22 of My Favorite Blogs, Books and Products

I’ve had this post floating around in my head for the past several months, but never did anything with it. Other things, kept getting in the way or another post seemed more timely. However, if you just discover one great book, product, or resource from this list, then reading the article is invaluable to you.

Everything here is a genuine recommendation, meaning that I actually read all the blogs, have read all the books, and use all the products. I would love to make this a community discussion as well, so please feel free to share your favorite resources in the comments below.

6 Blogs

While these aren’t the only blogs and websites that I read, these are my favorites. No, I may not agree with everything that is said all the time, but each has something to offer. I’ve listed them below (in no particular order):


I don’t have to say much about Jim Rawles site SurvivalBlog.com, since I’m sure 99% of you know it anyway. He has some great guest posts, but I mainly visit for the links posted in the  “Economics and Investing” and “Odds ‘n Sods” sections.

Bison Survival Blog

James M Dakin has been blogging for years, and while he does have a tendency to run on about nothing from time to time, he writes about what he feels regardless of who it rips. If you’re easily offended then you would probably be better off skipping this blog, however if you like a good laugh with an occasional bit of survival advice thrown in you won’t be disappointed.

Living Freedom

Living freedom is a blog by Claire Wolfe that is published on the Backwoods Home Magazine website – for those of you who don’t know Claire is the author of several books including The Freedom Outlaw’s Handbook: 179 Things to Do ‘Til the Revolution, Don’t Shoot the Bastards (Yet): 101 More Ways to Salvage Freedom, I Am Not A Number!: Freeing America From the ID State and The Bad Attitude Guide to Good Citizenship.

Ask Jackie

This is another blog hosted on the Backwoods Home Magazine website – it is a great blog loaded that is loaded with hands on homesteading know how and advice. Jackie is an expert gardener, preserver and homesteader. Well worth the time to read her posts.

Say Uncle

This is one of the first blogs, I ever read and still read regularly. Expect five or more short posts per day, with some great links to other sites related to firearms. If you’re interested in any aspect of firearms, gun laws or self-defense, then you should definitely check this site out.

The self-sufficient Gardener

Authored by my blog friend Jason Akers, this blog features advice one gardening efficiently, responsibly and sustainably. If you remember, Jason did a video for  The Survivalist Blog entitled “How to Build A Quail Tractor” and a guest post “4 Unique Ways to Preserve Food“. The Self-Sufficient Gardener is another blog to keep an eye on.

13 Books

The Bible

Need I say more… I read at least one chapter everyday. This is the greatest survival book of all time.

The Encyclopedia of Country Living (by Carla Emery)

A wealth of information related to homesteading and survival – in this book you’ll find advice on gardening, preserving, saving seeds, maple sugaring, raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock, beekeeping, butchering and more. This was my go to book when I first moved off the grid.

The New Self-Sufficient Gardener (by John Seymour)

If you raise a garden then this book is a must – loaded with information on growing fruits, vegetables, composting, whole gardens, greenhouses, chicken coops, trellising, beekeeping, pruning, grafting. This is a must have book in the survival library and one that has a place in my bookshelf.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! (by Carleen Madigan)

Most of us don’t have 20 or more acres to grow food and raise livestock, instead we have to get it done on one or two acres and this book will help you do it. You can read my full review here. If you want to become more self-reliant on your small acreage then you need this book.

Where There Is No Doctor and Where There Is No Dentist (by Hesperian Foundation)

Both of these books are a must for the survival medical library, if you don’t have these get them now. Both are available for free download from Hesperian.org, so even if you’re broke (or just cheap) you have no excuse – I suggest you buy a paper copy or print and bind the pages in a notebook.

Survival Poaching (by Ragnar Benson)

According to my survival plan, harvesting wild game will be of utmost importance in supplementing my garden and food storage. Survival Poaching includes many detailed plans for traps, snares and deadfalls that can be used to procure deer, elk, bear, moose, beaver, mink, muskrat, trout, salmon, grouse, pheasant, duck and more. Also get a copy of Buckshot’s Complete Survival Trapping Guide and Into The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques to complete your survival trapping library.

How to Live on Wheat (by John Hill)

This is one of my favorite books on using wheat. It includes information on types of wheat, how to store, essence bread, pan bread, sprouting, sourdough, food combination, baking, bread making, gluten meat substitute, pasta, improvised bread making, dumplings, cast iron cookery, salads, biscuits, pancakes, hominy, corn bread, tempeh and more. You can read my full review here.

Barnyard in Your Backyard (by Gail Damerow)

Basic information to get you started raising chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, and cows. This book offers a great overview for each animal with a lot of ground covered, but I suggest you also get another books specific each animal you are raising.

Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving (by Altrista Consumer Products)

You can find this book at most supermarkets and hardware stores where canning jars and lids are sold. In my opinion, it’s the best how to do it (canning) book available, with a wealth of photos, charts and instructions. If you preserve your own food then you need this book.

Secrets of Self-Healing (by Dr. Maoshing Ni)

As you know, I’m not a big fan of prescription medications or western medical thinking, preferring instead a more natural solution if possible and this is the book, I turn to most often. Secrets of Self-Healing covers diet, exercise and natural remedies for more than sixty-five common ailments, such as sore throat, dandruff, headaches, high blood pressure, sunburn, insect bites, indigestion and more.

3 Products

Mora of Sweden Knives

At less than $20 each Mora Knives are hard to beat, I have one in my bug out bag, in my tool box, fishing tackle box, in my hunting pack and in the kitchen. They are light weight, sharp and well made. This is the knife carried by Cody Lundin on Duel Survival. Get several.

Wonder Junior Hand Grain Mill

I’ve used this mill for a couple of months now and I have been delighted with the performance thus far – a top of the line product. If you use whole grains in you survival food storage plan then you need a mill – for the price, the Wonder Junior is as good as it gets. Read my full review here.

Big Berkey Water Filter

In most cases acquiring a good at home water filter should be your first survival priority – my favorite is the Big Berkey System. It’ll purify raw water from lakes, streams and stagnant ponds etc. I use mine to filter all of my drinking and cooking water. Find out how to make a cheap homemade version here.

Now that I’ve shared the resources I use, I would love to hear about yours in the comments!

About M.D. Creekmore

M.D. Creekmore is the owner and editor of TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of four prepper related books and is regarded as one of the nations top survival and emergency preparedness experts. Read more about him here.


  1. I go to the following blogs,
    The Survivlist blog
    MD always has something good to be a part of especially my favorite “What did you do to prep this week”.

    The Survival blog,
    I like this blog. But sometimes his daily selection is not to my interest. I do like the “Odds and Sods” part.

    Granny Miller,
    I like her site it is newsy of her dealings with prep work and animals. She had a fantastic Canning article for meat just recently with ooodles of pictures. Everyone should read it even if you know how to can meat.

    He has a lot of useful information. Even if it doesn’t pretain to you specifically.

    Deals to Meals,
    Love this one especially when she goes shopping and puts out photo’s of her deals she purchased. I have not joined her club. But this is a good site for knowing you shouldn’t be embarresed by trying to save money on food and all.

    Books, well the Bible is a good favorite choice and will second the choice. The only other book is the Blue book of canning.
    I have indeed come up short here.
    My son and I recently was talking on the subject of prep books and all. We ended up talking about the “Little House” books, and the fact she had a lot of information in them about how they did things, but not as we need it today. And that is what my son said, when she wrote these books everyone probably knew how all of their putting up food and such was done. Wouldn’t it have been wonderful for them to have been more detailed and could be used today for prepping?

    There are a lot of good one’s out there. The choice’s I have made has been from the never ending financial aspect.
    But I can tell you my wish list,
    Wonder Mill Jr. (So far the only brand name that seems to be a best buy item).
    Some kind of portable solar system
    Those expensive cold steel knives.
    More ammo
    More hand operated kitchen plunder. (I think these are getting as expensive as the electric stuff)
    Ah! Shucks! As I said my wish list is longer than what I have. And brand name’s will have to be the least of the concern as to what I get.

  2. O course the blog I go to 1st is this one.
    Bison Survival Blog
    Time Bomb 2000

  3. Woops, guess I hit the wrong button
    The Tree Of Liberty
    Rocky Mountain Survival Institute
    Economic Collapse
    End Of The American Dream
    Zero Hedge
    Market Ticker Forum

    Books i could go on and on but here are a few favorites.
    Staying Healthy With Nutrition by Elson Haas

    The Forager’s harvest by Samuel Thayer

    Coountry Beans by Rita Birmingham

    The Complete Book of Fire by Buck Tilton

    Country Wisdom and Know how
    You need a magnifying glass to read this encyclopedia but lots of interesting info.

    The product that is my pride and joy is my Lee Ferguson hand made knife.
    I second the Big Berkey
    and # 1 on my wish list is that little Jotul stove that you can cook on.

    Love it when you do these lists M.D. My argumentative self needs a rest.

  4. Kit Carson says:

    Wow looks like this post was a dud M.D. because no one is commenting.

  5. blindshooter says:

    “The Bible”
    That number 1 choice is one of the main reasons I read here regular. I do read others that are agnostic at best but I will put faith at the top of my list of survival tools. In my case it’s already been tested and I firmly believe faith has already saved my life here and the hereafter.

    I do like to keep up with how our financial situation is doing and this guy seems to have a handle on that. http://americanenergycrisis.blogspot.com/

    Good post, I like to see what others think are the top places to get info.

  6. Hi M.D.

    Let me just say that I am extremely thankful for your blog. I have been reading the survivalist blog sites for almost a year now and I have enjoyed reading your site for the interesting articles but also for the wealth of feed back that your followers give. I know that I am not as nearly prepared as most of the followers on your site, but because of your site I am more prepared than most.

    The Survivalist Blog
    Survival Blog
    The Survival Mom

    The Self Sufficient Life and How to Live It.
    Wilderness First Aid
    Definatly Lacking in this area and I am looking to this forum for some helpful advice. Thank you again for all that you do.

  7. mountain lady says:

    Blogs: Survivalist Blog, Survival Blog, Granny Miller, Bison, Drudge (for headlines only), ZeroHedge, MarketWatch (while the market is open), UrbanSurvival. Since I no longer have TV, I have to try to find the news out there.

    Books: Dare to Prepare by Holly Deyo. Ball Blue Book, 3 different books on dehydrating and two books on Woodstove cooking and cooking from home storage. I have a ton of books and there are some really good ones, but, the above are my favs.

    Products. My favorite is that little Jotul stove that I can cook on, and, Judith, I hope you can get one, too. The 2,400 gal water tank is my lifesaver, with a generator and enough gas stored and stabilized to be able to keep filling it for about a year. I have a wish list, but, doubt that I will be buying much of anything in the near future.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Maybe someday MD will do a write-up on wish lists. We all have them, but few of us ever get everything on them.

  8. jwaller5 says:

    has anyone crafty figured out how to make a cheap version of the go berkey? I would like to see that along the lines of how M.D. did the big Berkey. I am new to this stuff.

    • thatAway says:


      MD had instruction on how to make your own Berkey
      filtering system out of food grade buckets.
      Dig around in his archives. I am sure it is their.

      I have seen one of the bigger on line stores might have been ( Emergency Essentials not sure).
      Some one is selling a knock of of the Berkey filter as a build your own kit with food grade buckets.
      You have to drill you own holes ect. Unless you are really good with a small saw or knife I do not rember how. MD made the holes. I would recommend buying one circular drill bit
      ( used to put in door locks ect.) You could get a cheap one you are just cutting plastic.

      You can get the drills any where that sell hardware. Home depo local hardware store are my shopping place. I try to support the small vendor when I can. For me it is only a little more and then I do not have to run into the city..Now that gas is so expensive the local hardware store is thriving.

      Very informative posting, good job MD and everyone with all the blog and suggestions…
      Do not have much else to contribute .
      I am sorta new at this also..

      Good luck with the filter
      Going thatAway

  9. Thanks for the mention my friend!

    You’re in my top 5 as well.


  10. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Off topic for a moment.
    First, is it possible to have date and time stamps posted to each comment? Second, I posted a comment several hours ago but haven’t seen it appear yet. If that original comment doesn’t appear soon, I’ll go ahead and re-post it.

    • Lint & MD,
      I’ve had the same thing happen and since I create most of my messages in a word processor (so the grammar Nazi can spell-check himself) I usually have the post available to re-post: however, on two different occasions, when I reposted the identical text, the reply was that the post was a duplicate, even though the original never appeared.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        I’m not sure what caused the problem – maybe me, maybe the fact that the phone line is screwed up due to the rain and my WiFi is through the phone company, or maybe I’m still reeling from the recent ruling in Indiana that allows cops to illegally enter a home and arrest the occupants if they resist. That is making me so blind with rage that maybe I can’t see straight.

        • sheri (IN) says:

          Lint, my online friend, you can’t even imagine how pissed I was when I heard it. There wasn’t any talk on it at all. It was just announced. I was floored. Lawsuits are flying. I pray it doesn’t stand. I guarantee other states will follow if it does…

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      MD, thanks for adding the date and time stamp. You often accommodate your reader’s requests and it’s greatly appreciated.

  11. gotta pass on the mora knives , stick with cold steel products myself .

  12. Omo Bob says:

    Thank you for this post, MD…about 60% of this was new for me. Don’t ever assume we already know anything. If it’s good information, there will always be some one new out here eager to learn, and grateful for the opportunity.
    I for one have been a little afraid of wheat as a storage item, simply because I haven’t used it from scratch. ( I blame Betty Crocker and Aunt Jemima, who spoiled us). Now with some info on the grinder and recipes, maybe I can give it a whirl. Thanks!

  13. I saw a few books I think I’ll get – great description of them, thanks! I’ll check out a few of these blogs too – some I had never heard of!

    • SrvivlSally says:

      You should get Jackie Clay’s stuff because it’s unique, interesting and down-to-earth.

  14. A couple of blogs I read daily are http://www.rural-revolution.com/ and http://paratusfamilia.blogspot.com/
    Both are written by homesteading survivalist families and are full of the day to day things that go on with farms, raising kids, homeschooling, livestock, canning, gardening, frugality and occasional rants about stupid laws and stupid people.

    Looks like you got enough hits from here on Backwoods home that the links are classified as ‘spam’ now. Oh well, I’ll try them again later.

  15. Just wanna say, “Thanks” to all that listed websites I am now checking out! Gosh, like I need to spend more time on the computer! lol This is one site I check regularly, tons of great information presented in a very respectful way. Other sites I check regularly are: preparednesspro, Deals to meals, Food storage made easy, hillbilly housewife and Peace of preparedness (tons of handouts on that one). I also check out israelnationalnews.com, Big Government, PJTV and Bare Naked Islam.

  16. Md great subject… I have to say that your site is my go to site first and I am really grateful for your posts and the wealth of info I get from you all who comment as well. I am also a fan of survivalblog.com, it’s how I found this one. Your books are right on too, I’ll add getting “Indian crafts and lore” by David R. Montgomery. lots of info on shelter, bow making, clothing and such by people that did this sort of thing since Moses walked the earth. There are other books on the subject as well, get one with templates and pictures to get a visual on what your end product should look like.

  17. The brainwashing wore off... says:

    Well M.D., I totally disagree with the poster who thought this topic was a dud. It’s relevant and very interesting IMHO, especially for those of us who like to keep books and references we can refer back to. Though relatively new to prepping, I love to read and learn.

    My favorite preparedness blogs /sites are:

    • Thesurvivalistblog.net – M.D. of course!
    http://www.grandpappy.info – “realistic self sufficiency by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.”
    • armageddonmedicine.net
    • suburbansurvivalblog.com
    • inflation.us – information on coming hyperinflation
    • backpackingchef.com
    • survivalmom.com
    • carryconcealed.net – this website is a great resource for CWP holders
    • gulagbound.com- the name says it all! Social commentary/news regarding erosion of our rights.
    • Federalobserver.com
    • Hotair.com, theblaze.com and drudgereport.com for news

    I also frequent various state university extension websites, for information on gardening and food storage. Clemson University. Utah State University, UGA, and the University of Florida are all good.

    My favorite prepping books:

    • Reader’s Digest Illustrated Guide to Gardening
    • Self Sufficiency by Abigail Gehring
    • “One Second After” and “Alas Babylon”- though fiction, both of these served to wake me up to the situations and problems we will possibly encounter in a SHTF scenario.

    I also rely heavily on my prepping binder, which contains the LDS Preparedness Manual, many of the articles from M.D.’s CD, and various articles/guides I have accumulated from various websites.

  18. MD,
    This is a great topic. Not only did you list some blogs and books I wasn’t aware of, the community is giving back a large list of new things and places to play with.
    My daily blogs are of cause this one, Rawles, Skirko’s podcast (http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com), and The self-sufficient Gardener, plus weekly peeks at The Prepared Family (http://paratusfamilia.blogspot.com), Rural Revolution (http://www.rural-revolution.com), Off the Grid News (http://www.offthegridnews.com) and it’s podcast (http://www.offthegridnews.com/category/radio), and several firearm blogs and podcasts.
    One book I haven’t seen mentioned that I’ve used for canning for than 35 years (I’m on my third copy) is “Putting Food By” by Greene, Hertzberg, and Vaughan. I’m working on my book list and will post it on my site (not a blog) in the near future.
    On the tools font most of my best knives are no longer made. Condor and Camillus were both makes of excellent, useful, and ergonomic knives. When I was able to buy some from an old dealers stock, I pushed enough to hopefully last me a lifetime and probably pass on to my kids. Other than that, my recommendation is to buy high quality tools that ergonomically fit your needs. I also have some cheap tools from places like Harbor Freight that are good enough for many jobs in the field or one of the outbuildings, but more impotently, are cheap enough to not worry about loss or rust.

  19. I second all of MD’s list!
    In addition: blogs: mausersandmuffins, rural-revolution, patatusfamilia, frontierfreedom and armageddonmedicine.

    Books I highly recommend (after MD’s list) “The Way of Herbs” by Michael Tierra

    Products: HIGHLY recommend http://www.grainmaker.com
    WELL MADE in MT usa. A workhorse and work of art. Worth the money.

    Knives: Have to go with Sharp Knives no pun intended! from Sharp Saddles. Wear one daily, not dressed without it.

  20. gary in bama says:

    m.d. best post in a while .I know rehash is a problem in a blog like this but this list has something for everyone.a shout out to everyone Big bear is posting daily again his new blog is bear ridge trading post [http://www.bearridgetradingpost.com/]go have a look.I like the guest posts but still nice to see your writing .i only saw one book left out of your list that i think is a must read ok its 5 FOXFIRE 1 -5

    • MD’s site is my #1 site several times daily. Don’t always have time to look at others during the day.

      On the Foxfire Series, they are some good books, also. I ordered mine from http://poormansurvival.com/default.aspx for Volumes 1-6 and at $4.95, the price is good. For other books you may be interested in, http://www.4shared.com has a lot there that you can download to your computer that are free. There are several other articles/information that you can download from this site.

  21. SrvivlSally says:

    Just love Jackie Clay and I have her anthologies, I believe that is what she called them. She is one heck of a gal with all that she knows and does. Used to love visiting the Bison as well. His site was introduced to me through a friend prior to a point in time when he was having to use a friend’s computer to do his work. I have been to over half of the sites and have purchased and read most of the books that you have listed and you could not have recommened anything better to learn from. It sure takes me back in time, M.D. 🙂

  22. M.D. your number one book choice is right on! I appreciate this post. I liked the descriptions and learned a thing or two. Your blog is always one of the first I read.

  23. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Favorite Blogs: (besides this one)
    Survival Blog by James Wesley, Rawles – provides links to obscure news articles.
    Living Freedom by Claire Wolf – so honest it’s scary
    Paratus Familia by Enola Gay – an interesting look at a family living off-grid, plus real-world gear reviews.

    Favorite Books:
    The Bible – the best preparedness book every written!
    Sunset Magazine’s Home Repair Series – how to repair just about anything pertaining to the home.
    Boy’s Book of Outdoor Skills – somewhat outdated, but very much like the Boy Scout Handbook.
    Red Cross First Aid Handbook – basic first aid instructions with diagrams, small enough to fit in a first aid kit.
    Traplines & Trails – how to set traps, which lures to use, and a fascinating look at trapping during the 1940’s.
    NRA Fact Book – specs about most firearms made in the 20th century.
    Dutch Oven Cooking – everything about Dutch Ovens and lots of simple recipes.
    Cooking for Dummies – self-explanatory.
    Our Nation’s Archives – the history of the United States through documents.
    Animal Tracking – how to identify animals based on their tracks and how to find them by following their tracks.
    California Native Plants – how to identify plants and which ones are edible.
    Native Uses of California Plants – plants the Indians used.

    Favorite Products:
    Incandescant Lightbulbs, Sylvania brand – cheap and no hazmat to clean up.
    Paracord, 7-strand – so many uses it’s not even funny.
    Cast Iron Pots & Pans, Griswold brand – good in the kitchen and good at the campfire, quality products that were made in the USA and are now collectibles.
    Case pocket knives – quality products made in the USA
    Buck fixed blade knives – quality products made in the USA
    CRKT – quality “survival” knives made in the USA
    Lifegear Glow Sticks – quality glow sticks made in the USA
    Maglite – quality flashlights made in the USA
    Thorlos Socks – quality socks made in the USA
    Winchester Firearms – quality firearms that were made in the USA prior to 1964 and are now collectibles.

    Yes, there’s a theme to my favorite products. I buy American whenever possible. I am rarely disappointed.

    • Better stock up on your fav lightbulbs lintpicker! The govt is about to make your choice for you. And that bulb will cost you about $50.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      I’m adding another blog to my favorites:

      Wood Ridge by LynnS. Such a beautiful blog (I like photos)! The gardens are amazing. And of course I like your politics, too. 🙂

    • thatAway says:

      Hello L. Picker

      We have not spoke but I seem to agree with you a lot. I am sorta new to blogs especially. So hello.
      It is a crying shame that part of Americas History has to be made over there.
      Winchester, Marlins not sure about some of the other Brands.
      But most are headed for the same fate as Winchester.

      The newer Henry are being all made in the U.S.A. For now, I remarked on this before, the Mossberg is 100% U.S.A. .My old Mossberg shotguns are not pretty but really reliable and within my budget many years ago I am very happy with them still. I snatched up the new 464 lever action 30 30 buy Mossberg. I like it, so far shoots, well. Time will tell about if it is as durable there shotguns.
      And Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This 464 is a keeper for me already, was 100 of price and feel good when I shoot it.
      Man I really like Marlins leaver actions also. But the price was not in my budget right now. Same with the newer Winchesters. I believe ya get what you pay for and never had problems with Mossberg shotguns.

      But is a Shame American Historical guns (And other Historical items) are all being made over seas. Or on there way there. (I am glad to see old Glory is starting to be made here again!!)
      And this one heck of a good blog and lots of good people here.
      Also cem. trails and lots of that stuff. It is out of our control now anyways.

      Just a note OHIO’s governor announced today he has got so many complaints because the driver licenses in Ohio are pink in color??? who the heck cares..
      He should be worried and listening to other complaint beside that!
      I blows my mind!!

      I am Going

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        Howdy thatAway, nice to meet you. I own a Mossberg .410 pump. Sweet little gun, great for quail hunting, but the barrel is a little too long for brush hunting. ..can’t swing it around fast enough. Anyhow, there are still some things made in the USA and I hope Americans will make an effort to purchase those products. Glad to know you are.

  24. OFF TOPIC:
    The ACLU is tramping on religious symbols (and rights) again.
    A school in New Jersey has a cross on their Auditorium where they hold graduations. 2 students complained. So now there is a hassle over it.
    Thomas Jefferson wrote that statement in a letter “separation of church and state”. It is not in the constitution.
    I find that 99 % of the ACLU action’s are not for the gain of anything but perverse, warped, ideology on their part. They are not out for the good of the people’s. They are out to show boat their power and make the masses subjegated to their blind, and deaf stupidity.
    So to the ACLU I say this:
    That cross on that building cannot hurt you. It cannot persuade you. It is inanimate.
    But in the END it can and will fall on you.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Ellen, I completely understand your frustration and aggravation. People need to stop worrying about iodized salt and chemtrails and see the really dangerous things in this country. We’re sinking fast, but the band plays on.

      • I just want to tell the people that complain about Christian symbols, that their day is coming and the ACLU to kiss my grits.

  25. I read This blog every morning along with Modernsurvivalonline.com and ifithitsthefan.com. I have learned allot from reading the post on M.D.’s blog. There are so many blogs out there but few really have much in the way of good advise and proven methods. I try to listen to Jason Akers podcast when ever I have the time, he is one of the most informed people I have ever listened to when it comes to gardening and farming.

    • Thanks BVDD! You put me in some mighty fine company!

      As for me, I read the following on a regular basis:

      and I listen to The Survival Podcast daily

  26. AZ rookie prepper says:

    Great post M.D. Always good to be reminded of what is available out there for resources. I read a few of the same blogs you and other readers here do, so wont rehash those. For books, obviously the bible comes first. The only other ones I would put on that list are the (old) Boy Scout Manual and Gardening When It Counts. For items, boy, that list could get long…but do like what Lint Picker suggested on paracord, Buck knives, Maglites, and Winchester firearms. I too am a “buy American” fan. A good fire-safe is something I’ve never seen mentioned before; if you’re preparing for a disaster, then what worse disaster could there be than to arrive home only to find smoldering embers and all your valuable papers crisped to ashes?

  27. Blogs: This one and APN, Living on a Dime, Frugal Hacks and Hillbilly Housewife.
    Books: Rawles’ two plus Backwoods Home Magazine, Survivalist Magazine, Country Living Encyclopedia, Emergency Food Storage and Preparation, Cooking Using Food Storage, as well as various articles and publications I can pick up. Mother Earth News Bookazines.

    Equipment: Berkey and manual grain mill, although I want a larger one.

  28. Lake Lili says:

    Blog-wise, in addition to this excellent one, I also daily read:
    Canadian Doomer
    The Retreat

    At least weekly, I check out about a dozen others.

    For news, I balance CBC with BBC and CNN. Oddly, I find news reported on BBC often appears a day or two before it appears as “breaking news” on CNN and MSNBC.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      IMO, CNN & MSNBC are cesspools.

      • Lake Lili says:

        No particular arguement, however, when you do not live in the US they are amongst the most readily accessible sources of information about what is going on across the US. Both provide a wide snapshot of daily events (floods, tornados, political scandals…) with reasonable accuracy, which as a Canadian is all I am looking for. It has been my experience that more imprtant issues occuring in the US will be discussed, on blogs such as this one, by people who are often far better informed.

  29. A blog I look at daily is http://www.shtfplan.com/

    They weave current events, links to mini-documentaries and advice into the site. Usually 1-3 new posts each day.

    But be warned, the posters can be rude at times. I mainly like it for the information.

  30. Thanks for the heads up for Mr. Dakin. I just ordered his book Frugal Survivalism. After reading the reviews I thought I could get some useful information.

  31. I really appreciate this information as there are many good sites I have been missing. I have to say of all of them, though, yours is the first one I read. You do a great job M. D. Thanks so much!
    I am glad you mentioned the Bible. I read it every morning and if we the know the author it is the best survival information we have!
    I also like the “Off the Grid News” http://www.offthegridnews.com/
    They have great information and a lot of the times it is connected with new survival items they are selling. They recently had “Canning 201: The Pressure Canner and Canning 202: Low-Acid Vegetables

    Thanks again, M.D. and God bless!

  32. Meyberry at his original “blogger” location is kind enough to keep up and running his list of updated sites. As long as that list is it still does not catch all of them.


    Of the more general sites that post daily: Bison, and SHTF blog (both at the above link) are good.

    I of course have my own ramblings, but they tend toward more global discussions: like which scenerios and/or permuatations are occuring and why. I intentionally don’t give “how to” advise.

  33. Kevin James says:
  34. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    I imagine you’ll be tinder some day, too.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Josh, I should have explained better. What I meant was that burning the Bible and the Torah won’t get you into hot water (so to speak). But buring the Koran could get your head on a pike or your body burned and hanging from a bridge. That’s what the radical muslims do to non-believers. So, might be best not to burn it in front of them.

      • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

        I understand your point, but I vehemently disagree with it in regard to the Bible. You are certainly free to have your opinion – and so am I.

  35. Christine says:

    A very useful book and one of my favorites is “Possum Living” by Dolly Freed.

  36. Great blog post M.D.! This is my favorite blog. I start here daily and drift off into cyber space from here… Check out the CDC’s new post on zombie invasion preparedness. I don’t have the link… Just search CDC zombie… They are trying to tell us something…

  37. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Off topic, but seems to me this is why I prep. Our government has absolutely gone crazy. I wonder if the SS will come after me someday for speaking out against the prez.


    I prep for several different scenarios, but the one that seems most likely is a government turned thugerment. It’s getting worse by the day.

  38. Great post! I love checking out new blogs, equipment list was great. I have the wonder mill jr but haven’t given it a whirl yet. A Big Berkey is on my list to buy soon. Always looking for book recommendations, I’m a compulsive reader my. You made my day, thank you.

  39. sheri (IN) says:

    Great compilation of information. There are so many books and sites I haven’t seen ( I’ve said it before…this is the only survival site I visit ). I guess I feel I get what I need here and if there is something out there worth reading or visiting, MD will tell us about it. Just my personal preference. I do visit some of the financial blogs listed here. I hate having to determine if I’m reading something from someone who knows what they are talking about or from someone who thinks they know what they are talking about. I don’t worry about that here.

  40. Barbara says:

    I agree with Sheri. I trust this site to give me honest useful information and everyone is so helpful when I have asked a question. The few times that I ventured to other sites on my own, I made the mistake of believing the information was true and then finding out otherwise. Thanks MD and all those who comment here.

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