I really debated about putting this out there. I usually don’t read posts about what changes people are making to their websites or what they are up to or stuff like that. But, I am making some changes, not only to the PW family of websites, but I’m preparing for some changes in life.
So, I will try to incorporate some of that in here to maybe help others, get some advice and even ask for your prayers.
Let me start with what I’m doing first…
I don’t plan on publishing another edition of The Preparedness Review. I sent an email to everyone on the list and then deleted the list. More about why I deleted the list in a moment. I plan on keeping the domain name and pointing it to a page on Prepper Website. I’ll also host the past reviews on Dropbox and not where I currently have them. Part of what I’m doing is cutting costs. There were a lot of great articles included in past TPR editions, so I hope that they will continue to be downloaded and help those starting out in preparedness.
I’m not renewing Prepper Small Biz either. I think it was a good idea, but one that didn’t really take off. I monitor it, update software and plugins, and pay for hosting. It’s just another thing to look after.
One website that I’m a little disappointed that didn’t take off is Your Preparedness Story. Knowing that social media sites like Facebook censors so many people, I wanted to offer a website that would allow the Preparedness community the opportunity to post their own stories and articles. The website pretty much runs itself. Anyone can go there, post their article, include pics, etc… and get it posted. I even created a how to video to show others how to add their content if they weren’t familiar with WordPress.
Now, there are some good articles over there. I posted many for others when they would send them to me since they couldn’t figure it out. So, I plan on moving them to Ed that Matters before the hosting expires. I put a lot of work into this one, finding the plugins that would allow others to post automatically, but it is….another thing.
I’m not sure about One Awesome Article yet. The main purpose of the site was to link to one survival article daily. Posting articles on One Awesome Article , I believe is a double blessing. On one hand, people who own prepper websites get traffic on an old article that has great information for others. On the other hand, readers get to read a great article that they wouldn’t have normally found. Like the other sites, It’s another thing. I’m not sure if I will continue it. Time will tell.
I definitely plan on keeping Prepper Website. This original idea I had for a website has been a true blessing. I will also keep Ed that Matters since I use this as my personal blog. Top Prepper Websites and Totally Homestead are two websites that kind of run themselves except for the times I have to delete someone for breaking rules.. Although I pay for hosting, I will continue on with these. I will also continue to post at Prepper Church. Prepper Church fills the need to share my faith with the Preparedness Community. Over the years, I have heard from more people of faith in preparedness than most would realize. There are many Christians out there who are going to churches that don’t understand and support preparedness. I hope that Prepper Church can continue to be a blessing.
One thing that I am cutting off like a dead limb are email lists. Like I said before, I deleted The Preparedness Review list. That list was big! I also plan on deleting the One Awesome Article email list.
Although this is counter to many “website guru’s” philosophies, I don’t want to do what they suggest to make the return on investment worth it! The current trend is to acquire email lists and then promote products and events to the list to get sales. Some do it very successfully, but I just don’t feel right about bombarding my readers like that! So, I’ve only done it a few times and I felt like a high pressure salesman! I’m not saying that I won’t ever promote a special offer that I believe in, but this will be the exception!
If someone wants to support the work that I’m doing, they can always buy from Amazon using links on the various websites or even click on the advertisers that purchase space on Prepper Website….I have tried to not ever allow advertising from those “37 foods that ….” type of websites that try to get you to listen to an infomercial. All of the advertisers are legit. I have turned many away who gave me pause.
By the way, I will keep the daily email list for Prepper Website. But I recently purged many on the list who hadn’t opened an email in a while! So, if you are not receiving the email any longer, or would like to sign up, click here.
So Why are You Doing All of This Todd?
One reason I’m doing all of this is to just simplify my life. I often think about the Ted Talk I posted on this article. I mean, what is REALLY important for a good life? What is truly valuable? Why do we gather/need so much “stuff?” People for centuries were content with the basics of life and well, they died and their stuff doesn’t matter. Guess what, if Jesus tarries, the same will happen to us. All of our “stuff” won’t matter anymore. It will just be junk that someone we leave behind has to deal with.
Another big reason why I’m making some changes is because I feel some changes are coming to my life. I don’t know what, I don’t know when, but I know that there are some changes in store for me and my family. When the changes come, I want to be ready and not have to worry about a bunch of other things that need my time.
Some Advice and Thoughts
You might have some of the same thoughts and ideas about simplifying your life as I have stated above. If so, here are some thoughts that you might want to consider. I’m not a “change” guru or anything, but hopefully you will find these helpful or at least worthy of reflection. If you have any advice to share with others, please feel free to leave it in the comment section below.
- Get Out of Debt – When you are not tied to bills and debt, you are a lot more free to make changes and simplify your life. Many American’s are going to find themselves in hard economic times real soon. It is best to be as debt free as possible.
- Purge Stuff – As preppers, we like to stock food, supplies and stuff! There is nothing wrong with that! But there are other things in your house/garage/office that are just cluttering up your surroundings. It might be a good idea to hold a garage sale or give some stuff away. Do you really need it? Someone once said that if you haven’t touched an item in a year, you don’t really need it.
- Evaluate What Really Matters – You’ve heard the Scripture, “Better to lose the whole world than to lose your soul.” That is so true. But what about losing your family, your health, your sanity? Can you let go of everything else that doesn’t really matter? In the grand scheme of things, what will happen if you didn’t control or influence THAT thing?
- Explore the Possibilities – There might be some things you have always wanted to try but haven’t, because, life happened. Kids were born, you didn’t have the money or you just forgot until recently. Explore the possibilities of a new skill, a class you want to take, a place you want to visit, a person you want to meet.
- Seek Advice – Big decisions and life changes shouldn’t be made without seeking some good counsel and advice. In my case, I pray and seek God. If you are not a believer, you might do a pro and con list or talk to an expert or someone older. There is wisdom in a multitude of counselors.
Well, like I said earlier, I would welcome any advice anyone can share with others down below. If you are the praying type, I would appreciate your prayers for direction. I’ll keep you updated on any new developments!
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