Are There Too Many Survival Blogs?

Okay, I’ll admit it – I don’t read or subscribe to many survival blogs. I read several homesteading and gardening blogs but check only a few survival type blogs each week. It’s not that I don’t think other survival blogs have nothing to offer, just that I don’t have time to read 1,000 blogs each day.:sweat:

Which brings us to my question – do you think there are too many survival blogs?

How many survival blogs are there, I have no idea, but one thing is certain, there’s a lot. Just last week, I received six requests from new survival bloggers asking me to add their site to my links page.

Sometimes, it seems like there are as many survival blogs as there are survival blog readers, but are there too many?  Does having so many survival blogs (some with questionable content) help or hurt the survival / prepper movement??:-)

Let us know what you think by voting in the poll below…

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Please elaborate on your choice in the comments…

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Comments

  1. Survival Sam says:

    Good question. I think there are more survival type blogs than we need. My biggest question is how can there be so many survival experts that are qualified to give such advice. Apparently there are 1,000’s of such people and they all seem to have a blog.

    Most give piss poor advice or copy from others and give everyone in the community a bad name. Most new survival blogs only stay around a few weeks giving up when then don’t make a bucket of money.

    • Sam if they are in it for the money they will be sadly surprised when they find that there is little or no money in the picture. I personally blog because I feel the need to try and help educate others with the knowledge I have or refer them to others with more experience in a particular area than myself. No one will have all the answers, they just have to realize where their knowledge ends and speculation begins. I think that there are a lot of them because there is a vast amount of knowledge out there that we need to learn from each other and there are many different points of view.

  2. M.D. good question and I have to agree with Sam we have more than enough. Why would we need thousands of such blogs by a bunch of people who have no idea what they are talking about.

  3. Thales says:

    Nope, a blog is simply an online journal. None of us have any right to decide whether there are too many, its the internet. Furthermore you aren’t required to follow advice given so arguing about the dangers of misinformation is stupid. You aren’t obligated to follow the advice of anyone as a fair share or everything you read on the internet is erroneous.

    • Thales,

      I think blogs have moved past the online journal especially when we teach and offer advice to others. And no we “aren’t required to follow advice given” but how is someone that’s just starting out with limited knowledge to know what is misinformation or solid advice?

      • But M.D. that is not what you are arguing.

        You are implying that there are blogs that do not give good advice. Therefore, there should be less blogs.

        But you could simply argue we need more good blogs.

        As for hands-on-advice blogs, there are only a few that post regularly and go into much depth. Hands on blogging takes a lot of time (like trying to do a book review only blog) because it often involves taking the time to try out the stuff yourself. Thus most that do it, seem to wind up with a lot of guest blogs, or blank dates,

        Given the size of our planet (I don’t know about you, but even with my small numbers, I get a surprising amount of overseas readership) we clearly do not have enough variety, and thus by implication, not enough blogs.

        If you are worried about the number of blogs taking away your traffic, you shouldn’t be. Look at financial blogs, there are many many more of them, but the front runners have enormous numbers. One reason, is that front runners who maintain their quality are linked to by the other blogs, and thus the smaller blogs act as feeders to the already dominant blog. If you look at the big economic blogs, most of them link to many many other blogs, and often do so very prominently. They are not just doing it to be nice. Would you rather have 50 blogs, none of whom link to you, or 100 blogs, all of whom link to you?

        The key is maintaining quality. And as I am sure you are aware, that can be hard to do consistently.

      • M.D. I agree with you. If they are a beginning prepper and they get incorrect information their who idea of prepping is skewed. Making sure you check your facts and follow up with any questions is very important. You are doing no one a service if you are not sure what you are talking about. I don’t think that some of the bloggers verify their information before they post. Know what you are talking about or stop blogging all together.

        • gartersnk says:

          A beginning prepper or beginning anything makes a fatal mistake IMHO if you don’t do alot of research about any new subject. The internet is wonderful but also full of bs, verify info from numerous known sources before assuming anyone knows what they are talking about. In days gone by if you wrote a book and expected it to be published, it required references etc and had to pass some sort of mustard by the publisher. Anyone can post to the net with absolutely no reference whatsoever – so as always buyer beware. We are all responsible for ourselves – blind faith in anything or anyone is stupid I believe. My 2 cents

      • Plant Lady says:

        The goal of most of us here is self-sufficiency. To be self sufficient is to take responsibility for yourself in all ways. In this regard, when you find an idea that seems to have merit on one of these blogs, it means you are responsible for doing your own further research on the topic to discover its usefulness to you rather than blindly following some strangers’ advice.
        Saying there are too many blogs is like saying there are too many books available! Yes, some are more “correct” or useful than others…but it is up to you to winnow the chaff from the wheat in light of your own personal circumstances. Even a really “bad” blog or book may contain one (or more) great idea(s) that may be critically important to someone.
        Protecting people from themselves (for instance the beginning preppers) is a really bad idea – and the bane of our current society. Everyone needs to learn how to learn for themselves what works for them and not expect others to do the necessary research or thinking for them. Yes, it takes effort and time – but doesn’t everything worthwhile take effort and time?

      • Thales says:

        How would limiting the amount of weblogs on the internet decrease misinformation? I don’t know of any certifying organization that differentiates legitimate survival information from the illegitimate.

        It falls on the reader to take what they read and do enough research and digging to discover whether or not they’re getting bad advice. It’s just like anything else in life in that it requires due diligence, survival blogs are no different.

        The argument could be made that you were once in a position where you were a new source of survival information, providing advice that was questionable, unknown. You provided people with free information and they could choose to accept it or not accept it. Everyone deserves the freedom to write a weblog on survivalism, or scrap booking, or rock-climbing. It falls on me to be responsible enough to do real research before I try anything.

    • One problem I see with giving advice when you’ve really not tested it yourself, is that it’s quite probably erronious. And when people follow piss poor advice from a survival ‘expert’, they can very easily end up dead. It isn’t that people are required to follow the advice, but the problem is, it may be the only advice they’ve gleaned. So, to have a plethora (‘yes, Jeffe, I know what a plethora is… what is a plethora, Jeffe?’) of blogs is, in many ways beneficial.
      However- and please be aware of this: neither I nor anyone else I know has declared themselves survival ‘experts’, rather, just ‘survivalists’. Some of us do have experience in many areas- usually just from living long and wild (oft times considered ‘carefree’) and have learned a few things, thought through many situations. Hmm… maybe that does make them experts. Oh, well- back to the drawing board.
      Shy III

      • Luddite Jean says:

        Ending up dead is a very real possibility – I emailed one blog which had an article on foraging, where they were listing Yew berries as edible – which they are, but only if you remove the seeds, which are deadly. Nothing was mentioned about this. The blog owner only tried to tell me I was wrong – I was tempted to challenge him to eat a handful, but I emailed him lots of links proving my point, and he eventually removed the reference to Yew.

        • Luddite Jean

          I could not agree with you more, I did a article on Coltfoot Cough Syrup and while I feel comfortable using it for a limited time and in small amounts, I went out of my way to say that there were risks, including links to both sides of the issue, and told everyone to do their own research on the subject.

          So many things can be used IF you understand how to prepare them, or that only certain parts of the plants can be used, I often worry when I watch someone noticing when I am harvesting something that has both good and bad parts, because if they are just following along, they can get quite sick or worse for doing so.

  4. The Other Ellen says:

    There are probably too many now, but one way to guess which are the lasting ones is to go way back to the beginning and read forward a bit… I try to do that with every new blog I visit, survival oriented or not. Tells you something about the author, you know?

  5. GA Mom says:

    I don’t think there can ever be enough information out there. The beauty of the internet is that information on EVERYTHING is at your fingertips.

    Each site has it’s own flavor so eventually you gravitate to the 2 or 3 that you enjoy reading each day or week.

    I’m glad that so many people want to host these sites and that we all have choices.

  6. Tex HC says:

    I think there are a lot of online survival blogs but at the same time there are a lot of different situations and different areas to survive in. An expert in the Louisiana swamp dose not have any place writing about the Pacific North West. The same goes for Alaska and New Mexico for that matter. I believe that it is up to the people to determine what is valuable information for their situation.

  7. blindshooter says:

    I didn’t vote. Don’t know if we need more but I’m not against someone starting another either. If they are good writers and come up with good materiel they might make it. The not so good ones will die on their own. I read about three most days and sometimes check out a new one if they are interesting. The internet is brimming with information, a lot of it’s crap so you need good “filters” to catch the good stuff and let the chaff blow away.

    Your site is the best if you are looking for solid information and product reviews for what I consider the average person. A big part of my interest here are the comments, you have a very diverse group of readers and you allow them/us to say what we think.

  8. Omo Bob says:

    I voted ” No, there aren’t too many” mostly because I have no clue how many are out there.

    I’ve looked at a few others, but if the content seems too far different from my own inclinations, I don’t return. I like this one, because I have been gaining a lot of knowledge here without too much ideology getting in the way.

    And I’m getting enough personality by reading the comments from your regulars that I’m starting to feel like I know some of you guys…and I think I might actually like a few of you if we were ever to meet.

    • Vienna says:

      I agree with Omo Bob. I’ve checked out numerous sites and if their information is inaccurate (I check out anything that seems questionable with other sources) or I don’t like the “tone/presentation” I don’t return to the site. I have about 6 I check out regularly. Three are “survival” the others homestead or preparedness, they’re all pretty similar. Plus on this site people aren’t rude & don’t argue horribly. Disagreement is fine, offering facts is great, more then one way of doing things is acceptable and this site is led well and people civil. That’s why I’ve returned time and again and referred this site to others– it’s a wealth of solid information and friendly.

  9. Lightnin' says:

    There are plenty, certainly, but too few with a sense of humor. Too many of you take yourselves entirely too seriously. I’m tired of macho posturing and semiliteracy. I’ve grown more selective and have gravitated more toward the blogwomen: Roberta X, Tam, Breda, Home on the range girl. Neanderpundit and Remus are sometimes a hoot and sometimes a great rant. I think I’d have fun hanging out with all of them. You, too, Creekmore.

  10. With a vested interest, I’d say no. I’m amazed at how starved folks are for information. I think the sincere and the quality will remain. The wanna bes and folks just looking for a quick score won’t stick around long enough to build an audience. There’s only a few “big names” but there’s plenty of room for us little guys.

  11. ZombieVader says:

    We need more, regardless of how asinine some might be. This movement of self self-sufficiency needs to be encouraged so that our voice can not be silenced or suppressed as a fringe group. Thought of as radical or worst of all , ignored until its too late.

  12. Trashcollector says:

    I view every blog site or forum that I visit as a conversation. I take most advice with a grain of salt until I get first hand experience, unless the person has proven him/her self reliable over time. Everyone has their own view and opinions. I may not agree 100% with someone else, but I can learn from them or ignore them as I choose.

  13. I think there are to many bad ones someone searching for information will come across one of these and know that the writer if full of crap or a crank and automatically judge everyone else in that way. probably giving up the idea of prepping altogether because they don’t want to be associated with “those people”.

  14. Ranger Rick says:

    I just did a google search for “survival blog” and it returned 21,400,000 results!

    • Kit Carson says:

      Ranger Rick

      Wow that’s a lot of survival experts!

    • templar knight says:

      I just hope all those people are prepping, and not just talking about it. As for too many survival blogs, whose to say how many is too many. Certainly not me.

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      Ranger Rick, that figure probably includes each and every post, not just individual blogs.

      • I can almost assure you that it lists all posts, but also all references. If the NY Times does a hit piece on survivalists and references this blog, or Rawles, or others, Google will return it in the list. Any blog that has links to other blogs will also add to the list. Back about 15 years ago there was a lot of hype about information on making explosives on the internet. S simple search returned hundreds of thousands of hits, most of which were links to articles discussing all of the information on explosives on the internet.
        As for too many, I look at blogs as the field of ideas. If you have good ideas and information that are well presented, you will prosper, and if you do not, you will fail. In any case, all of the information you see or read should only be a starting point, whether it comes from Rawles, MD, or any post on this site, me included. This is information that gives you a place to start to do your own research. I’ve been doing this a long time, and have my own opinions on things, but probably my own biases. Contrary to popular belief, the internet contains no knowledge, just tons of information, which when digested and thought through by you, the individual, becomes your knowledge. If you believe everything you read anywhere, then you are naïve and are in for some hard times, PLUS I have a bridge I’d like to sell you – LOL

    • I did the same thing- and MD is number four on the list, so he’s in the running for top spot.
      But, dang, yah- there’s a couple o’tons of them ‘out there’!
      Shy III

  15. riverrider says:

    i voted yes, too many, but before i read the comments and have to admit i didn’t see it from all sides. i voted too many because many i have run across are copycats or just plain incorrect info. that being said, thank goodness for sites like creekmore’s to provide good info to us out here in zombieland!! like tv, if you don’t like it, turn the channel.

  16. MENTALMATT says:

    I did’nt vote I agree with M.D. and yet I agree with others. It’s intresting to say the least. M.D. I got the c.d. and have enjoyed it alot. I can say that for the money it was well worth it. I have stated before I, cut my teeth on Survival Blog, but yours is neck and neck and I love this forum, I’ve gotten some damn good info here. I would buy your next c.d. anytime.

    • MENTALMATT

      Glad you liked the CD – my next contribution to survival community will be a how to instructional DVD staring, you guessed it me. Should be ready by July…

  17. The trick to that question is not the amount of blogs but the content of said blogs.

  18. I could use a couple more really good blogs that regularly do thorough equipment reviews on current equipment (not stuff that’s 5 years old and no longer made) before they recommend a product. I caught 3 different sites in the past few weeks recommending or highly recommending equipment simply by looking at it (not field testing it in any way). If I think they’ll take it in a positive way, I encourage them to step up, field test their toys and provide feedback to the rest of us. By the way, M.D. does a great job testing stuff but he’s only one guy and can’t test or can’t afford to test everything.

    • RW- the biggest problem with that idea is the site/blogger who does the testing is going to be out TONS of cash. So, as MD is doing and as Rawles has been doing, is invite readers to evaluate and report on products. And, quite frankly, that is probably the best way to do such evals. The person testing will have no ‘vested’ interest in the product.
      Using the age/5 years theory- if I told you the best canoe you can get is a 17 foot double end standard weight Grumman, what would you do? Grumman no longer makes them, and there isn’t another aluminum canoe built any where near as good. Nor any glass canoes (kevlar included- and I own oneof each). You could find it used, of course- which may be the only way to find some very good, high quality products. And the cost will be far below what you’d pay new, I’d bet.
      Another example- the Phoebus 527 gas camp stove. If you’re ever at a flea market/yard sale and see one, grab it up. Absolutely the best camp stove you’ll ever find. Second is the SVEA 123. Both models no longer made, but made for mountain travel, and top quality.
      Ditto something like a Winchester 30-30, pre-64.
      (I hope I’m being clear, don’t wanna confuse anyone.)
      Anyway, RW- find something you’d like to test, send MD an article and evaluation- but don’t test it in your living room. Head for the hills and put it to a real test in the rain and snow and wind and… follow my idea?
      Shy III

    • Oh, forgot to ask- what kind of equipment do you want tested?
      Shy III

  19. The Prepper says:

    MD — which gardening and homesteading blogs do you subscribe to?

  20. DaveNV/AZ says:

    I’m with RW. I read as many blogs that I can and decide whether to go back to them or not. The more info out there the better. Pick the ones ya like. The ones that dont give good info will fall off the side of the road.

  21. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    No, not too many. The good ones will survive (pun intended) and the bad ones will die off. That’s how things are supposed to work in the real world.

    Just today I was reading the current issue of “The Firing Line,” which is the monthly magazine published by the California Rifle & Pistol Association. There was a brief article in it about preparing and survival. That was the first article of its type that I’ve seen in any gunowners’ magazine. Survival and prepping are going mainstream and as they do, more people will get onboard. As more people get onboard, more blogs will appear. As more blogs appear, people will be able to pick and choose and that’s the great thing about the internet – selection and variety.

    Competition is good, it weeds out the weak and improves the strong. I learn something from each blog I’ve read, even if it’s only which blogger is blowing smoke and which one is genuine.

  22. I think that they probably have too many but I do like to look over maybe 1/2 dozen of my favorites just to keep my mind clicking,plus for variety of situations.Have to keep your mind in the game & Outside of my area’s needs(Southern swampland) I’m weak on ideas.Buy the way your site is one of my regular stops.Keep up the good work

  23. I think Ellen has the right attitude: it’s the content, not the number.
    I can’t vote pro or con for the question, either. It isn’t that there are too many- can anyone ever have too much information? But it is a matter of content. Too, there is the varried principles within the content.
    Someone may be prepping with a Christian attitude, looking to serve others and not ever in any way, shape, or form intend to use or have any weapons. So someone who has my attitude toward guns sure won’t fit them. (But going to a Mormon – I imagine they preclude weapons, have no idea and don’t care- site may fit them perfectly.)
    Or someone may be prepping for a catclysmic end to all we know, and lo and behold, there’s an ‘app’ for that at ‘this’ site. But my little site may not be any where near close to what they percieve.
    Following me?
    Not to push my site, but if you check ‘about me’, it says right there: I’m a survivor, nothing about prepping, though I’ve been prepping since 1973. I do not consider myself a prepper. Still, after living the lifestyle and doing what I’ve learned over the decades, I feel a little ‘qualified’ (bad bad word) to share some of what I’ve learned.
    From my perspective.
    And this is what I think MD does, as well. As do the other prepper sites.
    One thing we need do is learn to not throw the baby out with the bath water, and to learn to separate wheat from chaff. Or wood ash from our coffee.
    Besides- if there were only two sites, how much fun would it be arguing over who has it right? The more the merrier! :-D
    Shy III

    • @Shy III,
      Just FYI, I know a lot of Mormons who shoot, and probably as many who don’t, although I don’t think in general they have a prohibition against firearms ownership and use. Other than their specific religious practices, all of those I know lead pretty normal, work a day lives like any of us.

      • Right on, OP- there were a lot of Mormons in the Army with me, good shooters and fighters- loved the fighting, in fact. Some of my family have joined the local LDS and when it comes to guns for hunting, they’re all for it. Just not shooting people-but that may just be my family member’s thinking.
        Shy III

  24. I think that the blog pool is getting quite diluted. There are too many with questionable content that really has not much in the way of survival information. So many have a political bias. I think that if you are going to write a blog about survival/preparedness that there should be little to no bias in a specific direction and contain nothing about political misgivings.

  25. mountain lady says:

    I personally only read about 4 sites a day, a few once a week, this site multiple checks during the day to read the posts. This is by far my favorite, but do find some info on the others, but not consistantly. I did vote too many, buy maybe just because I don’t have time to check them out. If I read all day, I will not get much prepping done.

  26. The diversity of views presented here are an indication of the reason for the myriad of survival blogs. I enjoy hearing different ideas since we have such ecologically different areas in our country. Alaska’s tundra requires very different preping than the desert of Arizona. The mountains of Colorado are very different than those of North Carolina. However, I have to agree that many blogs are just copies of others and many are without merit or contain virtually no useful information. These generally get weeded out quickly. Keep up the good work M.D.

  27. Are There Too Many Survival Blogs?

    That’s like asking are there too many reporters?

    Or too many newspapers?

    Information spreads when there are more voices, the free market will determine who is true and which is false.
    A centralized bureaucracy could never determine that, although many have tried.

    Also, did you about know this?:

    The Worst Mississippi River Flood Ever?

    “… The tornadoes that just ripped through the southeast U.S. are being called one of the worst natural disasters in American history, and now the flooding along the Mississippi River may top the damage done by those tornadoes. In fact, some are now projecting that this will be the worst Mississippi River flood ever recorded since the United States became a nation…”

    http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/the-worst-mississippi-river-flood-ever

  28. Luddite Jean says:

    What a decision to make fresh from travelling – yes, I’m back.
    It’s really a question of quality. I think there are far too many survival blogs which are poor, updating is sporadic and advice misplaced. I think that if you came across one of the poorer blogs first you might get disheartened, or think that we’re a bunch of tinfoil hat-wearing idiots, or gun nuts, or truthers, conspiracy theorists etc. It’s hard to sort the wheat from the chaff. There’s a lot of choice, except here in the UK, survival blogs are few and far between. Yes, the bad ones may fall by the wayside, and in a free market there’s nothing you can do about the proliferation, so in the end, all you have is an opinion.

    However, my vote was for ‘too many’ – with qualifiers.

  29. To avoid acting all regulatory like Cass Susstein, I’m not gonna vote.

    But hey, I decided to start up a survival blog. Can I get a link posted on your page, MD? lol

  30. Tomthetinker says:

    I suppose a Yes vote is cause of the 21.400.000 sites to surf in and out of. ( thank You Ranger Rick ) I did find my way here though. Don’t all of us want to know that we are relevant to the world around us? Heck yes, a human does, so we ‘write’ our opinion down. I’m not a ‘blog’ so… Thank You MD…. I’m allowed to do it in His Journal.

    I voted yes not due to any one opinion I found in a blog….. there are so few that allow the ebb and flow of comments like this one. Is this a blog…. or a web site… chat room…. theres another question I can’t answer. Anybody…. Hum?

    So far the internet is still an ‘All Skate’ so …. No, there are not to many…. Yes, there are far more than I care to surf through to find the ones that relate to the reality of the issues… Prepping and the honest reasons I do. I still surf outside my favorites list each week cause there are lots of voices I haven’t heard yet.

    Thank for letting me scribble in your book MD.

  31. We need less information, not more information. We need fewer choices, not more choices. We need fewer ideas, not more ideas. People should be less involved, not more involved. We need fewer contributions, not more contributions. We need less, not more.

  32. Competition is double-plus good.

    • The brainwashing wore off... says:

      I agree. Let the reader decide whose blogs are relevant and worth reading. I peruse many different sites but prefer this one because of the quality of the information, format (it is easy to navigate and read, not “busy” and overdone like so many sites), and the knowledge of the posters. More of a sense of community, IMHO.

      Thanks to M.D. for providing this to all of us.

  33. Michael says:

    I’m not sure just how many are there, but yours is the main one I pay attention to. I only look at one other that is about food storage made easy.

  34. wanda4089 says:

    I believe anyone who wants to take the time to blog should do so. I read as many as I can and take the information with a grain of salt. I am not a beginner so I can pretty much determine what is good advice and what isn’t. People should do research on all information they take to heart anyway. It is a waste of time to read articles as to whether or not there are too many. Time is short and we need to concentrate on the good advice and prepping as much as possible.

  35. Lake Lili says:

    I find that many are not adding much in the way of new content but from the persective of “I’m trying to do this… please join me on the journey” some are well written and interesting and I follow about eight of those regularly and about 10 more occaisionally. But this is one and CanadianDoomer are the only ones I read daily. You can spend way too much time reading and not enough doing…

  36. I have no idea!
    I have 6 or so favorites with this being #1 for the reasons TTT stated.
    This blog has turned into a community of diverse opinions and knowledge and I love it. You can interact on here whereas the others are just reading. Plus this one has M.D. That says it all!

  37. There can never be too many. If a new blog mentions one obscure fact that saves one persons life post crash, then it was more than worth making that blog!!!!

  38. I vote yes we need more Survival blogs and site. When I 1st. got into Prepping after the Sylmar earthquake in 1971. their was nothing but the goverment telling us to get ready for (72) Hour. Then in the 90s a mag called American Survivalist came out good mag informative.
    But it just folded up. But their were computers but no on was really out their yet. Then in mid 2000 there were websites & blogs springing up everywhere.
    So I yes the more the better, the site I like you may not. So good go to another site or Blog.
    XR750

  39. JP in MT says:

    There are several other blogs that I look at daily. Some only post a few times a week, some are daily. I delete those that feel the need to use profanity regularly. If they are now informative or entertaining I just “change the channel” like the TV.

  40. Rick3Freedom says:

    I voted no.
    I feel the more info that is out there, there is more chance that you will find something on one that is not on the other. Of course there will be a lot of information being repeated. But if there is just ONE thing you learn different from another site, then it has been benificial.
    Another site may explain something in a different way, as to “How To”. Someone may have missed the point on the first site, but understood it from the next site.
    Keep on Prepping!

  41. Yes, there are a ton of “survival” blogs out there. I believe that a lot of folks are blogging in order to acquire a feeling of control in a world that is extremely chaotic and out of control. So, yes, there is a lot of “crap” out there. If you have tried things for yourself (or lived them), you begin to be able to weed out that the real-deal writings from the wanna-bes. But sometimes, even the wanna-be can give you an insight that you didn’t have before.

    I, for one, am glad there are lots of blogs. I am feel encouraged knowing that I’m not the only one who is concerned about the direction this whole world is headed in. That is why, whenever I find a new (to me) blog, I take the time to read 10 or 15 of the posts, to get a feel for the person’s level of knowledge, what his/her approach is, and whether I found something of value, even if only philosophically. If I do, I subscribe.

    Sure, there are a few opportunists who have something to sell. But then, if you know your prices, some of the people who have something to sell are also offering value for the money.

    Well, anyway, that’s my two cent’s worth.

  42. Annie Nonymous says:

    I think so. While Mungo makes a good point, I don’t have time to read every new one that pops up. I have 3 that I look at regularly – MDC’s, JW,R’s, and Backwoods. I will occasionally lok at one of the others, but hopefully someone will x-post onto one of these 3 to get something new and exciting out there…

    There are some that have just flat bad info on them… and there are others that have an “agenda” of one kind or the other. Sure, even the latter have valuable info on them, but you have to be able to read around (or at times, stomach) the “agenda”…

    Still, having a real life, It’s not possible to sit hand read 100 survival blogs, nor would I *want* to. Maybe some boring lazy day as entertainment, but once you have the mindset and the basics down, you kinda sorta KNOW what you need to do.

    As to *survivalists* (or Preppers)… I spoke to a friend who teaches a city-sponsored preparedness class and he told me that the numbers of people in these classes have EXPLODED – where a year or 2 ago he was lucky to get 3 or 4 people in the class, recently he has had classes so full there are waiting lists and drop ins – I think he said last week he taught their basic class 2 times, and both classes had well over 100 people…

    So maybe these blogs ARE reaching people, and better, people are not just idly looking but becoming active. After all – it’s not the number of blogs that will keep our communities and ideals alive… it’s the number of people who are ready!

  43. irishdutchuncle says:

    finding “good” information is hit or miss. noobie preppers wouldn’t be looking to the blogsphere if there was sufficient information from “mainstream” sources. anyhow, that’s why i’m lurking around here. all we can do is give our best opinions on any particular question and hope for the best. (and we all know what opinions are like)

    there’s a lot of bad information out there. for example, how many times have you read on a blog to keep cat litter with you for traction on ice/snow? (i’ve tried it) everyone repeats it and they’re all wrong. cat litter is made of “clay”. clay becomes mud when you get it wet. (and if you’ve been spinning your wheels on the ice, it will become wet. i’m not the first blogger to have pointed this out, only the loudest)
    sand works much more reliably. something to think about when you need to rely on yourself. (because nobody is coming to help)

    which leads to the other thing i know about survival/survivalism. OVERCONFIDENCE KILLS. if someone puts himself in a bad situation, he shouldn’t be surprised if it leads to a bad outcome.

    (my contribution to survival blogdom)

    • irishdutchuncle says:

      …and if not “overconfidence” her sister PRIDE will get you.

      once things start to go badly, there is sometimes a window, a short period wherein someone could have turned back, or stopped to re-evaluate the plan but didn’t. (this, along with
      “get-home-itis” is a huge factor in some aviation accidents)

  44. nancy (Northwest) says:

    Have no idea how many survival blogs there are. I only read two and I found this one through the other. As others have said, content is what is important, but I am not going looking for other sites.

  45. gamrich says:

    This is the only one I read, so I suspect that others are superfluous.

  46. I found this blog though Doomer, and after spending some time reading though posts was most impressed at the level of the writing, and then started following along and within a few weeks was amazed and thrilled at how broad a base of things were covered, plus started reading what did you prep this week, it keeps me on my toes, and gives me new insight and ideas.

    Is there to many blogs, I voted yes, because after finding this one, I went out and started looking at others thinking (wrongly) that I would find others of this quality, only to quickly come back and find that I had much! better luck following from those that post on this site, then just “looking”.

    There are now a number of regular folks on the site, that I do follow their blogs as well and really enjoy them, so Catch 22 on that one.

  47. Willow says:

    Survival/prepping is now becoming mainstream as fast as our president has become unpopular. Blogging is also popular, and anyone can start a blog for free. I don’t think it’s a coincidence.

    There are enough survival/prepping forum-type sites out there to give people a voice. IMHO if someone wants to start a blog, there’s nothing to stop them from doing it. But I would rather go to the forum sites to actually communicate with others.

    • Bansky says:

      A New York Times/CBS News poll finds Obama’s approval numbers have risen eleven points to 57 percent since the raid on bin Laden’s compound Sunday.
      Source: http://wjbc.com/president-obama-sees-approval-rating-boost-not-enough-to-carry-into-2012-election/

      • irishdutchuncle says:

        i’m certain, the president is popular with CBS viewers/NYT readers. i’m sure they’re all very “mainstream”. (that’s the liberal adult version of peer pressure: “You’re out of the mainstream!” ) there is an important lesson to be learned from the TV cartoons: it’s the “mainstream” that goes over the falls first. (and there’s a reason they’re referred to as “sheeple”)

        the “gunwalker” scandal was to be announced to the membership at the NRA convention at the same time that the raid was being conducted. the “mainstream” media was more than happy to have a “great victory” to report, as opposed to a scandal which could bring down Eric Holder, Hillary Rodham, and possibly, the “President” himself.
        their popularity is of little consequence among “preppers”/survivalists. we also can read the writing on the wall.

  48. Dennis Showman says:

    I really believe its not a question of quantity but more a question on QUALITY.

  49. I vote “no”, but I think it is a mixed bag. The two main reasons I think there is so much internet chat about survivalism is:

    1. Survivalists make up a very small percentage of the population. Small groups like to find “like-minded” people on the internet. Survivalists are like many other small groups that do this. That is a reason why I seek out blogs on the topic.

    2. It is much easier to talk and muse about survivalism than to practice and live survivalism. Much easier to talk all day about your survival firearms than to go to the range and practice, hunt, etc. Easier to talk about gardening than to do it. I’m as guilty of this as anyone else. This is why I make a conscious effort to limit my computer time.

  50. SrvivlSally says:

    It does not matter how many blogs are out there because lies and half-truths are always and eventually weeded out. Personally, I am more appreciative when a blogger is truthful, sincere, integral, etc. and has no “agenda” in the mix. I have seen plenty of blogs and all were different. Some seemed more than complete yet others lacked. Each person is different and sees the world from his/her own viewpoint but within some of those chocolates there are hidden treasures. When we stop learning, we stop living.

  51. Plain and simple: I don’t know whether there are too many or not. What I do know is that there are sub-niches that tend to attract different types of audiences. Each blog has its own personality so to speak, some being folksy, others political, and others with a religious slant. Some focus on reviews of survival gear and others focus on prepping tips. There is something for everyone.

    On the other hand, there are a lot of rip-off sites that copy someone else’s content – verbatim no less. I wish there were a better way to police this but so far, I am unaware of any quick and easy way to track these lazy cheats down.

    A good blogger will do his or her research and that takes time. In addition, a good blogger will view the sharing of knowledge first and foremost and making a few bucks second.

    That’s my two cents, at least.

    — Gaye

  52. NewDawn says:

    When I was new to the world of the survivalists and the preppers – I read many blogs. After sorting out the fluff and the wanna-be-rambo types -I now only regularly read 2 “survival blogs” – MDC and JWR. I have written a contest entry for MDC – not the other one.
    I find that I gravitate here daily due to the community and the vast knowledge and helpful atmosphere. I also like MD’s style and practical, good advice.
    Anyone can start a Blog about anything – BUT only the ones with good consistant content will survive.

    • NewDawn,

      Thank you.

      • HeyMickey59 says:

        I agree with NewDawn. I read MDC for the bloggers info. and JWR for the articles. Personally, I could use less on Guns and Ammo, but that’s my preference. I just skip over that stuff. We are very new to prepping but are going at it whole-heartedly! I didn’t vote simply because I haven’t looked at any more sites to any extent, but I have contributed here, because I feel I may be able to help someone and I KNOW that they can help me! I like being able to pose questions and be assured of getting some advice.

        One thing though, that sticks in MY craw are people who blog but don’t have the grammar and spelling neccessary to make it easy to read. Sorry, if I offend anyone, just MHO. I would be the first to offer to help correct their writing, but I am, in no way, an expert or perfect. So, I make those kind of mistakes myself once in awhile.

        I WILL start checking out the other blogs (just figured out that you with blue names have your own blogs, woo hoo!). This seems to be a GREAT bunch of people and I think it would be so neat to get in a room with all of you!

        BTW, I am a homemaker, mother of grown kids, dog-lover, quilter, sewer, cook, reader and now…prepper! Go silver! :)

        • HeyMickey59,
          You stated that you “just figured out that you with blue names have your own blogs, woo hoo” which is only partially true. It means that we have our own websites, many of which are blogs, but some like my own are simply contact points. Mine currently contains only en email link for those who may want to contact me directly. I do plan to add some additional content as I get time, like my book list, and some links to my favorite preparedness sites, but life is currently too hectic to have any time to blog. I guess I would then fall under the banner of this topic of one too many blogs, but I don’t expect a lot of traffic, and that’s OK.

          • Omo Bob says:

            See, I learn something new here all the time…I thought the blue names were just that you knew a trick I haven’t learned yet, like how to add smiley faces…any way THIS is the blog I’m reading most often now, and that says it all for me.

  53. michael in NC says:

    freedom means freedom for OTHERS as well as for oneself.
    if someone wants to publish a blog why shouldn’t they?
    I don’t want the government or anyone else telling me I can’t.

    It’s up to each of us to make a judgement about the quality or accuracy of the information we glean from blogs, or any other source.
    I’ve visited literally hundreds of blogs since I became interested in prepping. Many (most) were lacking, and subsequently dropped from my list of sites to visit.
    I read this blog daily because it delivers.

    Best to all,
    Michael in NC

    • michael in NC,

      My question was not if they should be allowed to publish a survival type blog, but if there are already more than we need? And thank you…

  54. My view is that people come to these sites to pick up information and like the Internet itself some of that information is specific, some is heavily biased and some is actually rubbish. Your rely on other commenter’s, common sense and life experience to work out what is worth listening too and what needs to be discarded. The original articles and the discussions all widen your knowledge regardless of whether it is relevant to your own situation. It may also give you ideas for other areas where you have not considered some options. The reader picks and chooses themselves what they want to read about and how they prepare.

    In addition some sites have very narrow remits, looking at survival in specific areas, deserts, jungles etc. My own site looks specifically at the UK and only really has, slight, relevance to the suburbs in the US.

    In saying that I only visit about 20 sites myself. These are sites I like and am happy with the information and the discourse. I’ll visit new sites as I find them but if after a few visits I don’t like the content then I knock it off my list.

  55. I like having several sites to choose from but some of them start off good but then every time you think you are getting an e-mail about some good survival information you instead get a sales promotion. Some are out there selling everything from product to very expensive courses. Most preppers just don’t have that kind of resources to buy these outrageous courses for hundreds of $’s. They try to convince you that they are offering a really good bargain. It is pretty discouraging. I am very glad this site does not do that. It is o.k. to offer product that can be helpful, but some of these sites are totally not reasonable. Thanks M.D.

  56. There are way tooooo many survival blogs out there. All of them should shut down except this one…and SurvivalCache.com

    Joel
    SurvivalCache.com

    Shameless plug (enjoyed the topic and the responses)

  57. Well yes and no , there are many kinds of survivalists so there are going to be sites geared to a specific survivalist mindset . As everybody knows we dont all agree on what is going to happen or how to prepare for it . Almost all I have seen have at least some information that is useful .I think the more , the better , to get people at least talking about the idea and need of survivalism if nothing else . I see sites that I think are geared for predators and raiders in training ( not my definition of a survivalist ) and I actually ran across one that was almost a contradiction . PC mentality survivalist ? WTF !!!!!! if you want PC , go talk to somebody running for election ! I speak my mind , like it or not !

  58. I have gone through half-a-gazillion prepping and survival blogs, sites, etc. I have found the ones I like, feel useful and are informative and bookmarked them. My favorites are visited daily.

    I have followed advice and prepared accordingly,though the journey is non-stop.

    There is a lot of garbage out there, and sites/blogs that are years old just floating around with no updated content. There are those out there that are off the chain with really whacked out philosophies. Some are entertaining while others make my eyeballs bleed. Common sense dictates my belief in content.

    In conclusion, I believe there may be too many…..but I pick what I want and leave the rest.

  59. Dustin says:

    Lots of blogs that cross-post from other blogs or have a LOT of “guest posts” in their own. I know writer’s block can creep in, I know some people would LOVE to have some extra cash come in from affiliate links or advertisers, I know some authors would like to see their books/DVDs/signature survival gear/etc. be commercial successes… we as the readers have the option to vote with our feet (or eyes, or mouse click, or whatever!).

    Some bloggers do this as a vocation, some as a passion, some as a hobby, some as a diversion. Quality, post frequency, and the manner in which reader feedback is (or isn’t) handled are all important factors to me, personally, but everyone dictates their own interest and tolerance level.

    My philosophy is “take what you like and leave the rest.”

    The danger is to the neophyte that is trying to get started and has little-to-no experience to temper the tremendous volume of information with. Bad info can (and has!) kill when it comes to survival and preparation.

  60. Agreed , one easy way to tell if its of any use to anybody is in content , some are just writing and discussion boards , no substance at all . If the site doesn’t have any product reviews , lists and reasons , pdf downloads or something serious , ….. i move on .

  61. fredisdead says:

    But, we don’t know that a new blogger is someone just starting out and that they have limited knowledge. A reader can get a feel for the writers knowledge by reading a blog for a while and comparing info there with that of trusted blogs. Getting just a bit of workable info from a new blog makes it worthwhile.

  62. Dean in az says:

    WAY too many blogs! Most are meaningless drivel about the Gov’t,what they ate today,or what gun they love the most. I enjoy reading most of the tech type article’s,but I don’t need a review of the best night vision to buy,how to nuke proof your home,or what works best for killing zombies.Yes,I believe in peak oil,and storing food,but don’t beat the issue to death.

  63. Here is my thought on this subject. I write a survival blog. At the time, I thought I was in a niche situation when I started it. Guess what, I’m not, and there are several that focus on urban and suburban topics, like mine. Now that said, I have RSS feeds set up to many that I like. It helps me do two things; one, scan the blogs for interests that I have, and two keep away from trendy topics of the day that everyone seems to be writing about. Sooner or later it is hard not to write about them, but hey, it is what it is.

    That said, what I also see are differing opinions and differing points of view with all the other blogs out there. This is good. And, it is good for everyone. I say this because it is too easy to to have one opinion and not broaden your mind to other methods of achieving your goals. At least to me, many of these blogs serve that purpose. In fact to diversify myself I brought aboard two contributing authors that are avid writers. I do not always agree with their point of view, but again, it helps to keep my from pigeon holing my own thoughts. I get ideas for new posts from time to time as well. At any given time I have two or three posts started and unfinished based on a concept I formed from someone else’s post.

    Now, are there too many, maybe. But if there were only five, we might be asking are there too few… Finally, I love this blog. It was one of the first I came across a couple years ago when I started reading them. M.D. does a great job and has a spectacular following. As for those of you who feel there is a lot of crap or garbage out there (and yes, I have been slammed by many telling me my content is crap), it doesn’t appeal to everyone. Personally, I do not like JWR’s writing, but he has several thousand followers, daily. I’ll bet many of the readers of this blog love his writing. Again, it is what it is and we gravitate towards what appeals to us when we find it. Sort of like dating, but not really. Was that a bad analogy? I guess that’s my sign to shut up now… :)

  64. I’ve explored many forums about survivalism and preparedness and have narrowed it down to a very few, this one and APN, and I’ll pop in to one another. Much of the information is repetitive although the people are different. Each may offer information and perspectives I didn’t know or hadn’t thought of.

    Whatever I can glean in the way of useful information is a good thing and it would be unfair to compare one forum against the other.