Work or Play?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 20th, 2009

I have a couple, well, just a few new survey questions for you.

Do you read Cryptomundo at work (don’t leave your name, please, but give your age and gender, at least)? Or do you only read Cryptomundo on weekends? On vacations/holidays?

The Other Coast.

Have you ever read Cryptomundo while actively in the field on a Bigfoot, Lake Monster, or other cryptid search?

Maine again, not British Columbia.

If you read stories on the weekend, do you like newsy, brief ones, or longer thoughtful items? Have you used Cryptomundo for a school paper?

Art by Dave Lowe.

Just trying to customize my blogging a bit.

Thank you for answering.

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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.

33 Responses to “Work or Play?”

  1. fossilhunter responds:

    Greetings Loren!
    I am currently a “Geological Relocation Engineer” (read: dump truck driver!) so I can only read this at home! But we do talk about it at work. I log on a few times a day to see what’s up. I think the length of the article is dependent on the story. And I always likes the pictures!! I’ve never been on an official crypto expedition, but as far as I’m concerned, any time I’m out and about, I’m looking!

  2. MountDesertIslander responds:

    Bill 52
    Bar Harbor, Maine

    I have a circuit of only four web sites I start and end my day with. These are; news, financial, weather, and cryptozoology. Cryptomundo is among that select group worthy of a look every time I log on. I enjoy the content of this site tremendously and find the posters very well spoken. From the articles to the comments, I read almost all of what is offered.

    The appeal to me is the mix of topics and writing styles. It is never boring here. I wouldn’t change a thing.

    I really appreciate the civil tone that is maintained by the moderator. This allows me to recommend, forward links to this site, and site Cryptomundo as a source without fear of what might be lurking in the text. Beyond the educational/entertainment value this site should be used as an example for civilized Internet discussion.

    Thanks for the work you do.

  3. Martin of Pines responds:

    Any time I get the chance I check out the site, I like longer articles but sometimes it can be hard to find the highlights through the quotes ‘n such.

  4. Martin of Pines responds:

    Sorry to double post but my name is Martin, Male, 16 years young. Sorry.

  5. sausage1 responds:

    I log in at home and at work pretty well every day. It’s my treat when I sit down with a beer or a nice cuppa.

    At work I have an interactive screen, so any photos and films can be enlarged and projected onto the whiteboard. Often staff members and pupils will see what I am looking at and ask questions. I use belief in sasquatch, Loch Ness etc in my R.E. lessons for autistic pupils when we attempt to discuss the nature of belief.

  6. Uriah responds:

    Uriah, 35

    Cryptomundo is one of the sites I check everyday. But from home, of course, in the morning before work or after I get home.

  7. sneaker98 responds:

    Well, I suppose I’ll answer.

    1) I have Cryptomundo on my Google Reader’s RSS feed – so I check out a new article whenever the feed updates. I view this webpage rain or shine, work or home, weekend or holidays, so long as I have internet access.

    2) I’m just a civilian with a casual interest in cryptids. I have never been on a search for one, though I would love to one day.

    3) I like articles with pictures the best – I’m a sucker for wanting to see some sort of evidence of what folks are claiming to see. I’m especially fond of Bigfoot/Yeti/Yowie articles.

    I have not taken a course even remotely related to biology since Grade 10 (I’m in 4th year of University now), so I have not needed cryptomundo as a source. I’m sure that, if I were to write such a paper, I would use this site.

  8. red_pill_junkie responds:

    I check Cryptomundo everyday, and at every hour.

    Yes, even during work hours. If you take into consideration that I work in an office that doesn’t even have a bathroom, you’ll begin to understand why I don’t feel that much guilt 😉

  9. wdsasquatch responds:

    Hey Loren and everyone else!
    Iam Male, 17.
    Iam currently going to school and in grade 12.
    I read cryptomundo after school and on weekends. I try to visit daily!
    I look for signs of Bigfoot as often as i can. I bike on the back roads to the swampy areas (where there was aparently a sasquatch sighting) looking for the elusive creature. Always with a camera!
    I like any cryptid postings Loren. I find them all interesting.

    Keep up the good work!

  10. Larry responds:

    I’ve got you on my Google deskbar gadget both at work and home. I see new posts as they come up and read them when I can. I’ve never done any field work and like the more thoughtful posts.

  11. Gebooka responds:

    hello there

    im 25
    And From Denmark
    i like to tjeck in everyday, this is a great site
    none above none aside, like it the way it is,,
    in Denmark there has also been some Cryptids
    to, storys of a lion and a puma, and seamonk
    maybe it can be shared here someday,
    ohh back to the thing..
    i look at work everyday, and home on weekends

  12. Munnin responds:

    I’m a 50 y.o. man. I visit Cryptomundo during my work day sometimes, and other times in the evening or on the weekend, from home. I’ve never done so while actively in the field. I enjoy a majority of the articles posted here, regardless of their length or depth. I’ve never used Cryptomundo for a school paper.

  13. Averagefoot responds:

    Mike, 26, Portland, OR formerly Phoenix, AZ

    I check the site at least twice a day from home. I enjoy just about every article, but honestly I usually skip the ones that are 100 years old or so, I just don’t think a lot of those stories are really reliable or believable.

    I don’t have any kind of degree and haven’t been out in the wilderness specificly to look for cryptos but my eyes are always open. I love cryptozoology as well as zoology, biology, animals and nature in general.

    I also enjoy your copycat effect blog and read it daily.

  14. thehoch responds:

    I read cryptomundo almost everyday. Love it!

    I have always been fascinated with the unknown and have always honestly believed that there are a lot of creatures lurking out in the woods, streams, mountains, and especially the oceans, that have gone undiscovered.

    I am a teacher and every year I do a unit on cryptozoology. We study creatures like coelacanth and I even tell Bigfoot stories. The kids then make up their own unique creatures, complete with name, habitat, food sources, description of features, and of course a picture.

  15. NightFlight responds:

    Barry, age 54 male. I log on pratically every day from home after work. I’ve never been on a crypto hunt (unless snipe hunting counts) however I have seen something that could only be described as a bigfoot type cryptid. There were some strange things associated within the area we observed it, also. I also read your other website “The Copycat Effect” which is also very interesting to me.
    Keep up the most excellent work.

  16. Ferret responds:

    I’m 18 and in grade 12. I check the site almost daily, although I do tend to read more on the weekends then during the week. I enjoy the articles about cryptids and new species more than anything else, although I do enjoy news posts as well.

  17. Unknown Primate responds:

    52 year old male. I work at home, so I can usually check out Cryptomundo whenever I want to. This is one of 4 or 5 sites I visit, usually everyday. I enjoy a combination of a few short stories with one or two longer ones (of course, depending on if it’s about a cryptid I’m particularly interested in).

  18. maeko responds:

    Yes, I read it at work and at home on the weekends. I don’t use a computer on weeknights or on vacation. I like any story that catches my attention. You are on my list of interesting websites that I check daily. No school papers. My work is not in this area, so this is not a resource I use in the field. I’m female and 29 years old.

  19. Shelley responds:

    I’m a 60 year old woman and I am retired, so all my web scanning is done at home.

    I check Cryptomundo when I turn on the computer in the morning, along with a few other sites, and then keep checking occasionally through the day.

    I don’t notice if weekend content is different than weekday–whatever is available and works for you, Loren.

    Unfortunately I haven’t seen any cryptids, but I keep looking at all of the wildlife I see. At least, we might see one of those big cats that have been documented in the area, given that we are on the edge of the national park here.

  20. bamsbocce responds:

    Bryan, 41 y.o., Nor Cal,

    I grew up on “In Search Of” with Leonard Nimoy so I’ve always had an interest in cryptids.

    In recent years I started doing research for a Thunderbird/Crptid novel and I found Cryptomundo along the way…after bookmarking it, now I can’t help but checking every day, work or at home, weekday and weekend. I really like the stories with photos (even the photoshop’ed ones) and video.

    I’m an IT guy and have 3 or 4 computer screens always on…I can always find room to check Cryptomundo.

    Thanks for all you work Loren!

  21. davidk responds:

    46 year old, male. I work from a home office, so both in a sense. Generally week days and in the evening (GMT +10 so that’s your morning in the states). Often your posting new articles right when I’m checking. 🙂

  22. Artist responds:

    Do you read Cryptomundo at work?

    Retired male artist, 70, hit my Studio computer @ 5AM daily (or wherever I am, whenever I can), to check “Favorites”, of which Cryptomundo is #2 ~ If a thread is developing, I may revisit the Site again later in the day.

    Do you only read Cryptomundo on weekends, vacations or holidays?

    All of the above, like I said – daily.

    Have you ever read Cryptomundo while actively in the field on a Bigfoot, Lake Monster, or other cryptid search?

    I don’t have a laptop computer, and while I am Searching, I wouldn’t want the distraction, anyway ~ but, if someone ELSE had one…

    If you read stories on the weekend, do you like newsy, brief ones, or longer thoughtful items?

    Depends on subject matter, but I generally save the longer items for evening or weekend reading – otherwise, I read everything on various blogs daily, or they backlog and I have trouble catching up.

    Have you used Cryptomundo for a school paper?

    No, but I refer to Cryptomundo frequently in discussions, and have sent myriad new visitors to the Site.

  23. The Raeph responds:

    I’m Raeph, 45 yrs old. After e-mail this is the first site I hit every morning. After many years I have finally joined the site this morning. I am very interested in Bigfoot, Swamp monsters or anything of that type after having an encounter when I was nine years old. I don’t work with computers so I surf at home. Keep up the great work with the site. My day wouldn’t be the same without it.

  24. 7String responds:

    I check cryptomundo out everyday, usually before work or on my breaks at least a couple of times a day.

  25. MattBille responds:

    Matt, age 49, Colorado: I check it a couple of times a day. I work from home in my day job as a consultant, so I have some freedom there. I’m often led here by an interesting story posted on the crypto newsgroups. I’ve not really done fieldwork, so that question doesn’t apply. Keep up the good work.

  26. timi_hendrix responds:

    Tim, Age 22, Canada.

    I check Cryptomundo everyday at least a few days a day so see what is up. I only check it at home.

    I enjoy short posts because I am usually strapped for time. But I do enjoy reading longer thought out posts occasionally. I think it depends on the topic. I thought the Racism in Cryptozoology post was interesting and any stories on expeditions, people, and certain cryptids and what it’s like to be a cryptozoologist. I also like helpful hints on anything related + videos and pictures.

    I do not use cryptomundo in the field and I have not used cryptomundo for any school papers.

    Keep up the great work!

  27. WOLVES-TALON responds:

    Well, Better late than

    Sasada,40, location withheld.

    Cryptomundo for me is an escape from the hum~drum of everyday life. In the past, I was an avid BF researcher. But due to the controversy and all out bad light that has been shed on this work, I have gone back to the pharmaceutical field, and animal tracking ( for the local wildlife center).

    But I have to give credit where it is due, Loren Coleman is a bright beacon in this field of cryptozoology. He has kept this long controversial subject alive and my hat is off to him.

    So Loren, stand up and take a long deserved bow. Because you have earned it my friend.

    Cryptomundo is and always will be #1 in my book.

  28. cliff responds:

    33, male, engineer

    I read cryptomundo exclusively at work, hardly ever miss a day. I spend most of my time during the week in front of a computer so I rarely get on the computer at home since I’ve likely already been sitting in front of one for 40+ hours during the week. When I get home, the last thing I want to see is a computer screen, but in the off-chance that I did get online at home, I would certainly check to see if there were any new topics posted since my last visit.

  29. cryptidsrus responds:

    Male, 37—(almost 38). Georgia, USA.

    Try to read Cryptomundo every day when I can. Don’t have a computer at home so the public library does fine.

    Cryptomundo is one of ten sites I post and go through daily. Loren’s CopycatEffect Blog is also on that list of ten.

    I prefer the briefer stories if I don’t have the time but if I DO have the time I can sit down and enjoy the longer ones at leisure.

    Never used this for a school paper.

  30. Rogutaan responds:

    21 male here. I check the site not every day, but at least once every three days. Heh, I checked for updates on Easter. I work in retail, so I don’t have access to a computer at work. I’ve checked the site in class though, back when I took computer-related classes.

    As for length of articles, it really depends on the subject matter. I like the classic cryptids – Bigfoot/Yeti/Skunkape, Thunderbirds, Nessie. For those subjects I’ll read any length of article. Now other subjects like for instance the mysterious cats and dogs, ehn, depends on if I have time. I’ll usually just skim those articles if they are longer. Any unidentifiable remains (re: Montauk Monster, globsters) I’l take the time to read the entire article.

    I’ve never actually used Cryptomundo for a school assignment, but if given the chance to do a research project on something cryptozoologic I definitely would cite here. I’ve actually cited Cryptomundo in an online debate in a (now-defunct) forum I modded at.

    I’ve never been on an expedition, but that doesn’t stop me from looking when I’m taking the backways to get somewhere. I swear I saw something once in the woods, but it was so brief I just dismissed it as a deer.

  31. CWatkins responds:

    45 Female, Dallas, Texas.

    Right now I do not have a computer at home, so I use part of my lunch break at work to visit the sight almost daily.

    It is a little more convenient, since my time is limited, to read the shorter posts, but when I have the extra time, I also enjoy the longer more thoughful ones.

  32. wisaaka responds:

    Shane, age 36, Massachusetts

    1) I read it daily when I can, not in a work place (mainly because I have job but no static “workplace”).

    2) no.

    3) longer thoughtful items, I like to have as much information as possible on a given subject with any nuances intact. and I very much like the older newspaper and historical report posts that are given time to time on Cryptomundo.

    But, as is this is a great site, Thanks for putting it out here.

  33. pandafarmer responds:

    I’m male, 35, from Minneapolis. I have Cryptomundo on my RSS feed as well. This being said, as long as I have my laptop with I am reading this site, even on vacations and at work. I have never been actively Cryptid hunting, but do keep myself up on the local “scene” when I travel to hopefully guide me to interesting places to see or local books to look for. Crypto-tourism as it were!

    As for the actual articles… I prefer news related info and sighting reports. I do appreciate your personal insights, but I keep my eyes open for the “juicy bits” for the most part.

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