Tuesday, July 30, 2013
So Ya Wanna Classify Survival Bloggers Do Ya?
Another rainy day here today which means I was left inside to nap and contemplate more complicated thoughts and topics. Whenever I notice a small trend or common theme in the blogs I follow I take particular note and today just happened to present one of those common streams a bit.
Both HF over at Self Sufficient Mountain Living and Bison or James Dakin were intrigued enough today to blog about or mention Commander Zero's blog Notes from the Bunker.
It appears CZ was linked off of Rawles site last night and brought him a bit of notoriety. Not a thing wrong with that of course. I have discovered a few very refreshing and knowledgeable blogs linked off of Rawles site (Namely Patrice's Blog Rural Revolution, who I consider the premier level headed prepper female blogger of a long list linked on the left).
So occasionally a good blog is linked by Rawles. For that and that alone the "Survival blog" is well worth checking out. However the linkage of CZ made in impression which brought to light his most recent post which seeks to categorize many of today's survival/prepper oriented bloggers into several "themes". CZ's post is dated July 27th entitled "Last Blog Standing".
In it he mentions the recent tactical blogs, homesteaders, religious zealots, peak oil and maybe a few others. I really find no fault with his labels at all, perhaps he seems a bit judgmental but I certainly cannot fault anyone for that now can I?
Recently I had a discussion with Jacked Up Glock Mom over at her blog "Tales from the Clothesline" about followers and the like. Remembering this discussion and then seeing a similar topic going on today is what brought forth this post. There are a couple of blog classifications I think were not mentioned by Commander Zero and conveniently never labeled in the survival/prepper blogs of today.
There is the warm fuzzy prepper blogs. These bloggers can be very entertaining and in fact I count more than a few of them as internet blogging friends. These blogs are the most popular because they deal mostly in kitty pictures, food posts and lamenting about specific stupidity without classifying it. Occasionally they will also post pictures of neat items or links to some valuable information as well but they never cross a certain line and some even go so far as being able to compliment contrary political views all at the same time. This last ability is a skill I certainly never learned but these blogs do it well. Mostly however they are polite to all ideologies without openly supporting one themselves. Another useful trait at times I guess.
Then there are the Koolaid survivalist blogs. These blogs are dangerous but can prove useful as well. Some are very informative and in fact I classify Survival Blog as the premier Koolaid Blog. Why? Because they have huge resources and generally alot of knowledge but they just cannot shake off some mainstream ideologies that quite frankly get people killed even without a collapse scenario underway. The most blatant example of this is waving the "we are all alike flag" or what I like to call the Black Scientist myth created by Hollywood. By constantly painting unrealistic pictures they create a false feeling of familiarity which has over ridden a natural instinct of wariness in many people and ended badly. Some can never leave the racism label behind them but rest assured the common instinct that tells you to give a pack of wolves a wide circle when feeding on a carcass is anything but racism.
Which brings us to the last blog classification I will write about and that is the social realism survival blogs. These come in different levels of just how far the bloggers are willing to take it of course. Old habits are hard to break but they are in fact the best blogs out there because they promote common sense and an ability to look past the smoke screen of political correctness and see to the real heart of the matter. These blogs and bloggers are the true pioneers of the prepper blog community and every time I find one I link to it.
There are many skills and much knowledge survivalist, homesteaders, preppers whatever will need for whats coming but the most important skill will be the ability to look reality in the face and shake off social engineering myths and indoctrination programming. Reality will get you killed if you don't recognize it and an ability to see through a friendly facade is a favor you should thank mother nature and a realism blogger for daily.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!