Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cool Chicks

My best girlfriend and I were just reminiscing about our days in the music world.  I'm sure I don't have to point out all the pitfalls of being a woman in a male dominated industry.  The word "groupie" was tossed around so much it was sickening—and if you said it within earshot of either of us, you were guaranteed to get a high-heeled boot up the backside or at least a steely glare and a berating that made you retreat to the nearest corner.  Meanwhile male reviewers, who couldn't hold a candle to our collective musical knowledge and kissed more ass than a toilet seat were held up and celebrated as the true authority.  We had to work ten times as hard and continually struggled to be taken seriously.  Not fair, but a reality.  One of the many things we refused to do was reject or downplay our sexuality or our girlie-ness. We stood proud and strong and didn't take any crap from anyone—we were cool chicks!


Like many fellow female detectorists, I can be a total tomboy.  I like to play in the dirt, I don't mind worms and I’m not intimidated by power tools—but I'm still a woman.  I love rock music and I have attitude and a penchant for slipping into high heels, donning little black dresses and dabbing on a bit of lip gloss.  I shouldn't have to apologize for that, and I'm certainly not going to alter my personality for fear that someone might not "get it". Yet I find myself faced with similar issues in this venue as in that of the music industry.  The balance of being a cool rock chick with attitude, which is prevalent throughout the theme of Girls Rock Metal Detecting, and not being taken seriously. The big premise behind the Girls Rock movement is being true to oneself and  busting stereotypes. It's far from traditional and not everyone can be expected to understand it.  I can appreciate and respect that. I fully recognized that I was going to meet with some resistance when I started this project.  I also expected to hear things like "The only reason people are watching your videos is because you have a vagina." Yup... the secret is out people.  I, Siren Kimmie, have a vagina!  I was born with it actually!   Quite proud of it in fact!  So if you are going to ridicule me and the ladies that participate in Girls Rock based on our body parts and the motives of others--which we have no control over-- this sounds like your issue not ours! 


Finally, the thing that frustrates me most is the imaginary competition that has been created among other women in this hobby. I don't believe that anyone is doing videos or blogs or Facebook groups or any of it, simply to try to "out do" one another--If you are, that's just sad.  That premise to me is silly.  There is PLENTY of room for everyone to participate.  We are not selling a product here people.  The viewing public is not a consumer base that we have to worry will choose our brand over another.  Fact of the matter is, if someone likes what you're doing they'll watch and hopefully subscribe.  There isn't anything we are doing at Girls Rock that will get in the way of that, nor would we want to!  The more women out there doing this, the more we will become a fixture in the hobby and the battle will be won so to speak. There is no need or room for envy or jealousy.  There is no "prize" to be won and no on is attempting to take anything from you.   So ladies, lets get our cool chick on and start celebrating one another!  Let's  hang out with the guys, have a beer, tell a joke, laugh and dig up some really amazing coins and relics together!

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Gettysburg of Ohio Needs YOU!

First off, let me explain what the Gettysburg of Ohio is.  The Civil War Preservation Project of Ohio (CWPPO), led by Sam Waters, is a group of historical enthusiasts, archaeologists and metal detectorists who have volunteered their efforts with the goal of locating evidence of the northernmost battle in the American Civil War. The battle of Salineville was fought over 40 days as elements of the Union Army and Ohio Militia troops pursued General John Hunt Morgan's confederate cavalry troops. Sadly these events are not well documented! The hope is to provide more concrete evidence for GPS mapping to create a "flow of battle" map.  Several teams of metal detectorists (myself included), excavators, Civil War experts, documentation assistants, and other volunteers, will work together to locate, recover, identify and document locations of period artifacts.  In this effort the goal is to identify the scope of fighting by determining areas where concentrations of fired and dropped lead ammunition may be found as well as Union and Confederate uniform buttons, camp gear and equine equipment dropped or discarded as soldiers fought and fled. Relics will be donated to the local historical society and museum to be displayed so visitors can learn more about this little known Civil War event.  It is also hoped that enough proof will be uncovered where the historical society will then be awarded much needed grants and well-deserved battle markers.

Funds are DESPERATELY needed!!!  It is a rare occasions - this being the only time - I come to my readers, viewers, friends and family asking for donations for anything.  But I wholeheartedly believe in this project and what Sam is doing here. It's important!  This history needs to be brought out into the light! Please, please, please, help out in any way you can! Thank you!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
Coming soon: http://cwppo.com/

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Spamming and Slamming

A few days ago I let loose the Girls Rock Metal Detecting website upon the masses of Facebook. I have been a contributing member, sharing finds and engaging with other detectorists in social media communities since the day I started metal detecting almost four years ago. I am a video narrator and on other channels and have created banners and graphics for different pages as well as being an active moderator of various Facebook groups. While I did effectuate a profile change when undertaking the Girls Rock Metal Detecting project, and may seem like a new face, I still felt comfortable posting the website, which is completely on topic. I had also received an amazing response from moderators who encouraged me to post links, blog articles, videos, or "whatever I wanted."  Needless to say, I was quite shocked when someone accused me of being a spammer and a non-participant in the groups.

What exactly is spam?  "Electronic spamming is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited messages (spam), especially advertising, as well as sending messages repeatedly on the same site..." "It is named after Spam, a luncheon meat, by way of a Monty Python sketch in which Spam is included in every dish. The food is stereo-typically disliked/unwanted, ..." Thank you Wikipedia! I think it's safe to say that I was not hurling canned meat at anyone so we'll go with the electronic definition of spam. I was not selling anything and I never posted the link more than one time to any group. While it is true, I did post the link to multiple groups, I am an active member in these groups and wished to share my website with each group much like I do with finds, videos or blog articles. Those of us belonging to multiple groups have grown accustomed to seeing posts more than once, accepting this as a harmless side effect. (We could get into semantics about how there are way too many metal detecting groups but I didn't create the Facebook world I just reside in it -- Plus I love the variety!)  Next, speaking to relevancy, as a member of a "metal detecting group" there is an assumption of risk that you will see metal detecting links (gasp!). However, an amazing little tool known as a "scroll bar" allows you to scroll through posts until you find something that catches your fancy. Bottom line, your personal lack of interest in a post does not make it spam.

There are two things an innocent bystander may not know about me: 1) I have a tremendous passion for metal detecting and 2) I have an out-of-control creative side that regularly assumes full dominion over my being, plunging me into projects it feels will sedate my artistic cravings. From this, Girls Rock Metal Detecting was conceived. While it is true, the idea was born out of a vision to provide a platform for female detectorists to fully express themselves, it would be disingenuous not to point out the benefits I am being afforded. Girls Rock Metal Detecting has tapped into a side of me that has been dormant for some time--The imaginative artsy side who is so excited to have a reason to write, create graphics, produce videos, engineer film and sounds, and to interact with others in a hobby that is truly inspiring. The one thing I am NOT getting out of this is money! I never intended for Girls Rock Metal Detecting to generate a revenue of any sort. I have long since learned that it is difficult to find a job in the arts that actually pays the bills, so I must hold down a 40 hour a week career to keep a roof over my head.  I truly believe, because this project is not money driven, what I am doing comes for a pure and true place in my heart (as corny as that sounds). I hope this honesty translates through the videos and my social media content. I realize not everyone will understand and appreciate what I'm doing, but I really hope you'll give it a chance.

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Girls Rock Metal Detecting Vol. 2 - Variety Show!

The Girls Rock Metal Detecting Variety Show! With special guests Allyson Choen, Roseanne Rainwater and Maddie Serrano. Featuring a GRMD exclusive interview with Kurt Frantz of the Hoover Boys and the music styling of Gazza at Heavy Metal Detecting. And now, digging along side Thrills in the Dig, Civil War Misc Relic Hunters and Chris Gore, here's your lovely hostess Siren Kimmie!

xoxo Siren Kimmie (HDIC Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

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