Another year has ended here at Backdoor Survival and what can I say? My readers are the most prepared and the most awesome preppers on the planet. They are ordinary folks living ordinary lives doing the best they can to be ready for life’s emergencies.
Looking back, I am sure that you will agree that 2013 has been quite the year on a lot of fronts. Most notably, the much dreaded SHTF never happened. Sure, there were some squeaks and bumps in the economy plus Obamacare and its ramifications have hit many of us hard.
Natural disasters and wonky weather continued to wreak havoc throughout the world. Although North America did not suffer from a major hurricane or tropical storm, other countries were not so lucky. Most notably, there are still 1,900 people missing and 4 million displaced following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. And then there is the continued tragedy of Fukushima, as plant #3 gives pause for concern to everyone living on the West Coast of North America.
But enough bad news. Today I want to cast a positive note on the past year by highlighting fifteen of the most popular articles on Backdoor Survival in 2013.
Top 15 Most Viewed Articles on Backdoor Survival in 2013
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In 2013, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals became hugely popular with readers as well as authors and publishers. The almost-weekly author interviews and book giveaways have exposed us to many great reads in both the the survival fiction and non-fiction genres We are currently about half way through Book Festival 4 and many great books and their authors are already lined up for Book Festival 5.
And then there were (and are) the giveaways. We gave away a WonderMill grain mill, a Royal Berkey, Mountain House food, a Tactical Traveler and a Lifestraw among many other things. The Winter Blast Giveaway will continue through the first couple of months of 2014 with more great items and an opportunity to win them for free.
BDS has 7,400 email subscribers (sign up here) and 10,300 Facebook fans. I continue to scour Amazon for relevant eBooks that are temporarily available for free and offer them to you on Facebook three or four times a week.
In July, I implemented a new site design that made navigation easier but alas, is still fright with behind-the-scenes woes that give me a lot of grief. These problems have resulted in a few outages but the good news is that I expect to have these problems corrected buy the end of January.
Finally, in 2013 I was offered a major book deal but ultimately turned it down so I could continue to focus on this blog. Instead I have chosen to publish short eBooks on Amazon, the first of which is The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.
A Look Forward into 2014
In addition to improvements in the site design, I am looking into a better comment system as well as a better anti-spam system. I am also taking steps to eliminate the rampant stealing of Backdoor Survival content by unscrupulous websites that are trying to make money off of the work of authors such as myself.
Content wise, I will be refreshing 12 Months of Prepping – One Month At a Time with updated material to help both newbie and experienced preppers with their preparedness journey. In addition, I will be sharing more real-life experiences and tips from readers such as yourself. I will also be expanding on practical DIY articles showing how to do everything from building an alcohol heater to baking bread on on outdoor grill.
Balance is everything in life and I plan to practice what I preach and spend more time with my husband, Shelly, and less time behind a computer.
The Final Word
I said in the beginning that 2013 has been quite the year. I fully expect 2014 to be more of the same. I would like to thank you so much for being fabulous readers and for staying loyal to Backdoor Survival.
Now here is a New Year’s surprise. I am giving away a copy of my book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage, to 5 readers who leave a comment below. No rules, no quiz, just leave a comment. The winner will be chosen at random from comments that are made on January 1st and 2nd.
Good luck to everyone and my best wishes for a Happy New Year!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Bargain Bin: I put some thought into the things I would want to have if or when there is another Great Depression. I own all of these items.
Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: Cast iron items were at the top of the list. My readers love cast iron and so do I. Also at the top were Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers and the Lodge Max Temp Handle Mitt.
All New Square Foot Gardening: I put in a Square Foot Garden last year and was pleased with the results. It is not too early to start planning for spring planting.
Clara’s Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories, and Recipes from the Great Depression: If you don’t know about Clara, be sure to read Depression Cooking: A Visit to Clara’s Kitchen.
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking: At an average cost of 50 cents a loaf, this bread is easy, delicious and inexpensive to make. Also Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients
How to Live on Wheat: Everything you need to know about wheat.
Fiskars 7855 8-Inch Hatchet: The Fiskars products are easily sharpened and will last a lifetime. For less than $25, what is not to like? Oh, and while you are at it, you might also like the Fiskars Axe & Knife Sharpener for an additional $10.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets (Pack of 10): I do believe in helping my neighbors in the community so a supply of these will be handy to hand out to those in need. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. Be sure to test one out in advance so that you have the confidence to trust the blanket in an emergency.
Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart: This book, by Joe Nobody, is the book you need this book if you care about defending your homestead.
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