Dear readers, by now, you may have noticed a new banner and new content popping up on Mysterious Heartland. These changes represent an expanded focus and direction for the website. Until now, we have largely focused on ghost stories and paranormal-related content. Unfortunately, that subject by itself has not generated the kind of interest we hoped. Over the past several years, I’ve noticed the following:
- Despite an average of over 100,000 views a month, the majority of our readers are first-time visitors who come only for the top 10 lists.
- Interviews with people in the paranormal field, book reviews, reader polls, and articles about haunted places are largely ignored.
- Aside from a few dedicated people, solicitations for reader participation are ignored.
This leads me to believe that the “paranormal community” is not as active as I always hoped. In order to achieve the readership goals I’ve set, Mysterious Heartland must expand its appeal and broaden its focus. For that reason, late this year I decided to increasingly focus on real-life mysteries, including unsolved crimes and disappearances.
In 2016, I hope to deliver dynamic, professional content that will appeal to a broader, more engaged audience. Ghost stories and the paranormal will remain part of this package, but the “Mysterious” encompasses so much more. I hope you join me for this exciting journey into the unknown.