I don't consider these forums that public... I'm getting 10 interview requests a day because of this website because its the biggest website dealing with haunted houses. If someone called me about the naked haunted house I wouldn't want to discuss it. If someone called me to quote about how your haunted house burned to the ground I wouldn't say anything but positive stuff because it can have an impact on everyone. Going on national news and ripping on the idea is something I didn't do... I have no interest to discuss a naked haunted house I do however have an interest in promoting all the things I do promote about this industry.
I talk about vendors and how we are a export only industry, how our industry generates jobs, over a billion dollars, how we are better than movies, video games, how we are better than Halloween retail you name it... these are the things I talk about on a daily basis.
Read the interviews I've done all positive... I do everything to promote producers to do TV shows, articles, stories, and everything between. I'm 110% positive brother and one day when I'm gone someone will have to try and replace all that I do do... and it won't be easy. Many in this industry just have no idea what I've done for them from getting this tradeshow broken off the retail show, to starting a national PR program which now is a steamroller... I take action.
I don't sit around here and point fingers like 90% of everyone else... I make things happen. How did we get the PR machine rolling... one Halloween I read a zillion stories about sex offenders starting haunted houses and I said that was the last straw. Every story about haunts is negative... the national media needs to know about how great we are so I DID IT!
IF I LISTENED to all these naysayers none of this stuff gets done... I'm totally un-phased by people who do nothing but create drama.
Hauntworld is another thing that many people accused me of this or that now look at it... we provide more information and data about haunts than every other site combined. These are all great things.
On these forums I try my best to inspire discussion, thought, and debate to open your mind to new ways of thinking. You say groupon is great I say otherwise... we have two ways of thinking maybe we influence people to think it through.
Here is the bottom line folks... you have exactly 30-40 days to make enough money to re-open the following year, to pay your bills, to survive. We have very little margin for error... these discussion are good. Bottom line is no one from the media is readying this thread they don't have time for it news develops in a digital world quickly. They have to report and move onto something else quick... this forum is semi private because you can't view photos for example if you are not a member, you can't post if you are not a member, and its just one link on the site of 100's.