I try to provide links to quality articles every day on Prepper Website. I would say that is my main focus. But I also want the website to be a resource beyond just providing links. So, I have linked to preparedness and related websites (to my detriment in the search engine rankings) below all the articles I link to. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a few websites! And every time I find a new one or one that I haven’t heard about, I add it.
But I also do something that is very sad to me. I mean, I understand it, but it is still sad. Every summer, since it is my off-time, I go through all the listings and remove sites that have either: been deleted, suspended for some reason, have a virus or hasn’t been updated in over 2 months. In my experience, a site that hasn’t been updated in over 2 months will more than likely not come back. Some have sputtered back to life again for a few more posts, only to finally die off. If a website does “come to life” again, a simple email request to me will place it back on the site.
This summer, I removed 79 websites in the Preparedness category and 44 from the other categories combined. Most of these sites were moved to the Inactive category. However, if a site was deleted, suspended or had a virus, I completely removed it from Prepper Website.
Like I said before, this is a sad time for me. I visited many of these sites on a regular basis. I learned a lot from them and I know others did too.
As I was working on moving websites to the inactive category, I couldn’t help but think how the life of a preparedness website sometimes resembles our lives as we prepare.
Running a “good” website takes a lot of effort!
Anyone can get a free WordPress or Blogspot website and throw something together in less than an hour. Even a hosted site, with your own domain site isn’t hard to get up and now, very affordable. But wanting to make your site a place where others will want to come to and visit is another story. There are colors to think of, graphics to consider, themes and layouts to toy with. Then you need to optimize for search engines, setup a mailing list, write guest articles and work on your social media following. And on top of all of this, you need to write GREAT content to inspire your readers and want them to come back! Many bloggers spend HOURS working on their sites with little or no reward. It becomes their “baby” or a part time job.
Living a preparedness lifestyle takes a lot of effort too! We often sacrifice the “fun stuff” so that we will have the funds to buy extra food and supplies. As preppers, many of us understand the importance of keeping our skills sharp, so we read, study and practice. Many spouses out there might refer to the other’s prepping as their “hobby,” or nag that you are spending too much time and money on this Doomsday Prepper stuff! Preparedness becomes your baby, a full time job.
Every website EVENTUALLY struggles to come up with good content.
Yes, every website struggles with this. Many websites start off strong out of the gate. But eventually, ideas and topics for content starts to hinder the amount of times a websites posts articles. I speak from experience! When I started in preparedness, I had all these ideas and wanted to share them with the world! Because I know enough about computers and the internet (to hurt myself), I started a blog. I started strong. I had read somewhere that Mondays and Thursdays were good days to post. I created a schedule and kept it up. I salivated over every visitor to the site! But then I ran out of ideas. I mean, how many times can you write about making fire, food storage, etc… Soon, I wasn’t making my schedule. I made excuses like I was very busy at work and that should come first. But in reality, I went dry.
As preppers, we go dry too. I have also experienced this myself. We start strong with beans, bullets and band aids, but eventually poop out. Sometimes it is just “fear fatigue,” meaning that we are always in a state of waiting for the hammer to drop. That can be stressful and can easily wear you down. Others might get busy with life and just allow other things to take over. And there are those who just give up after feeling they are not getting anywhere. They look around and see friends and family going on wild vacations, spending money on “extras” and just living it up on the weekends. They might feel like they are missing out. The beans, bullets and band aids go up in a closet somewhere. The fad is over and life goes on.
Many websites are a drain.
Like I said, there are free websites that anyone can use to start up a preparedness website. Or, if you choose to go with your own hosted domain, it is now very affordable. But eventually, money is going to leave your pocket. There are products to buy to review, plugins to purchase, software that is needed and upgrades that will make the site look and operate better. Yes, website owners try to earn some money with affiliates and ad sales to off-set these costs. But I will tell you that no one is getting rich off of their website. There are a few that are using a certain “model” that are bringing in significant money, but the bad thing is that they don’t even write their own content and are run by big corporations! And then you have to take into consideration the mental and physical drain. In updating Prepper Website, there have been many nights when I have fallen asleep at my laptop after a day at work.
Prepping can be a drain. Many think that you have to buy a lot of stuff to be prepared. On top of that, many of us always preach that you have to improve your skills and add new ones. When life is happening and you believe that you need to do this to be prepared, it can be draining. There are still times when I go into a store and I’m thinking, “how can this be used in preparedness” or “what do I need for my prep supplies.” I have to break myself of that habit. Always thinking about SHTF or TEOTWAWKI can be exhausting. We all need to be prepared, but you will be no good to anyone if you are a “drained” prepper!
This feels like a very somber article, so let’s end it with some positive points to help in our struggle of preparedness so we don’t go the way of SOME preparedness websites.
Stay Balanced – If you are an extreme prepper, but sometimes miss the “fun” stuff that others seem to be doing, just go do it. Spend the money, bite the bullet and do it. You might have a ton of fun and you might regret taking the time and money to do it. But you might not ever know unless you do it!
Also, you should never sacrifice your marriage, family or job for preparedness. If you are hurting people around you because you HAVE TO PREP, then you are doing something wrong. Find more info. on maintaing “balance” at Prepper Website.
Plan and Make Goals – You might be able to make big goals or you might have to make small goals. It always helps when you know where you want to go. Find more info. about “making goals” at Prepper Website.
Prep without Money – Purpose to find ways to prep without money. This means that you don’t need all the fancy gear! Many have done it. You can too! Find more info. about being “frugal” at Prepper Website.
Stay Consistent – This is bigger than you might think! Just a little, over time, makes a big difference!
Refresh Yourself – You know what you need to stay fresh. Pray, get outside, unwind, take your spouse on a date or whatever. Take some time and don’t be afraid to live your life. Find more about supporting your “relationships” and managing prepper “stress” at Prepper Website.
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