield horror, etc.) Live in a supposedly paranormal area (known for the infamous Hudson River Valley UFO flap, not far from a supposedly very haunted grave yard and an old woodsy road decked with stone gardian lions whose eyes are supposed to glow; also the Hudson was supposed to have a lake monster at one point). I’ve learned to be quite open-minded over the years after certain… unusual events. Great sight, love reading up on all the strange cryptid encounters here when I’m not bogged down with college and such – thanks for all the work here

  4. springheeledjack responds:

    okay, If I’m not mistaken we still haven’t heard out of Ben R….so what gives? It may kill you, but you are part of the Cryptomundo family…can’t believe those words escaped my keyboard…so come on be a sport and sound off!!!

    In the meantime…repeat after me…Champ is not a stick, Champ is not a stick…

  5. Loren Coleman responds:

    Thank you!

  6. groovyghosthunter responds:

    43
    Female
    College Graduate
    Creative Director
    Kentucky, USA

    I’m mostly interested in anything Bigfoot related, but also like to read about sea monsters and UFOs. I’m a big fan of Destination Truth even though a lot of people think it’s just fluff. I find it very enjoyable.

  7. davidk responds:

    Gender = Male
    Location = Melb. Australia
    Occupation = Software Developer, Small Business Owner, Part Time Politician
    Age = 45

    Crypto Interests: Ice Age fauna survival, paleo anthro survival – into modern times. BF, Euro/Asiatic hominoids, Flores homonid progress (or lack there-of), Australian predator survival including Tas. Tiger, thaleo etc. Small “hidden” discoveries such as those you share with us here regularly, confirming the existence of small, but none the less important and unknown species.

  8. Jason C. responds:

    My name is Jason C.

    I am a 40 year old radiological technologist, former USMC, unit coordinator of an ER, Unitarian minister [am on “hiatus” from the church], father of two four year olds, and married to a wonderful woman for seven years now.

    I love hardcore punk music, David Lynch movies, and William S. Burroughs is my favorite writer, followed by a draw between H. H. Munro and Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

    I first stumbled into cryptozoology through the writings of Colin Wilson and John Keel. My interests lie more towards so-called “paranormal” subjects, but through studying the history of The Bell Witch and Gef the talking mongoose [notice the similarities between the two of them and a Kobold from Germany called Hinzelmann!], I have developed an interest in Mr. Coleman’s books, William Corliss’s Sourcebook Project and Dr. Karl Shukur’s work. All interesting, compelling stuff.

    I would not say I am a total skeptik, per se, but I do adhere to the “extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof” philosophy towards claims of things not-yet-understood. Orbs, blobsquatches and “pixel enhancement techniques” do NOT represent “evidence” to me.

  9. Loren Coleman responds:

    It has come to my attention that some of you have sent in donations to me by using the “Support Cryptomundo with PayPal” button in the upper right hand corner above. This method, which does not reach me, has been employed instead of directly using my email address, LColeman@maine.rr.com

    As mentioned before, I am not the admin or owner of Cryptomundo, and donations via that button are not for the museum or for my use, but go to the folks in California for Cryptomundo.

    If you have sent in any amounts that you wished would have reached me instead via this page’s button, please email me at LColeman@maine.rr.com so I may sort this out.

    Thank you.

  10. auscryptoboy responds:

    My name is Tom
    i am 17 and have been reading cryptomundo since i was 15 and have great respect for Mr Coleman and the other regular conributors to this site.
    i became interested in cryptozoology through my interest in australian hairy men or dhulagahl as i live on the australian southeastcoast which is a so called hairy man hotspot
    family friends have had experiences with these creatures one friend even has a property on which sits gorrilla gully named becuase it is supposedly the place the last australian gorrilla was seen. i also know many aboriginal people who have had personal experiences with various kinds of hairy men throughout their lives and accept their existence as readily as kangaroos

  11. SKM responds:

    Age: 19
    Location: Upstate NY
    Occupation: Student majoring in Journalism
    Interests: Articles that involve strange behavior by known animals, anything with questionable photos, Bigfoot, Yeti, Yowie.

  12. Endroren responds:

    Age: 37
    Gender: Male
    Occupation: Writer (Sci-fi & Fantasy)
    Last Sighted In: Michigan

    I love the unexplained. So much of what we accept as fact today was once the realm of fringe science. At the same time, I like a reasoned approach – one that embraces new ideas while maintaining a skeptical mind.

    I love stories about: expeditions, relatively well documented sightings, and old unsolved mysteries (like the “fish” picture in this post!)

    And have I asked you to start Paramundo recently? So much to explore in addition to cryptozoology – and you’re so good at it Loren!

  13. Averagefoot responds:

    Hi, I’m Michael. Im 26 yrs. old. I live in the Pacific Northwest but was born and raised in Arizona. I have been deeply fascinated with biology, genetics, zoology and cryptozoology since I was a child.

    My love for the unknown started when my father told me several stories as a young boy. They are too long to get into here but several have to do with strange creatures, strange lights, and other such unknown things. The Arizona desert is vast. Even today many places in AZ (even ancient burial grounds) are uknown to “foreigners” and the desert is mysterious and amazing. I’d love to post a column in the future on AZ Sasquatch sightings, but first I have many interviews to get through.

    P.S. I’m not limited to cryptids. I also very much like all things supernatural (aliens, demons, ghosts, etc,) whether I believe in them or not.

  14. ponyboy responds:

    I’m 22 years old, living in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m an IT professional, who also writes comic books. As a hobby, I enjoy taking part in skeptical research into cryptozoological and paranormal mysteries.

    My favorite types of posts on the site are those highlighting the less-known cryptids in the world, sightings of extinct creatures, and anything related to the South-East!

  15. clancyryan responds:

    Sorry I took so long, it wouldnt let me write comments for awhile, and I thought id add a little to your demographic finally.

    My name is Calum and im 27 from Nova Scotia, Canada. I live on an island called Cape Breton, and as far as I know there havent been any reported sightings of bigfoot here (though i read an account in a book of ghost stories about a wild hairy man, which I will eventually scan and send to you, Mr. Coleman).
    Ive been interested in Bigfoot, and other cryptids to a lesser extent for as long as I can remember. Anything involving Sasquatch or the Yeti I read right away, but I enjoy all kinds of posts, except for ones about big cats, which I honestly think are dull.
    Im a film school and university grad, and I hope to one day make a short film about bigfoot. I currently work as a researcher on a culture/history website.

  16. Loren Coleman responds:

    Testing this to see if it works on here.

    Please press on this button and tell me where it goes:

  17. theprof responds:

    Terry H-S [“the Prof”], 52 years old, naturalist/writer and between 1976-2008 I was a consultant to UK police forces on exotics in the wild, blah, blah, blah.

    I check Cryptomundo every day and I think it has a good balance of material.

    Keep up the good work.

  18. Troy Adam responds:

    Troy
    Age: 39
    Occupation: Lumber Industry
    Location: Saint Marys, Pennsylvania

    I’m interested in Bigfoot, Thunderbirds and Mystery Cats. I read Cryptomundo almost every day and enjoy all the stories. It’s a great website and a great community of open minded people.

    Thanks you for your dedication.

  19. Martin of Pines responds:

    The link seems to work Loren, it goes to the museum donations paypal page.
    Martin K-T (Mashpin/Sentevan)
    16 years young
    I am constantly uplifted by the level of insight and open mindedness on cryptomundo which is so pathetically absent in the mainstream scientific community!!
    Best wishes and good luck (btw does anyone know of any worthwhile cryptozoological seminars or societies in or near Princeton New Jersey?) I hope to see an article about con rit or the fierce Irish waterhound!!

  20. Fhqwhgads responds:

    Age: 27 (in hexadecimal)
    Location: WV
    Occupation: Physics professor

    Interests: I’m more interested in the reported sightings of either presumed-extinct animals or some of the more off-the-wall creatures that almost certainly don’t exist (Mothman, etc.). Bigfoot falls somewhere in between — no problem with him.

    I’m less interested in the “inside baseball” reports on what is coming up on MonsterQuest, etc.

  21. maeko responds:

    Female, 29, appraiser. Historical accounts, discovered species, hominoid stories, archeological discoveries, many misc.

  22. kittenz responds:

    Hi Loren and y’all from the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Eastern Kentucky!

    Everything is so beautiful here this spring! Twice this week, on my way to work, I’ve seen elk, and the flowering dogwoods, redbuds, and wildflowers are just glorious. C’mon down to Pike County and the spectacular Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky / Virginia border! Dunno if you’ll see Bigfoot, but it’s Hillbilly Days in Pikeville so anything’s possible 😉 !

    The donation button works, Loren. I’ve sent a small donation, and here’s a little challenge to everyone on this list, amd all the readers who aren’t represented here: send what you can, to keep the museum going and keep this terrific blog community going. A buck or two really adds up fast when many people send them.

  23. Asherz_Carrion responds:

    Hello there! Well, I have posted before but not very often. I’ll share some information about myself.

    Age: 18
    Location: Ohio
    Occupation: My profession is in body modification. I spent 5 years learning to do everything except tattooing. I’m also an aspiring model, musician, and author. I’ve had great experience with 2 out of the 3.

    I love the posts that include mystery photos. historical sightings, and anything else that gets everyone in an uproar. The articles are just the cherry on top. The comments are what really makes it interesting.

    My favorite cryptids would have to be Thunderbirds and anything that swims. I’m very much so interested in the search for the mystery Thunderbird photo. I have never seen this photo but I come from a family who have all seen this photo. It’s strange to me because if I get into any sort of crypto talk, they shut down. They are not interested in anything that has the possibility of not existing. Since mentioning the photo to them (I remember being a child and them talking about it occasionally) they have been searching, frantically, for it. We’ll see how the search goes.

  24. apithacus responds:

    I enjoy the stories about the ropen, and lake monsters. I also like hearing about new species. I read daily and can only hope that one day I read some great news.

  25. Drosselmeyer responds:

    I’m Forrest, eighteen years old, currently finishing up highschool.

    I’m a Fortean. While I don’t believe that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster and such are, or can possibly be, physical animals, but rather projections from the human psyche, I do believe that there may be Yeti in the Himalayas, and am 100% certain there are massive, undiscovered marine animals in the deep oceans.

    I like reading about the sides of cryptozoology that even cryptozoologists seem to sweep under the rug. That even though there is no possible way that an undiscovered great ape could remain hidden in England, there are still many sightings of Bigfoot like creatures there that can’t be explained away. That these creatures people see might not all be “survivors of the Prehistoric Era.”

    I want to read about new theories, not the same old tired ones.

  26. odingirl responds:

    Odingirl here. 40 year-old female who works in the Death Valley-dry field of medical research regulatory compliance (believe me, I’m yawning too). I check in with this website several times a day.

    I like to think of myself as an ‘anomalist’; that blanket term seems to cover it well enough. Everything unidentified or that isn’t as it supposedly should be fascinates me. I remember reading the works of Charles Fort when I was a kid and as an adult, became a huge fan of John Keel, so I like to think I can appreciate a wide variety of perspectives. I also enjoy Loren’s work immensely.

    I have no preference for any subjects in particular; it’s all good. I just love me some cryptids.

  27. Eeny responds:

    I’m Lauren, and I’m a 15 year old student. I live in the United States and I’m currently a freshman in highschool. I visit Cryptomundo every day but never decided to make an account until now.

  28. gbi_club responds:

    Greetings from Indonesia, this is Ben, I’m in my mid 30s, graduated from Universitas Indonesia Masters Program in American Studies. I currently work for Indonesia Olympic Committee. I have been interested in Cryptids since the 1980s, when I was a little kid I saw a big snake (must have been a python reticulatus) swimming in Java Sea, which made an impact on me, I fell in love with water cryptids in general and sea serpents in particular ever since. I have begun web browsing in 1996, and have been reading cryptomundo since 2008.

    I am here to read the discussions between fellows cryptofans and read interesting articles about cryptids, especially those written by our friend from Japan, Mister Mystery Man.

    I’d like to submit articles about Indonesian folklore with relation to known cryptids, but I don’t know the procedures (computer illiterate dude here 🙂 ), please help me Mr. Coleman. Thank you very much and selamat bekerja (translation: have a good day at work).

  29. Pheona responds:

    38 yr old woman from Missoula MT. I’m a department manager in a Property Management Company.

    I love this site! I like all the stories, especially when there is a new photo or video involved. Even if it’s obviously not what it looks like it’s fascinating to read peoples views on it. And I’m so impressed with how knowledgeable the posters are here.

    Keep up the good work Loren!

  30. Morgaine responds:

    Hi – I don’t know if I’ve ever posted here, but I’ve been a reader for a long time. I’m 48, female, retired from the federal government and I’m a Dianic Witch. I love sea monsters and lake monsters, but I enjoy hearing about all the other cryptids, too.

  31. John Savoy responds:

    43 male retired tankerman former US Marine from Rose City Texas




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