Best of Backdoor Survival 2014

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It has become blogging tradition to post an end of the year roundup of the best articles from the previous year. The problem, of course, is what constitutes the best? Is it the most viewed or the most shared? Or, perhaps, is it my own hand-picked favorites?

My choice this year is to highlight the ten most viewed articles since, after all, they are the most popular. Although some of these were written prior to 2014, they do represent those articles that new readers tend to visit and that long-term readers go back to over and over again.

The Best Prepping Articles of 2014 from Backdoor Survival

So, without much introduction, let us take a walk down memory lane and revisit the 10 most popular articles and the “Best of Backdoor Survival 2014” presented in order of popularity.

Top 10 Most Popular and Most Viewed Articles on Backdoor Survival in 2014

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival


DIY Miracle Healing Salve

DIY Miracle Healing Salve


Seven Facts Your Should Know About Ebola

Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola


40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World


9 Tips for Buying Property With Little or No Money

9 Tips for Buying Property With Little or No Money


How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries

How to Recharge Alkaline Batteries


DIY Liquid Castile Soap

DIY Liquid Castile Soap “Wonderful”


12 Months of Prepping One at a Time

12 Months of Prepping – The First Year


44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord

44 Fantastic Uses of Paracord for Prepping and Survival


Plus one more, not from the top ten, but a personal favorite that I felt was universally helpful to anyone serious about putting together a first aid kit.

8 Uncommon First Aid Items

Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items


Other Notable Items

A lot of things went on in the prepper blogging world in 2014.

Most notably, Pinterest became a huge draw and, as a matter of fact, more new readers came to this website from Pinterest than from any other source (here are my Pinterest Boards).

This had some ramifications in that a good deal of time was devoted to both finding the right graphic and formatting it with titles and something called metadata.  It was not fun work but, as with all things blogging, a part of the back end process that must be attended to.

Early in the year, after three major denial of service attacks, I changed web hosts and upgraded to a very secure hosting plan that will ensure you can continue to browse Backdoor Survival without incurring an online social disease.

I completely rewrote 12 Months of Prepping and hope to put it into a book format sometime in 2015 along with additional tables, worksheets, and checklists.  That said, doing so is quite time-consuming and definitely not a money making venture.  Still, I know that it will bring value, so I will strive to get this done.

On the bright side, the Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage was released in print format.  In addition, I lowered the price of the eBook to 99 cents so that everyone could afford a copy.  If Amazon would let me lower the price even more, I would.  By the way, I earn 33 cents per copy.  Really, that’s it.

There have been numerous requests to put the Backdoor Survival archive on a searchable DVD. I have researched authoring tools but as far as I can determine, each article would need to be formatted and added to the DVD individually.  I will continue to do research to determine if this can be done in an efficient manner.

A Brief Look Forward to 2015

Over the past few weeks, I have shared some insight as to where things are headed in 2015.  I want to continue to update and bring forward some of the survival basics I wrote about early on.  This will give me an opportunity to add more in depth information and to educate a new generation of preppers.

I also have started a new series that will be focused on the 10 Simple Strategies for Becoming a Prepper. I think you will like it.  Also a work in progress is a free e-course on how to use essential oils.

Beyond that, I will continue to work to introduce Backdoor Survival to a broader audience with additional articles pertaining to homesteading in place, natural healing and DIY projects.  Not to be left out, there will continue to be frequent reviews plus book and gear giveaways.

The Final Word

As we embark upon this new year, I have many resolutions as I am sure do you.  As you take steps to fulfill your bucket list, remember that regardless of what is happening in our world, you must live your life as normally as possible, without fear and with the knowledge you are doing the very best you can to prepare.

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for 2015!   Happy New Year!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Sick room supplies have become a very big deal to Backdoor Survival readers.  Although we have not heard much about Ebola lately but you can bet that the risk is still out there.  Here are some sick room supplies to have on hand as a preventative measure in the event things get serious.  Note that I am including a couple of amusements as well.  See the article: Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola which was one of the top articles of 2014.

3M N95 Particulate & Respirator Mask: This is an inexpensive mask that can be used in a variety of emergency situations. They come in a box of 20 and are NIOSH-certified. The molded cone design is fluid and splash resistant and will greatly reduces your exposure to airborne particles.

Moldex 2730 N100 Respirator Mask:  Do not confuse P100 masks with the N100s.  N100 is what you want since the P100’s are used to filter particulate only and not gasses and vapors.  Note that if you are on the small side, you will need to order the smaller version which is the Moldex 2731.

Disposable Protective Coveralls: There are plenty to choose from.  I purchased these DuPont White Tyvek Disposable Coveralls With Hood in a medium and it fit me okay with a bit of excess room left over.  Shelly needs a large, definitely. The Sunday Survival Buzz #136   Backdoor Survival

3M TEKK Protection Chemical Splash/Impact GoggleThe Sunday Survival Buzz #129   Backdoor Survival:  I read a ton of reviews before settling on these.  I was so impressed with both the fit and comfort that I ordered another pair to use as a spare.  These are great and the price is right.

Spark Naturals Essential Oils:  It is no secret that I prefer essential oils from Spark Naturals.  They are well priced and of the highest therapeutic quality.  You enjoy an additional 10% off all items, including sale items, when using code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.  In addition, SN announces a discounted “Item of the Week” every Monday, and yes, the extra 10% discount will apply.

Shield Protective Blend:  Here is a direct link to one my most diffused essential oils.  If you can only afford a few oils, I would suggest Shield, Lavender and Melaleuca (Tea Tree).

Bicycle Canasta Games Playing Cards:  This timeless classic will keep the entire family occupied when the power it out.  Playing cards or board games should be in everyone’s preparedness kit.

Ticket To Ride: This my favorite board game, bare none.  Family friendly, you will spend hours in front of the fireplace playing Ticket to Ride with your favorite people.  This is worth the splurge.


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For over 25 years Emergency Essentials has been providing the highest quality preparedness products at great prices.  Plus, each month they feature sales that quite honestly are fantastic.  This month note the great sale prices two of my favorites, the Mobile Washer (Hand Operated Washing Machine) now only $14.95 and the Tote-able Toilet Seat and Lid, now only $11.79.



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Best of Backdoor Survival 2014 — 5 Comments

  1. Happy New Year and may 2015 be safer and more productive than the last.

    I tried to enter the contest for the books but messed up the process.

    Most people do not use film cameras anymore but I found that the small plastic containers the 35 MM film comes in are great for storing items like matches, safety pins rubber bands and other small items.

    This has probably been suggested previously but if not, this is my suggestion for the contest…

    Dean L.

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