Cutting back our blog posting schedule…

Due to the lack of content being submitted by readers for our non-fiction writing contest, we may have to scale blog posting back to only posting a few times each month. I hope that it does not come to that…

I will do what I can to keep the content going, but the truth is that I don’t have the time needed to personally write a detailed blog post everyday, plus moderate comments, answer emails, and keep up with my other writing projects (I’ve been working on another book and an article for Backwoods Home Magazine, for example).

If you have something to contribute now would be a great time… Here is a short list of what we are interested in…

  • Saving Money
  • Product Reviews
  • Book Reviews
  • Firearms Reviews
  • Gardening
  • Preserving Foods
  • Cooking with Basic Foods
  • Food Storage Ideas
  • Raising Chickens
  • Raising Rabbits
  • Raising Goats
  • Keeping Bees
  • Butchering Livestock and Game
  • Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping
  • Building Projects
  • Tools care and use
  • Survival Retreat Locales
  • Communications
  • Off-Grid and Emergency Power
  • Retreat and Home Security
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Care
  • Nonlethal Boobytraps and Alarms
  • Self-Employment
  • Bartering and Investing
  • Survival Vehicles
  • Alternative Fuels
  • DIY Projects
  • Bugging out
  • Training Survival / Hunting Dogs
  • Alternative housing
  • Homesteading
  • Finding Cheap Land

and other related survival topics…

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Comments

  1. The Last American says:

    I’m speechless, plan on sending you an article this weekend. Of course you must do what is best for you and your family.

  2. Sure will! I need to write more how-to articles. I just tested two recipes that your readers will like.

  3. M.D. You have to do what’s best for you. I’ll still be here every day.

  4. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Its not a problem sir, you do what you need to do. There are plenty of blogs with long times between posts and do fine. When things get slow, I go back and re-read old information – with my memory, its brand new, lol.

  5. Could it be that your “Wolf Pack” members are sending their articles to JWR? After all his prizes are in the thousands of dollars – for example first prize is close to $4,000! He is the God of survival blogging and everyone wants to give him stuff. Everyone else is a want to be… Sorry, but the truth hurts…

    • The Last American says:

      Jim, like in Jim Rawles? hmmmmmmm?

    • I think M. D.’s made it pretty clear that it’s not a competition and that he doesn’t want it turning into that. Everyone’s blog is different and caters to different folks. It’s not really worthwhile getting into “so-and-so’s better” so let’s just leave that sort of discussion for somewhere else.

    • georgeislearning says:

      lol you’re funny dude. I do not think MD is a wanna be JWR. I think he’s a wanna be MD. :-)

      I have been to that JWR site a few times but tbh I didn’t enjoy the site a whole lot. I found the articles more like books.

      This site has a ton o info on it already. There is only so much survival stuff one can post before the content kinda gets repetitive. I mean how many times do I need to learn how to make a camping stove?

      You’re still funny Jim…. like a clown.

      Not as funny as me though, like when I asked that guy to take a pic of the worms comin outta his butt, now that was classic porgie.

    • Jim,

      We are not in a contest here with anyone. If we were I would not have posted your comment, which is pretty must free advertising for the other blogs contest.

      And yes, JWR has a great blog with a huge advertiser base that looks like he brings in at least $25,000 dollars or more per month by the number of advertisers comparative with his listed rates. Not including revenue from his books, affiliate links and other products.

      No doubt about it JWR probably rakes in more cash in a month than I earn in a year (maybe two years). And that is great for him. God has blessed him in many ways.

      And yes, his advertisers donate thousands of dollars’ worth of products for his contests and if you have an article that is 1,500 or more in length please send it to JWR.

      However, I allow (actually prefer posts that are 500 – 1,000 words in length) shorter posts on The Survivalist Blog.net, thus filling that void.

      Have a great day… Thanks…

      • Mark .308 says:

        Just because he makes more money than you does not mean he is better, it only means that he is better at the business of making money. Don’t sell yourself short you have a great blog here.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          MD,
          Who is this Mark .308 and how does he know what you and Rawles make for a living?
          I really don’t know how lucrative this blog is but I think you have found a niche. I don’t know what level of success you have achieved but I do know after visiting other sites, this is the one for me. I am assuming the blog and books are your sole source of income. I do hope it is working for you and that you continue along these lines.

          • I’m not sure – but he probability has it right.

            To answer your question – yes this blog and my books are my only source of income.

            But to be honest I could make more money working at a fast food place and put in fewer hours doing it…

            • Tactical G-Ma says:

              my opinion for what it is worth is:
              if you just want to make enough to have the freedom you have now then keep doing what you are doing. If you are empire building then be committed 24/7 til the cash flow is sufficient and you can bring on help and none of us would be the wiser. somehow I think you use the blog as a vehicle to do what you feel you should be doing, prepping for self-sufficiency. So, whatever you do, you gotta live with. For now, I am hooked.

            • MD,
              Chase the dream, not the competition.

            • Swabbie Robbie says:

              I like your web site and blog because you are a guy who had the SHTF personally and picked yourself up and started over from scratch. Your books and web are one a personal scale, just as any of us in a survival situation will find ourselves.

              I read your site almost everyday and more often than most others. Others may have more in-depth stuff on guns and ammo and tactical operations, and there is a component of that to survival, but it is likely far smaller than those sites make them to be. Yours gets down to recipes and gardening and raising chickens, small scale solar panels – the things people really do to survive.

              In essence, a large percentage of people need to learn how to live poor and survive within their means. Your work is helping with that.

      • “prefer posts that are 500 – 1,000 words in length”

        Oops. Thought you wanted them long.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      This is my preferred blog and I’m stickin’ to it!

    • Thomas T. Tinker says:

      Jimmy jimmy jimmy… The fact that you can post this foolish idea is what makes such a huge difference between the two sites. Do you even understand the amount of moderation time it takes to run a site like this one… with out a ‘short’ staff to do the grunt work. The truth is a two edged blade fella….. ask JWR if he is a one pony show. Ah… and would you care to post his responce?

      • Mark .308 says:

        Thomas T. Tinker,

        I’ve heard him mention several times about “east, west coast” editors and editors at large. I think his son does his webmaster duties. But we all know that he does not have to moderate any comments because he does not allow any type of discussion on his blog.

        • Thomas T. Tinker says:

          And so the hammer hits the nail again….

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          I find the discussion to be as valuable as the articles cause sometimes I don’t understand or misunderstand things or have questions that may only be pertinent to my situation.
          I have learned so much by reading and participating with this blog.

    • Jim:

      What if the purpose of my posting is to share information and help others not make some of the mistakes I’ve made? Most times I can do that with a comment, something usually not available on the JWR site. I’m not that articulate and I’m not in this for the money.

    • MountainSurvivor says:

      Jim,
      I think I heard JWR calling you. Yep, he says to get your old rude prune-ish self back on over there because some of the regulars are missing you. They say they want their prized dusty survival knick-knack back because although it may be broken, it is still useful for weighing things down.

    • Isn’t that funny, I think I’ve only been tho his blog maybe 3 or 4 times in the past 3 years, yet I’m here everyday.

      I like the ‘tone’ of this blog a lot better, and I trust the wolf pack.

  6. Sure, blame the readers. Donations and advertising revenue and you can’t find time for it?

    • Jim,

      No one was blaming anyone – the The Wolf Pack is a great bunch.

      The fact is that I cannot do everything else plus write a featured blog post every day. If we do don’t have enough posts to publish every day, then I will scale it back to what I have time to write. I am one guy, and I can only do the best I can with the time that I have. Sorry, Jim but I don’t have a staff of volunteer editors at large.

    • Jim needs to go back to the other place and lay off with the stupid comments. It is sad when someone clings to their ignorance, but at this time, in this country we have many proudly doing so.

  7. I think I need to work on an idea I’ve been toying with.

  8. I like this Blog, it’s more like family. When I send in a review, I’m not doing it for the prize.

    • axelsteve says:

      M.D. creekmore. I understand you predcament that you are in. I do not plan on going to any other blog or web site. This is the best one by far, I miss lint and nc ray and Jarhead . Maybe we will see them again.You even give me reason to submit something.

  9. well,that tears it. if no one will make fun of my lack of punctuation and spelling ability,ill try my hand at doing an article on building a woodgas stove or a rocket stove.

    • Sounds like a great idea to me! I always like articles on those things – I can print them out and hand them to hubby and say “Want!”…

    • If you’d like an editor, I’ll apply for the job. I’m having a hard time turning my article idea into an article, but I’m willing to help anyone else whose got the idea on paper and needs it “beautified and glorified”. I had to do a lot of “team” research papers when I was in school and I often took the various sections from other team members to combine into single papers with a proper flow.

    • georgeislearning says:

      woodgas is kinda neat. I saw a video of a guy running a pickup truck on woodgas.

      I would like to convert my lawnmower into running on propane and then turn it into a generator. All this stuff has been done many times and videos all over youtube but would be neat and useful to actually do it myself.
      I hope you do, do the wood gas BC. Maybe someday I’ll get off my arse and do the propane conversion on my mower. I started it one time but got side tracked.

    • BC,
      If you compose your article in a word processor like Microsoft Word or Open Office (free for the download), then you can easily eliminate the spelling errors and even some of the grammar issues. You then just cut, paste, and submit. In any case, as a grammar (and spelling) Nazi I may occasionally cringe at something, but if the material is useful and understandable, then the other things become trivial.

      • Hunker-Down says:

        LOL Watch it folks, he means it! This grammer Nazi nailed me after I mumbled something about clips and bullets last year.:-)

        • HD,
          Actually, the bullet and clip thing is not in the grammar Nazi arena, but the NRA instructor area. Misspalling something or using ain’t instead of isn’t can be annoying, but this is a third thing in any subject area called terminology. While it may seem trivial, use of proper terminology is important and can in some areas even be a safety issue. If I tell you to add two tbsp of an ingredient when I meant 2 tsp, the outcome of the food may not be what you expected. Terminology is an area where I generally always inject my opinion, since it is generally much more important than spelling and grammar issues.

        • H-D,

          I think that was me–I had been waiting for months to catch you in a grammar mistake after calling me out on clips versus magazines. LOL

          • Hunker-Down says:

            Bam Bam,

            If I hadn’t been taught by OhioPrepper I never would have picked on you, so lets blame the whole thing on him.

            I still maintain that magazines (and catalogues) are supplies to be stored in an outhouse. Hehehe

            • Bam Bam & HD,
              It’s OK, I have big shoulders.

              As for magazines and catalogs in the outhouse, I think that was once true; however, it seems that all of those items now use slick paper, and I’m just not sure how well they would work.

    • axelsteve says:

      bc i never believed in fancy stuff like puncuation marx.

    • BC,

      In a post collapse world, knowing how to make a wood gas stove would be more important than knowing how to spell or punctuate.

    • No making fun of grammar, spelling, or anything else, better you show us your smarts in other ways………..and handy, BC you are!

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      BC,
      I ain’t promising nothin. I certainly don’t want to lose my reputation as a class A bee-atch! :-)

    • Swabbie Robbie says:

      Frankly, I would like to see a project developed to build a wood fired steam powered generator. If fuels like gas, propane and diesel were unavailable all those generators would be useless. For many rural people firewood is abundant and it could be looped into heating the home or shop with the waste heat used to make steam for the generator.

      It would be fun to see people making a group project out of how to do this, and the tinkerers work on them and post what they have done and what works and does not.

      • wood gas can run generators. it can run any engine that would normally run on petrol. just google “downdraft gasifier”,to see how it works.

  10. Tactical G-Ma says:

    MD,
    Was the entry on the batteries deleted?

    I too have a couple product reviews to write. Just trying to find the time.

  11. M.D.
    Have you considered an open comments section?
    It would be mostly self regulating, plus would be a dailey meeting place.

  12. mom of two says:

    So, people would rather send their articles to JWR because he has a first prize of $4,000? I can see clearly where some people’s loyalties lie. It seems to be in the amount of money involved. The chances of winning the big prize with their article on JWR’s blog are greater than a slim to none. Hum! Let me think about that. If more people are sending their articles to JWR because he offers a bigger prize, does that not make the chance of winning it greater too? Or, is winning a small prize and actually getting their article posted and helping others learn how to survive in the worst case scenario not worth it to them? My talents have been very limited. I am really thankful to the people who submit their articles on here so others can learn from them. This blog has always been about helping others prepare for hard times with true compassion and caring about the readers and each other. I hope when the readers submit an article is more about helping others and less about winning prizes. With the help of the true “wolf pack” it can and will always will be about helping others learn to survive hard times.

    • I think all the various blog sites have useful information – they just tend to be oriented their own particular way. JWR’s site is more tactically oriented, MDs is a bit more about how to get by on a shoestring, and a number of the others are more medically or food oriented.

      It’s not a case of loyalties (although I prefer submitting articles here because I get feedback, which many of the other sites don’t allow) but of fitting your information to the proper audience.

      • Hey, MD.. how do I get a pretty picture next to my name, anyway? Do I get to pick?

        • Victoria S.
          Follow the link below…
          http://en.gravatar.com/

        • oh don’t change your pic Victoria S! That pic of the horse is hilarious and just sums up the attitude! Love it!

          • That is my single best selling photograph of all time (I am, among a million other hats, a professional photographer). We generally sell several copies of that print per art show, if not more.

            • Copperhead says:

              Love your avatar, Victoria S.!

              I also love this blog and all the Wolf Pack. The format is just right, M. D. I also like the length of the articles as I don’t feel like I need to have an hour to read all of it. Thanks for all you do for us!

              Maybe I can write a post on how to prep while having a broken foot! As an older lady I have stress fractures and must learn how to do things differently. ( I, at first, wrote old lady, but that just sounded horrible to me!) :( I’m kind of entering a new phase of my life that will need some adaptation on my part. Should be interesting!
              All take care.

  13. PreppingMomma5 says:

    I also love the comments on this blog. People have such great ideas. And I definitely agree with the length of the posts here, I don’t get so lost in them! And it’s been a wonderful place to ask questions and have people give advice, as someone new, that has been one of the best things of all.

    • I agree! This blog is well written, well organized and has great topics. The articles are very useful, quick reads and the comments are always helpful…so many great ideas! There’s a wonderful, friendly atmosphere here, and no “nut jobs” which is refreshing. I’ve been on JWR’s blog, and it just didn’t have a good feel to. You have a great blog and format M.D., and we appreciate you being here and your hard work. Do what you need to do. There’s plenty of excellent articles here for everyone to read and re-read. Never hurts to review!

  14. MountainSurvivor says:

    Ok.

  15. Alittle2late says:

    This blog is a special place. Period. A $4,000 prize is won by a professional writer, someone that I would bet never actually performed or used the item of topic. I would prefer to get my info from someone that has hands on experience. So for me The Wolf Pack is where I visit daily.
    Thanks M.D. for keeping this site going.

    • Alittle2late….that’s exactly what I was thinking. The info on this site comes from hands-on knowledge of Pack members, and not crap that’s been Googled or ‘borrowed’ from other websites, re-worded and submitted with hopes of winning a prize. I’d much rather spend my time here, learning a skill or learning how to “make my own”. Sure, the dehydrated foods or other prizes might be nice to win, but when that food runs out, then what? Or when there is no website left to win those prizes or even buy the products from the advertisers? Knowledge is power!

      As for getting daily updates from this site, as the saying goes…it’s the QUALITY, not the quantity. In the past week, I’ve gotten newsletters from a couple other blogs (non-survival), where they are cutting back on postings. A blog takes a lot of time, especially one run by just one person.

  16. This is totally off topic but I just had to log on and rave about Zaycon Food. We picked up 40 lbs. of ground beef this afternoon. We split the order with a friend, so it was $67 for 20 lbs. I cooked up a pound for sloppy joes tonight and there was hardly any grease. The beef was excellent. Both my dh and I said it was the best hamburger we had ever tasted.

    About Zaycon: You have to register on their website. And each month they tell you what they have for that month. I ordered based on the recommendation of a couple of folks here. The way you pick up your order is that a Zaycon guy shows up at a preselected public place (a church) at a preselected time. You pull up and there is a refrigerated truck. You tell the guy your last name, he crosses you off the list and loads the order into your car. The order comes in 40 lb. lots. The hamburger was in four 10 lb. loaves. We took it home and put it in freezer bags.

    I am very pleased with their service and their product, and will order from them again–oh, and their meat is hormone free and the beef is grass fed.

    It’s rare that I find something that I rave about, but this company is doing it right.

    • Bam Bam,

      I picked up my case of beef on Tuesday. We had some for dinner Tuesday night. I thought it was excellent. I don’t think I will be getting my meat from anywhere else for a good long while. (Someday I hope to raise my own.)

      I really like their method of product delivery too!

      • Kate,

        If I had known the hamburger was going to be top quality, I would have bought the entire 40 lbs. for myself instead of going in half with a friend. I am definitely going to order from them again.

  17. I agree with the consensus that I would rather get my information from this blog smashed fingers and thumbs type information rather than the polished, edited and professionally printed magazine type articles like others post. I too would not be the remotest interested in entering to win a prize cash or otherwise. My interest is in telling it how it happened even the oops kind of stuff in the hopes that it will prevent someone else from going down that same blind alley into a trap. I pick up a lot of ideas on this blog, some of them tried and true, some nearly unbelievable until I tell myself that peculiar things do happen in real life to real people. Some of the topics posted are refinements on what I have found or experienced in my lifetime and some are real entry level basic stuff that every one should know, especially those who did not have the privilege of growing up poor in a rural atmosphere. I see some on here that have used the more modern techniques and materials of which I so profoundly endorse and frequently compare with older tried and true methods. Just keep up what you are doing and if you get to the point of having to cut it down to once a week, that is still a hell of a lot better than nothing or alternatively posting a bunch of bogus bullshit like some do. I have been trying to hammer out a couple of articles but I keep getting stymied by medical problems or find someone else has already addressed the problem and all I need do is add my comments. Those of us who truly believe will still support you in whatever manner we are able to do so. You sir, are a breath of fresh air in an otherwise smog obfuscated arena. Harold

  18. M.D. I appreciate all you have done and everyone else for helping
    me by posting your stories and comments. Have a great weekend.

  19. I typically visit four sites regularly. This one daily, Rawles a few times per week, Jack Spirko’s podcast a few times per week to download the podcasts, and Enola Gays Paratus Familia perhaps once per week. Although I do get some good information from Rawles site, and even occasionally respond to something, the gang at this site feels in many ways like family since the format of this site is highly interactive. There are a lot of folks who have been prepping for a long time and not all of us have the time or inclination to run a site, but there is always more to learn, often from an innocent question from a new prepper. Jacks site is similar, but requires about an hour to first listen to and digest the podcast. In the end, running any site takes time, and MD should do what he needs to, not only to keep this site running, but to have a life of his own, outside of the net.

  20. MENTALMATT says:

    M.D. this gets me thinking, I’ll come up with an article on something.

  21. Well said Ohio and all. I surf lots of sites, this is by far the friendliest, most suportive and interactive site. Someone alsways has a suggestion that can be helpful.

    As far as JWR’s site, he is also retired military and has a nice, cushy military retirement pension coming in each month. And, that is great as I come from a long line of military folks – a military person gives up much in normal everyday life to protect this country – they deserve it. I point this out only to say to JIM above, MD does not have that cushion, and so works twice as hard to provide good content, etc for all of his readers.

    Md does a fabulous job of moderating, informing, encouraging, and providing info as his time allows. And that includes comments like Jim’s that are somewhat less than tactful.

    So, Kudos to all preppers, to all moderators who provide a forum for us ALL to learn – it takes time to run any business as we all know, and it can’t be done in 5 minutes.

    MD thank you for all you do! You have to have a life outside the net…just as OHIO said. Live it while you can!

    • grannyj:

      Not that I’m out to defend an attack on M.D. but I believe that JWR is ex-military not retired. And I’m retired military and $1100/mo is not a cushy retirement amount (especially considering the parts that don’t work anymore that I get an additional $250/mo for).

  22. Southern Blonde says:

    I love this site and it is the only site I use. The best thing is the interaction and responses to posts. I learn so much from the Wolf Pack. As I am reading I copy and paste tips that I learn in my electronic notepad, and copy recipes and put them in Word in my “Prepper Recipe file” in a folder on my computer. Today I copied Bam-Bam’s Salsa, and HomeInsteader’s tip on putting apple juice with sweet potatoes to can them (in response to Repair Mama’s question). I want to begin canning and am very leary of it, mostly just not confident. My goal is to begin after the holidays. My courage is up due to reading the canning tips this week. Every week I am saving 7 to 10 tips and advice. This blog is great! Keep up the great work, MD!

    • Mary in mn says:

      If you are going to can get the blue book from Ball. It is excellent.
      You want to learn to do things right. Especially when it comes to food handling and safety.
      I have read some web sites on canning and they scare me with some of their practices and short cuts.
      If it is worth doing, do it right.

  23. Thank you everone for your kind words – after posting this today, we’ve already received two new posts. So we are getting back on target.

  24. Alittle2late says:

    If I wanted to submit an article how would I do that exactly?

  25. M.D.,

    Of course I enjoy all of the reader posts, tapping into the vast knowledge of the Wolf Pack, but I equally enjoy the ‘miscellany’. We have to stay informed on what is going on in the world around us, Lord knows we aren’t getting it from the mainstream media.

    Thanks,
    Crusty

  26. Honestly,

    My biggest reason for not submitting anything was that I feel like I am too new to prepping to offer anything useful. I mean, I know some things, but I just feel like a real… well… noob.

    • Kris,

      There are a lot of new preppers who read but do not comment. If you write a post about your experiences getting started, what’s easy, what’s difficult, or what you’ve done that’s been a complete disaster, you will be helping a lot of people.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Kris,

      A newcomer to any group is an asset as long as that person asks questions. The longer a group is entrenched in a topic, the more assumptions they make and opinions they form.
      A newcomer who asks what may seem to be a ‘really dumb’ question will at times, shock a lot of old timers who slap their forehead and mutter ‘why didn’t I think of that problem’.
      Usually, the dumber the question, the more head slaps you can hear among the Wolf Pack.

      • Kris,

        I agree with Hunker Down. Fresh perspective is very valuable. I wrote my first article for this blog when I had only been prepping for about a year. Not only did I get a lot of comments like “oh, I hadn’t thought about that”, but some of the things I was a bit hung on, the pack answered for me.

        Also, I thoroughly recommend reading the “What Did You Do To Prep This Week”s comments. I have got some great ideas from everyone’s comments – and a few “OMG, I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that – I could have killed my family” moments.

        The other thing about this site, is every time I need advice, the pack is INCREDIBLE. They are a great resource. Ask questions, that’s how you learn.

  27. bulldogbeau says:

    Let me say, I do like this blog a lot. I do get a ton of information from your Wolf Pack. I have read this blog almost daily and will continue.
    However,
    You are a tight group with a small group that rule the comments. It’s my opinion that there are a lot of people that post their comments and crickets are heard. It would be nice to see “The Wolf Pack” be more inviting for others. Example: Directly after Mark .308 posted he was quickly put down.
    Just my opinion.

    • Warmongerel says:

      I don’t know, Bulldogbeau…I jumped right in a few months ago and everyone has been most helpful. It seems to me that the ones who rule the comments are the ones who comment a lot. Nothing odd about that.

      Maybe some people’s comments aren’t always answered, but if I see someone who keeps asking questions/commenting and is obviously trying to learn, I’m more likely to respond to them than I am to someone whom I’ve never seen before. Nothing odd about that, either.

      Jump in, ask questions, comment…everyone who is civil will be accepted from what I see.

      (Sorry, M.D. – I may have just created more work for you ;-)

    • Bulldog Beau,

      We are welcoming to new people–we are not welcoming of trolls (people who log on just to stir up trouble). Go back and read Mark .308’s comment–he was trying to start an argument over who’s blog is best. And M.D. has said he is not in competition with Rawls.

    • riverrider says:

      beau, sometimes we just don’t have anything to add to a good post, and not wanting to overburden m.d. with frivilous comments, we don’t do a lot of “atta-boys”. don’t feel slighted, you’re as much of the pack as anybody. sometimes we are too quick to flame over a perceived wrong, i wish we could all just take a few breaths before we comment, myself included. i let m.d. defend himself as he is quite capable of it all by himself. as far as ruling the blog, i think m.d. rules the roost, but yes, some of us in our zeal get excited when we have something to share. and some of us don’t get out much. please bear with us. you are wanted here. if you weren’t i’m sure somebody would be quick to let you know:) thanks for your service too.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      bulldogbeau,

      I don’t post as much as I did in the past because I have learned that most of the frequent posters have better writing skills than I, are much more sensitive to the feelings of others than I. They respond to posts in a kinder way than I, and almost always have more knowledge about a topic, than I.
      Many times I have written a reply to a posted comment, then erased it after reading other responses that are more eloquent than anything I might say.
      I am quite happy to let those with the skills to knit together friendships lead the way, as I lurk and learn.
      But watch out—I may blast away tomorrow with another rant that will be mostly ignored, and that’s OK. It’s a privilege to be able to do so.

  28. Tactical G-Ma says:

    bulldogbeau,
    Mark .308 was putting down MD. And to compare this blog to Rawles blog is like comparing apples and oranges. Anyone can jump in, just be respectful. I have made booboos and so have others. Sometimes toes are stepped on and sometimes people are offended. But there is no malice allowed. If someone comes out of nowhere and attacks someone especially MD it is a declaration of war.

  29. Warmongerel says:

    M.D., I predict that you are about to be inundated with things to post.

    Jim shows a lack of class that certainly doesn’t make me want to visit that site. To come here and troll like that is childish.

    I’ve only been seriously prepping for 4 or 5 months, and I used to surf other sites but, honestly, this is the only one that I come to now. I get the same info that I would elsewhere, but I like the people here. They just want to share their knowledge. I don’t see a lot of “windbags” here.

    Most of the other sites seem to have too many self-declared “experts” who seem to be just looking for an argument. I got sick of the AR vs. AK arguments after about an hour. None of that here.

    Thank you for what you do, M.D. You’re doing it right.

  30. Tactical G-Ma says:

    Mark .308,
    please accept my apologies. I confused you with this Jim guy. You did not attack MD. Just a crazy ole lady not paying close attention.

    bulldogbeau,
    Thank you for pointing out I unjustly attacked Mark .308. I misinterpreted what his remarks meant.

    Would the blog be better if I didn’t enter remarks? Maybe. It would be my loss and I really do not want to quit. This is not my first time to misread an entry. If MD and the Pack says go, then I go.

    • Tactical G-Ma,

      Don’t think you’re the only one that has ever made a mistake, because you’re not. I mess up something just about every day, sometimes hourly…

    • bulldogbeau says:

      Tactical G-ma,
      In no way would this blog be better with less posts from anybody. I definately didn’t think that for a moment. I thought that it was a misunderstanding. Yes this Jim cat is out of line we can all agree. Mark .308 was misunderstood.

      I appreciate the feedback from everybody and to see that there is a pride how M.D. runs this blog. The courtious attitude from most.

      I know that any one person as an ability/knowledge superior to others. I.e. if your a plumber… I don’t know crap about it. Anything somebody wanted to post about that would help those like moi. How to set up a campground sink I’ve seen around. Just a small example.

      What I felt I was seeing, and felt was happening were people not posting articles out of that fear of the responses. The wolf pack does great with pooling knowledge from a lot of the members. There definately needs to be more encouragement for the shy and weary to share.

      Very nice Tac Gma to acknowledge the misunderstanding.
      For the record, JIM was being the problem. MARK .308 was defending this blog and M.D.

      M.D. I don’t know if it’s been done. Can you create a thread “POWOW” where the pack can write about themselves (as much as one wants to reveal of course) where they are at prepping? Skill sets they have, this would help direct questions to the subject matter experts that are here. I have been on here posting at first for about 2 1/2 years. I don’t know very much about anybody (except Boss Creek) here.

      Thank you all for not being too rough on me for my thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

      Riverrider, thank you brother.

      Thank you all

    • village idiot says:

      Hahaha…you better stay, crazy lady! You’ve made my day many times, and this blog would be worse off for you no longer commenting. Many have left for various reasons, and that is their own business. But I really wish they would come back. I know they would be welcomed with open arms. Do you hear me Jarhead, chloe, conmaze, cos, NCR, MtnWoman, farmgal, Lynn, LakeLili, lint and so many others? Of course, you might still be here and posting under another name. If so, good, just so long as you’re back.

  31. If you are a real person, with real (not pie-in-the-sky) income and resources, then this is the blog to be on! MD states on one of his information pages on this blog, that if you are looking for a site that advocates fancy vehicles and over-the-top fortresses (like shopping in a Neiman Marcus catalog for preppers) then this is not the site for you. On the other hand, if you need practical solutions that come from the whole body of the members of this blog, on a practical budget (or less) and enjoy comeraderie and brotherhood with like-minded preppers who care about others, then this might be the place for you. Personally, I don’t think anyone who has contributed articles for this blog was only doing it with the intention of winning a prize. This blog site is a completely different thing from JWR’s. And as MD has stressed before, this blog is not in competition with anybody else’s blog.
    Furthermore, the fact that MD posts opposing viewpoints from his, as well as goofball criticisms says everything about MD and nothing about anybody else. I for one, who am not qualified to make a judgement really, feel that the numbers of participants to this blog speaks volumes about the quality of this site. It is obviously filling a need for a whole lots of folks.

  32. I probably should keep my mouth shut but… I read Mark .308 comment and don’t believe he was “taking a shot” at M.D. believe he was just saying the two had different styles. That being said, we are sometimes too quick to rush in and defend M.D. when he is perfectly capable of defending himself. I think he has a pretty thick hide or he wouldn’t be doing this Blog. I too believe M.D. is doing it right.

  33. Well, after reading the postings and comments on here now for quite some time, I find I am more often in agreement with the bulk of the posters and commenters than in disagreement. There are some with whom I disagree and I generally withhold posting a rebuttal for a day to see if I really care about doing so. More often than not, I just don’t bother and just shake my head about the apparent lack of mental agility of some people. In my profound conclusion I will state that this blog is for persons who really want to know and do not mind anyone knowing they shop at garage sales rather than the pretentious blogs who only shop at Neiman-Marcus and have their cards punched by the highly acclaimed survivalists. I believe that to have lived this long in view of the adversity in life I have faced, I am truly a survivor. Harold

  34. A couple of years ago, a very nice man named MD Creekmore sent me a couple of emails and mentioned my website here on the Survivalist Blog. To this day I will be grateful for the support he extended to me and the small boost he gave to new blogger. The “other” site mentioned in these comments has never once responded to an email and yet MD responds to every single one.

    I would also like to commend MD for the ongoing quality of the Survivalist Blog dot net – it is well deserved.

    Let me weigh in on the amount of work it takes to maintain a website such as this one (and my own, of course). It takes hours and hours. There are a lot of behind the scenes tasks such as comment moderation, subscriber issues, emails from readers, troll patrol, malware and hacker prevention plus writing, editing, proofing, finding or taking photographs, supporting the sponsors and advertisers, billing, and more. Speaking from experience, it can be exhausting and at the end of the day, you probably earn about $6.00 per hour. In my case, I also work and these days between my profession and the blog, I work 12 to 14 hour days, 7 days a week. MD writes books which is also a profession and that takes time and dedication as well.

    So what I am trying to say here is this: while MD’s site and my site have different styles and perhaps a different reader demographic, we both are providing original and unique content to our readers. I have never seen a rip-off article on this site and I know I never will. I hope you will take MD’s request seriously and submit an article so he can keep going.

    BTW, even with limited time, this is one of the few sites that I find the time to visit daily. I rarely post a comment, but I am here, learning just like you are.

    — Gaye

  35. georgeislearning says:

    DIY well drilling. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANS4awOxrI

    I live in Florida so this type of well drilling may work great for me. I would love to give this a try and then put a hand pump on top just another way to get water.

  36. I visit daily from here in UK for a breath of fresh air. Thank you for the hard work moderating. It works well with a good balance of allowing dissent.

    • What he said except I am in the mid-west

    • village idiot says:

      The UK? You reminded me of Jean, who used to post here from the UK and had an RV named Bertha. Thank you for that, and I am glad to see you posting here. You should send in a post with the British perspective on prepping, I know I would find that very interesting.

  37. PGCPrepper says:

    Well, I wasn’t hoping for only a few posts and we could all move on so MD would have some time off before the “what did you do to prep…” was posted tomorrow. I would have closed for comments myself if I were you, MD. LOL

    Appreciate all you do!

    PGC

  38. M.D.

    Many of us do like your blog in addition to others that we read since it does have useful information. Your personalized approach makes it interesting along with the your take on things that is less mall ninja oriented than others I come across. Your political balance measures close to mine so I feel comfortable with your comments in that sphere.

    I may try getting an RSS feed from your site so that even if you have to drop it down a gear or two I’ll just get updates when they come in.

    Meanwhile, I hope your books do well enough that you can see this as your hobby and your primary advertising medium for them.

    J Stuart

  39. MD, All,
    I heard this song for the first time last night. Made me think of MD, this site and the Wolfpack. I thought I’d share it as most of you will identify with it.. The singer is Corb Lund, from Alberta. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uASQgLwaIs

  40. Back Country Cook says:

    I am good at preserving food. I can and dehydrate. In fact, we butchered 4 young roosters today (6 mo ) because they were terrorizing our hens to death and were so rough with them. It is much calmer in the hen house tonight with just our old rooster and the girls. I am canning 3 qt jars of chicken as I write, and the one with be coq au vin tomorrow night, and the rest is barely squished into the freezer. I would have canned 3 up, but it was very difficult to cut them up and the breasts were too long for the jars and I just didn’t have sharp enough knives to cut through the bone. They are much more difficult to cut up than store bought, or home grown cornish cross that are only 6 weeks old. I was tired and had had enough.

    So my whole point of writing this was, what specifically do you want from a writer about preserving food? I don’t want to rehash previous information and wonder if you had something in mind.

    • Back Country Cook,

      Everyone brings a bit of a different perspective, and interesting ideas. Further, people are in different places in their prepping at different times, and there are so many articles on this site, that maybe rehashing is not as terrible as you might think.

  41. Tinfoil Hat says:

    I feel bad that I have not been around as much as I used to be (hopefully some folks still remember me), but I can truthfully say that if not for MD Creekmore and his site, I would not be off the east coast where I lived, I would not be nearly as knowledgable (not that I, by ANY means, am anything resembling smart), I would not have had the courage to homestead, and I would not have come across some of the greatest folks this country has produced. So, if no one minds, maybe ill submit an article about my recent move from the Burbs. And, for what its worth, Thank You MD, for running a site focused more on HELPING fools like me than becoming a millionaire.

    • Tinfoil Hat,

      I think that would be a really interesting post. I am a bit hesitant to pull that trigger.

    • Tinfoil Hat,
      I remember you and would like to hear about your gutsy move. Even though it is probably in your best interest, it still takes a big leap of faith in yourself to make the move. Congrats.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Tinfoil Hat,

      Please write the article. Although there is no way we could do what you did, I started to fantasize about doing what you did as soon as you posted about your goals to move.
      Picking a site (and paying for it), preparing it, leaving a good job and friends, preparing to move, pulling out of the driveway knowing you’re never going back are just some of my thoughts.

      How did it really go down?

      • Some time ago, right during the storm on the East Coast, I received in my email, a letter from a brief acquaintance of mine relating a situation like this. I forwarded it to MD explaining the person did not mind it being published as long as all references to identity were removed for reasons of security..So far, to the best of my knowledge, MD has not seen fit to post it. Were it my own composition, I would have immediately posted it but since it falls in the category of patting my own back, I can understand. It was quite interesting and hit the subject squarely and fairly.

        • Harold,

          Are you sure you sent it to me? I don’t remember it…

          • Yes I did, MD, you even griped at me for using the wrong email address which was the only one I had after a virus had cleaned out my contact list and I had to go to paypal to even get that one. It was a Word document included as an attachment If you don’t find it and want to post it, let me know where to send it.

  42. There are several people on this site, who have come from large families, living on shoestrings. I REALLY think many of us would benefit greatly from articles about what daily life was like, how your family got by, etc.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      Michele,

      Great idea. Teaching us how to live as they did would be a great help to those of us that see that circumstance in our future.

    • Michelle, I try my best to post on this subject from time to time as my long narrative on gathering bugs from the garden for the chickens,etc covered. I report on these things because I truly feel that this is actually how it will be when the event occurs. I have no doubt there will be considerable strife until the entitlement society is either exterminated or retrained to the facts of life. So I will give you a thumbs u on this posting since I feel this way. To me, instructions in care and cleaning an AR since I don’t possess one anyway are not nearly as valuable as how to grow food to fill a hungry belly. Harold

  43. village idiot says:

    Tinfoil Hat….I’m thinking….hmm….Hokie fan…now I’m beginning to remember! Dude, we would all love to hear about your move, and it’s good to hear from you. How’s Kentucky?