Changes regarding the Weekly Preps Column

Hi everyone,

So Google is pushing some changes this fall that affect small publishers who want to monetize their content. They are tightening the grip what kind of information you post if you want to continue to make money from ads.

After some research, I realized that the weekly preps column could likely get my site and all the others in trouble with google – and not just TSB, but my other websites as well (as they will be sharing the same ads account in the near future).

Since I’m still far from recovering my initial investment with TSB, and since the earnings are pretty small, I wanted to check in with you guys if you’d like me to set up one of my old domains or a new domain to keep the Weekly Preps column going.

You would also have to write the coumn yourselves as it wouldn’t make much sense to continue paying my writers to do it, but that shouldn’t be hard to do. I can set some of you up with editor accounts and you can take turns when posting.

I can also try moving the current weekly preps articles from TSB to the new domain, but I’m unsure whether I can migrate the comments.

Let me know your thoughts and whether this is something you’d like me to set up.

34 thoughts on “Changes regarding the Weekly Preps Column”

  1. Personally I felt the weekly prep thing has been dying already. Long ago when creekmore used the conflicted Tuesday’s the replies and conversations would go up into the 100s though creekmore was a bit of a dick. Then the weekly prep was getting up to 200 comments a week. Now it’s every other week and barely gets 50 comments. It’s an outdated format for sure. The old sites that conversations would go on and on on have mostly died off in favor of socialist media where people surround themselves with yes men and video ads and b’s. Simple text based forums are history this is the last place like it that I still know of or can access on my limited data. Plus a lot of the heavyweights have either died or migrated to other less attention demanding formats. Really when top, the Ohio prepper, died the conversations here took a significant nose dive. I notice less and less activity whenever I come here and the generally sparse content of every other week and my lack of internet makes that fairly spread out. Content control and censorship dominates all the other websites they are just tightening their grip on the last outliers now. Anyway that’s my thoughts and observations. Also I have limited internet options bc I use ad blockers and refuse Google contentvso I am a ghost to them both for privacy and bc my data is so limited that a single forced video add can kill an entire months worth of text based internet access.

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    • I agree, but the site can be useful as in spite of the long sidebar conversations and such. I think one thing Creekmore did right was he periodically made changes and site looks that at least prompted people who were not regulars to come take a peep. Some stayed for awhile, then dropped off.
      I would hate to see the site censored, disbanded all together, and lose contact with all of you. But we need fresh articles and a new look.

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  2. Guys,

    I just got an idea after reading Nemoseto’s post. I have this old vbulletin forum license that was used for a prepping forum that didn’t take off. It seems I can still use that license. So you guys can have your own “old-fashioned” forum. I won’t put any ads on it except maybe some amazon widgets, just enough to cover the expenses.

    Let me know your thoughts.

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    • I said those formats were dying out in favor of other formats like tiktok and twitter and whatever. They favor lack of attention and rapid sharing of pictures memes that prey on emotion over thought and nobody reads more than a headline. Recently some forgotten graveyards were in the news from canadian residential schools, long history, but all most poeople saw was an emotion baiting picture which raged out people and 20 churches were burned. Among my friends i was the only one to read the source material and they got pissed with me for correcting emotion baiting memes. Anger is adictive as it brings up dopamine responces. People are thus more drawn to yes men who feed emotions. So text based forums are dying out because few people used them, like i said 10 years ago this sites posts could see 600 comments, then 3 years ago it was 200, now about 50. Its simply that people prefer emotion bait over text and thought, human nature and why the old formats are gone. A new forum wont bring people back any more than a new dial up isp would draw people back from broadband.

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    • Dan,
      I’m with AC, do what you need to do… if you have a weekly site available i will come and read and post as i am able to add something to the content. Just keep us aware of where it is…This is not the only site that suffers in the summer…my computer time has dropped to 1/4th the time i spend in winter.there are gardening, yard, lawn,breeding, hatching… trees to plant and harvests of plant and animal to take care of.Summer is a tough season and time is more limited for inside activities.because we have extensive outside responsibilities…
      We like the weekly connection, it does help with ideas of things others have found to work for them and issues that arise with others can give us a heads up for preps we need to make.
      The comradeship we have had on this site has been good./ made some great friends here. Yes there was a lot of comments on sites such as this -in the past many few word back and forth trivial tidbits and good natur’d picking among friends.there used to be a few who would comment on every idea that anyone posted..i came to the realization- others may not be overjoyed with my perspective.
      I have not gone to other type media.. no fb, twatter or etc…Yes censorship rears its ugly head…on all platforms..keeping as many connections as possble can off set those…and will remain unless we all fight it.

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      • AA, yep, activity is always lower during summer gardening & preserving season. Only so many hours in a day.

        I agree that a weekly (or biweekly) connection is great. There is a community here that I don’t see on other such websites. Yes, we’ve lost people the last couple of years and they are missed. Others dropped off for one reason or another, and I have no idea how many lurkers we have. MD’s new site morphed into a turnoff. TSB has been a good site for sharing what & how. I’d love to see more people come in, and now is actually a good time. PrepperNet seems to have slowed down, which could simply be summertime or more people going back to work & trying to juggle many things. As for here, I have no idea how many other sites Dan has nor do I know if Tara is still involved in this site.

        Quite often, too many articles are just too long. Informative, but . . . Perhaps a few shorter articles that we could comment on.

        Ads — well, I had to go full-on ad blocker because the ads were almost totally covering the articles. If that has been fixed, I can undo blocker at least for this site when I’m here.

        Censoring — here’s where I’m surprised a few commenters talk at length about certain things they have. Oh well, it’s far too late to worry about it. I really don’t see censorship coming down on this site as it is. In a more general comment, methinks there will be pushback in another month or so and who knows if web might be turned upside down.

        I’m sure I could say more, but I’m just too tired at 11:30.

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  3. That site sounds interesting. I still enjoy reading the articles and comments.

    Another site I still go to has already lost funding. Censorship is a sad thing

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  4. I’ve been reading this column since 2013 and look forward to the comments every week. Although I don’t comment much, I learn a lot through the comments. I’d hate to see this go and would love an alternative method to keep in touch with with the group.

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  5. Dan
    You do what you feel is necessary as it is your site, and funds are not as fluid as they once were. I read each week or every other week depending on what subject matter is being set forth for our knowledge.

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  6. I’d like to see article’s, that are shorter, and maybe see some recipe’s that use what’s in your cupboard, maybe a Thrifty Tuesday, more articles on Gardening, tips and tricks, and get back to what prepping is about and reading what people, are doing and try to keep it simple but yet interesting enough to keep and hopefully get new readers.

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    • Mom of Three,

      I second your request for more recipes. With the price of beef increasing, I am having to figure out other ways of feeding my family.

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      • Bam Bam,

        An old friend of mine from Alabama gave me a recipe for Possum.

        Get a hardwood board big enough for the possum. Nail the possum to the board and bake at 350-degrees for 8-hours. Take it out, rip the possum off and eat the board. Best part. 🙂

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  7. I agree with Mom of Three. I look forward to reading this blog and was rather disappointed when it went to every other Saturday, but I understand that summer is the time we need to do the most to prepare. The are just so many hours in a day.
    What I enjoy most is hearing how others have saved money, built something from scratch, found a new means of doing something I haven’t thought of. I’m pretty prepared and I can everything I can put in a jar, but I still need accountability to keep at it and fill in the gaps. It’s nice to know what others have done during the week, but it would be more useful to me to know if others have learned something new that would be useful to others. Whatever you decide, Dan, please count me in.

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  8. Dan ,, I don’t comment a lot. But do check in regular. Is the end of free thinking coming ? Thanks for what you have done ,,,,
    More and more it’s like we are living in the world of ATLAS SHRUGGED,
    Tea and chocolate

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  9. Puppy says good bye to everyone. It’s been fun but now everyone needs to prepare like never before. If the fascist are shutting down free speech on such a small channel the time grows short.

    ITEOTWAWKI

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    • Thor1, yeah, well I just sent a private telepathic plea to Puppy asking him to nudge you half to death and lick your face off to consider emailing GA Red with your contact email. Yep, it’s time to really buckle down. However, it will be of great help to know what’s going on out & about while staying under radar. You’re one of the good guys with much inspiration for others. Besides, how else can we keep up with knowing how well Puppy is doing? Please?

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      • Mari

        Thanks for the good review of my intentions.

        Puppy made a salesman run across the street. I was in the backyard playing with him and he turned and ran inside. I had no idea someone was at the door and the Mrs. cracked the door open to tell the guy do you see the no soliciting sign at the top of the door. Puppy came running in and slammed the door in his face almost breaking the door. Strong boy, good boy.

        ALERT and this will be my last so please tell the others.

        The reason Biden banned Russian ammo and gun sales was two fold. The Saudis just signed an agreement with Russia for protection. This is what America once had. This means OIL is no longer based on the American PETRODOLLAR. That is the final nail in America’s coffin.

        None of the mainstream media is reporting this.

        Buy what you need now. We are the next Venezuela.

        Gun confiscation is also coming from people refusing the jab and being put on a no fly no buy list. They also want to register and tax all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine.

        Time is growing short prepare accordingly.

        Thor1 out.

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  10. Hey everyone,

    So I can set up a new blog for the Pack on a different domain but, as I said, you would have to write the weekly preps yourselves. The editor is pretty straightforward but I there’d have to be a few volunteers to do the writing and publishing – which is no different than you write in the comment section.

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  11. Mari

    Thanks for the good review of my intentions.

    Puppy made a salesman run across the street. I was in the backyard playing with him and he turned and ran inside. I had no idea someone was at the door and the Mrs. cracked the door open to tell the guy do you see the no soliciting sign at the top of the door. Puppy came running in and slammed the door in his face almost breaking the door. Strong boy, good boy.

    ALERT and this will be my last so please tell the others.

    The reason Biden banned Russian ammo and gun sales was two fold. The Saudis just signed an agreement with Russia for protection. This is what America once had. This means OIL is no longer based on the American PETRODOLLAR. That is the final nail in America’s coffin.

    None of the mainstream media is reporting this.

    Buy what you need now. We are the next Venezuela.

    Gun confiscation is also coming from people refusing the jab and being put on a no fly no buy list. They also want to register and tax all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine.

    Time is growing short prepare accordingly.

    Thor1 out.

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  12. Mari

    Thanks for the good review of my intentions.

    Puppy made a salesman run across the street. I was in the backyard playing with him and he turned and ran inside. I had no idea someone was at the door and the Mrs. cracked the door open to tell the guy do you see the no soliciting sign at the top of the door. Puppy came running in and slammed the door in his face almost breaking the door. Strong boy, good boy.

    ALERT and this will be my last so please tell the others.

    The reason Biden banned Russian ammo and gun sales was two fold. The Saudis just signed an agreement with Russia for protection. This is what America once had. This means OIL is no longer based on the American PETRODOLLAR. That is the final nail in America’s coffin.

    None of the mainstream media is reporting this.

    Buy what you need now. We are the next Venezuela.

    Gun confiscation is also coming from people refusing the jab and being put on a no fly no buy list. They also want to register and tax all semiautomatic rifles and shotguns that can accept a detachable magazine.

    Time is growing short prepare accordingly.

    Thor1 out. 2

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    • Thor, I hear ya. Already figured as much. Petrodollar had already been split out. Things are about to speed up and it ain’t gonna be pretty.
      I’ve copied over to GA Red’s spot.
      Good luck, God bless, and hope we all run into you again ’cause we’re gonna miss you. Smooch to Puppy.

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