Hello dear readers,
My name is John Reason, and I am the owner/editor here at Real Vampire News. (RVN)
My presence in the online vampire community (OVC) has decreased greatly in recent times. I don’t like to use RVN as my personal soapbox, but I feel I owe an explanation to the readers of this site.
I started RVN because I saw an opportunity to build a website that could host information for/about vampires from all over the world. My dream for this site has always been to help people. I believe that encouraging communication between different groups will foster understanding and peace. I also feel that posting informational articles will help folks who need to understand their personal vampirism a little more. As you can imagine, it is very difficult to even try to cover every group of vampires, and every bit of information on vampirism. We here at RVN do our absolute best though. The only thing I want from RVN is to help people. I don’t want to be a “face” or spokesperson for vampires. I don’t want recognition. I find it hard to be happy, and when a person contacts me to say they gained something from my writing – I feel a type of joy that I rarely experience. That is all the reward I need.
In the last couple years, a lot has changed for me. I went to college. I got married. I rented a house. Good times. Then I developed a degenerative disease that causes me agonizing pain every moment of my life. Then I started a business that is sucking the life out of me. Now I am going through a divorce. These are all very personal things. I try to keep them to myself. Unfortunately, that is not how the world works. Between emotional pain of losing the love of my life, and the physical pain that makes it hard to live a semblance of my former life – it is damn near impossible for me to be involved in the OVC in the way I once was. I miss helping people. When I was forced to focus on my own life (due to pain that was so bad, I literally couldn’t crawl out of bed for days at a time), I was able to lay my responsibilities on kind folks who could carry my weight, even when I couldn’t. Most notable of these people are Tim and Lady M. These folks have spent countless hours researching, writing, and working for this site. They go above and beyond what I ever expected for RVN. Not only do they work hard, but they work hard to keep the spirit of RVN, and every single piece that has been posted is personally approved by me. Most people would try and “take over” a site in their position, and it says a lot that they always try to make sure they are fulfilling my goals and dreams.
I hope that someday I will be able to get back to the OVC and RVN like I was in the past. I don’t know if that will ever be possible, but I do know that the future of RVN is directly determined by the people who want to help. I will always be involved. Even if my name is not on every article, I am there behind the curtain.
RVN is not a “blog” in the conventional sense. It is somewhere between an online magazine and a news website. Sometimes it is hard to decide what we should post, but we try to stay within those guidelines. RVN is not a forum for opinions, though they do sometimes show in our writing. This creates a problem – people suck. There are plenty of people that I don’t like. There are plenty of people who don’t like me. There are many problems in my life. I am sure some people could even argue that I am a bad person. When I write for RVN or the OVC in general, I am not writing for me though. Even when I write about my personal experiences, I do it for other people. In much the same way, Tim is a person. Some people don’t like him, and he doesn’t like some people. That is why he doesn’t post his opinions here. When he or I want to express ourselves personally, we do it on our own personal blogs, or in other manners. Sometimes though, opinions shine through – but that is not the goal. The goal is to help people, and help the community. If you don’t like what we are doing, I suggest one thing – HELP US! The reason I felt I needed to start a new website instead of writing for others was they they didn’t want me. I want you. I want you to share your knowledge and your help. As long as you are polite, non-derogatory, helpful, and as non-biased as possible – we welcome your contributions.
The content on RVN is based on many variables; The people who are involved in writing the articles, activity in the community, and our reader’s responses. The last one is especially hard. Some people like interviews, some people hate them. Obviously we can’t have half-interviews as if they are Schrodinger’s Cat. We do our best to please our readers, and provide entertaining content. If you like what we have to offer, please say so. If you don’t like it, please say so! But please, do it kindly. Commenting on the articles is easy, and all polite, non-derogatory comments will be approved. I hate to admit this, but I have low self-esteem and thin skin. A big reason I have stepped back from the OVC is because I don’t deal well with people when they try to tear me apart, insult me, cyber-stalk, bully, reveal my personal information, and so many other things. It is a personal fault of mine. So please, remember that we are all people. We all have feelings. Personal qualms should be settled personally, and even when we are angry and hurt – we should do our best to be good people.
My goal for this site is to help people, but my dream is for it to be a site filled with content written by people from all over the community. As long as you are polite, helpful, and kind – we want you! Come join us, and share your knowledge, and help us cover more of the community. The more people involved, the more representative RVN will be of the community as a whole.
I would like to thank all the people who read this site, and all those who have been involved with it over the years. I hope that this has adequately explained why some things have changed around here.
Please accept my sincerest apology that I have not been able to give more to the community.