You’ve decided to become a ghost hunter, and so have applied the title to yourself because after all there is no mandatory training or registration to go through. You just need a team name (maybe), a website and you’re done.
You can check out other ghost hunting team websites and maybe buy the same bits of kit they have, and copy their techniques too – especially if they’re a ghost hunting team who has been on television because if they’re on TV they must know their stuff.
Then all you have to do is visit some locations – those that have ghost stories attached to them, or those that look haunted. Then, on your website make sure to explain to people that you are rational because you debunk stuff with articles like ‘when orbs are and aren’t paranormal’ so people know you’re an open minded skeptic and all…
Congratulations, you are now a ghost hunter.
At some stage you might catch something a bit odd and you’ll think it is news worthy and will send it to your local newspaper, they’ll publish it, but don’t be mistaken in thinking this means you’re a great ghost hunter because newspapers will actually just publish anything.
You’ve probably not realised that there are hundreds of people who have done exactly the same thing as you for years and years before you got the idea. People who don’t properly research their techniques and methods, but happily act as though they’re experts are nothing new – unfortunately.
You can normally tell a copy-cat ghost hunter from those who’ve done proper research because they excitedly present you with “evidence” that is really poor, and they’ve considered it as evidence because they’re desperate to either a) prove to themselves and others that they’re right to think ghosts exist or b) make a name for themselves in the ghost research field (just like dozens of wanna-be ghost hunting celebs before them).
You can tell everyone you debunk stuff as though that’s proof that you’re open minded, but the fact you use pseudo-scientific techniques (because you’ve not actually researched what you’re doing before jumping in the deep end) gives the game away.
Seriously, before you do anything else you should probably learn about the field you’ve decided to join. If you choose to ignore the information out there then it’s evident that you’re not at all open minded like you claim.
Also, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been investigating for three years or thirty-three years – you can have been investigating for decades and still get it wrong.
A great resource for reasonable information about Ghost Hunting is the site of the Association for Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. You don’t have to be a member to read the online articles.
You can click the ‘Ghost basics’ tab at the top of my site to read my summary of basic subjects you will come across as a Ghost Hunter. You can also read through the topics listed under ‘paranormal’ on the Skeptics Dictionary.
Up to date information is available – you just need to bother to find it. As I’ve said many times; it’s easy to copy other people, but thinking for yourself takes effort but it’s worth it. Trust me, I speak from experience.