After many months of hard work, I’m proud to announce the rebirth… the reincarnation of Ghostvillage.com! While we’re not totally finished with the upgrades and updates, we are now on a new platform that is slick, and it will give us the room to expand well into the future. The site now works on all browsers, smartphones, and tablets, you can search easily and quickly through thousands of pages of content, and you can easily submit and interact with everything in our village. This is just the foundation, just the beginning of what we have in store for you.
There are two people I need to thank above all others. First, master programmer (and DJ) Jeremy Winterrowd did all of the back-end work on the new Web site. He wrote a program to move over 2,500 pages of flat HTML content into the new database. If we did that by hand, we would be ghosts before we could have ever finished the project. Second, I need to thank my high school buddy and master Web guy, Jason Barsi, for all of the help on the front end. He gave the site the new look and a lot of the functionality. And finally, I need to thank photographer Frank Grace – whose amazing and creepy photos now lurk throughout the Web site. These guys made all of this possible.
So go ahead and take a look around. Kick the new tires a bit. But know that in the coming weeks, there will be more changes coming. Our message boards will be fully integrated into the Web site, plus a lot of new content will be coming on board. Ghostvillage.com is going to become a paranormal network of words, sights, and sounds. We’ll carry your favorite paranormal radio programs, plus original video content. I can’t wait for you to see it!
So this month’s theme is appropriately reincarnation. You don’t have to buy into the notion of past lives to appreciate reincarnation. Maybe the idea is as simple as the fact that we must keep evolving and growing into new people, or we truly die. We must challenge ourselves, learn from our past, and commit to accomplishing great things for ourselves and the people around us.
There’s a saying in the arts that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Meaning that we’re a product of the masters who inspired us and the masters who inspired those folks before them. Does Mozart not sneak into some killer guitar solos? Is there not a piece of Da Vinci appearing in even the most obscure street graffiti? Chaucer in a Tweet? Maybe reincarnation isn’t so far-fetched?
Enjoy your new village, folks. And get ready for a lot of great new content!