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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"What Is This Blog About, Anyway?"




Over the last several months I have received many emails all asking the basic same question, so I am addressing the answer here just so it is clear, what is this blog about, is it a prepper or a survival blog, is it a primitive skills blog or a book review blog, or a self-reliance blog, the answer is yes it is. This is self-reliance, our lives are not narrow but involve many complex thoughts and life styles, life is large so it is complex. We have many interests and they include several layers. The folks who asked
is it a prepper blog or a survivalist blog, yes it is, prepper is just a way of saying survivalist, seems the media has poisoned the word survivalist and it is happening to the word prepper as well, that is
too bad, it is a fact we are all survivalists, we eat to stay alive so we survive. I could go on but you get the idea. There are a lot, perhaps thousands of survival blogs and forums, I have made an effort not to be a copycat of those other fine efforts, whose writers are much better than I am. But I have been around the block so many times and have experienced a lot of life in my almost 80 years here on this dirt clod. I am compelled to write about what I know, if I do not know it, I shut up. Much is just my ramblings.

 So you can pick and choose what you wish to read, most of the articles are not time sensitive and hopefully will stand the test of time. I really hope most of you get something from my efforts on this little blog.

 The series on the Feral Woodsman has been popular, if nothing else it is at least a nice fantasy, but it could be real, many are doing it and I get contacted by a few of these folks from time to time. I have also run into a few of them in the bush, really they are out there. 


 Trying to be relevant, is not an easy task. I am glad so many have viewed my work. In truth it is not work most of the time, as it is fun for me to do. I hope you all continue to enjoy the blog. 


 by Dude McLean

7 comments:

  1. had a very nice email from Beth Kirkhamwillie ... yhankyou you are very kind, Beth, glad you enjoy my rambles..

    Dude

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  2. A very nice email From Matt , would be great to see you guys will phone you in a few days... email you in a few days as soon as i can...my regards .. Duide

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  3. How quickly we forget, today's "prepper" was our grandparents' neighbor on the next farm, it used to be a common thing to store your own food if it was a good year. I think folks have gotten complacent about the everyday availability of fresh and canned and frozen foods at the corner supermarket, til there's a panic (weatherman forecasts a hurricane or blizzard, then you can't find milk or bread or water).

    That complacency extends to skills and materials. (Oh, the power's gone out, I'll just use the light on my smartphone... and what're you gonna do when *that* runs down? Got a flashlight that isn't just a container for dead batteries? Know how to turn that olive oil and empty baby food jar and cotton string into an oil lamp? Oh, don't forget finding matches or a lighter! Got a radio that isn't an app on that smartphone, so you can get news and weather reports if the lights don't come back on in an hour or three?)

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    1. great comments Matttex and so true..

      Dude

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  4. I have a pretty big goal so I am very interested in what you have to teach. Backpacking, about 40 miles. I'm not a very big guy so I will have to travel very light. It may be a while before I am in the shape I need to be so I have plenty of time to read your blogs.
    Matt Kirkham
    aka Tom Younger

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  5. I have a pretty big goal so I am very interested in what you have to teach. Backpacking, about 40 miles. I'm not a very big guy so I will have to travel very light. It may be a while before I am in the shape I need to be so I have plenty of time to read your blogs.
    Matt Kirkham
    aka Tom Younger

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    1. thanks for your comments , Thomas, i have many "big guys" have a tough time the trick is once you know , own the kills you never have worry about being light , the ownership of the skills fixes that problem

      Dude

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