Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Monday, January 04, 2010


For the first seven or eight months of the bloggo I used to preface people's blog postings with a brief biography and a photograph. I thought it was a good idea for us to be able to tell you the readership who the people that write for you every day are.

But then, roughly the time that `Muirhead's Mysteries` had been running every day for a month, I began to get emails saying 'we know who these people are, stop telling us already'. So I stopped.

But this morning I got an email:

'Dear Jon,

My wife and I really love reading the bloggo each day, but we are new to all this. Who are these people?? We enjoy Dale's and Richard's posts in particular but would like to know something about them...


So what do I do? It's over to you guys....


Syd said...

Folks who know the writer should be bright enough to know they can skip the bio., and those who don't know the writer find the bio., rather useful.

G L Wilson said...

Have a page on the main CFZ site with a bio for each contributor, and then simply put a hyperlink through on their name from the bloggo. Those who are wanting to know who's who then can just click the link - everyone else can ignore it.

Karen said...

Place the bio after the posting instead of as a preface. Those who wish to know can then read on.