Best of Backdoor Survival 2015

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In typical blogging tradition, at the beginning of each year I take a look back at the previous year and compile a list the most popular articles of the year.  As I did so this year, it became apparent that most popular articles in terms of page views were not necessarily articles published in 2015.  Making sense of the most viewed list was further puzzling since many of the so-called popular articles were less prepper-centric than I would have guessed.

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This year I decided to deviate from tradition and share a month by month chronology of what I feel were the best and the most useful articles of 2015.  Then, as I do each year, I will provide a peek at what we will see going forward.  I hope you enjoy this walk through 2015 and find a gem or two you may have missed.

The Best Articles of 2015 – Organized by Month

January 2015

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5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community

Honorable Mention:  Birch Essential Oil for Arthritis, Muscle and Joint Pain

February 2015

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6 More Uncommon First Aid Items

Honorable Mention:  How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival

March 2015

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DIY Simple Salve: An All Purpose, All Natural  Ointment and Carrier Oil

Honorable Mention: Survival Basics: Using Oxygen Absorbers for Food Storage

April 2015

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8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important

Honorable Mention:  How to Deal With Open Wounds When Help is Not on the Way

May 2015

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Best Practices: The Every Day Carry Bag aka EDC

Honorable Mention:  What to Look for When Shopping for Food Storage

June 2015

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The Three Most Important Survival Skills According to Grandpa

Honorable Mention: Canning Jars 101 – Everything You Need To Know and More!

July 2015

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An Open Letter to Preppers: How to Conquer Self-Doubt

Honorable Mention: 12 Skills for Preppers That Money Just Can’t Buy

August 2015

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How to Create an Emergency Ammo Can First Aid Kit

Honorable Mention:  50 Reasons Why Preppers Need Vinegar in Their Stockpiles

September 2015

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10 Smart Survival Strategies for the Woman Living Alone

Honorable Mention: Homesteaders and Preppers: We Are All On the Same Team

October 2015

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Struggling With The Burden of Truth and Knowledge

Honorable Mention:  The Best Practices for Using Mylar Bags

November 2015

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What You Need to Know About Eating Expired Food

Honorable Mention:  How To Build Your Own Perfect Bug Out Bag

December 2015

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11 Mistakes and Goofs That Every Prepper Should Avoid

Honorable Mention:  30 Reasons Why You Might Be a Crazy Prepper Nut Job

Other Notable Items

For 2015, 44% of the readers accessed the website from a desktop or laptop computer, 36% by mobile device, and 20% by tablet.  In addition, the top social network was Pinterest followed by Facebook.  No surprise there.

In 2015, Backdoor Survival Book Festivals continued to be hugely popular with readers as well as authors and publishers.  The variety and quality of both fiction and non-fiction books in the niche has improved since the early days and  I am personally committed to presenting the best of the best so that the cream will rise to the top.  Expect more of the same in 2016.

Likewise, giveaways have been extremely well received.  More are planned for 2016, but perhaps with more balance than in the past.  One thing is certain: I have learned a lot from your responses to those “giveaway questions”.  In a way, they become a mini-forum for sharing ideas between each other and that is a very good thing!

The Survival Buzz has matured a bit.  Instead of simply writing about preps, I now try to include a weekly motivational piece so you have something to think about.  This is part of the overall focus of writing less about stuff and more about process.

At the end of December, there were 22,570 email subscribers (sign up here), 28,475 Facebook fans, and 14,900 Pinterest followers.  Holy smokes!  That is a lot of preppers and I am humbled by your loyalty.

A Look Forward to 2016

As much as I try to view into my virtual crystal ball to see what is coming down the line, I always seem to be wrong.  That being said, as of this moment, here is what I see happing next year.

In 2016 I plan to continue to focus on well researched articles and series of articles that will stand the test of time.  Much like the series on Propane for Preppers, Emergency Water for Preppers, and How to Set Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, these articles may not be the headline grabbers that make Google and drive-by readers happy, but they are solid and should withstand the test of time.

Along those lines, throughout the year, I plan on updating many older articles from 2012 and 2013 that are getting a bit long in the tooth.  The information is still good but it needs to be enhanced and brought to the forefront for new readers to see and for long-term readers to revisit.

I will continue to share what I know and personally experience with essential oils and DIY projects, plus spend more time exploring the concept of frugality as it relates to preparedness.  Although much has been written about the Great Depression, I want to focus on frugality with more focused a 21st century twist.

Finally, it is time for a site facelift. Backdoor Survival needs to be faster and more nimble and easier to navigate to exactly the information you are looking for.  This will become a major undertaking that I hope to outsource, at least for part of it.


The Final Word

As a person that does not like change, it is easy to fall back on old habits.  Still, I recognize that change represents progress and so Backdoor Survival will march forward.  I am hopeful that little tweaks here and there will make your reading experience easier, and that what you learn will help you streamline both your preps and your skill set.

Please know that I feel your pain when you tell me you are overwhelmed by the scope of it all because there are days when I feel it too. I also empathize with those of you that are merely tolerated by family members who don’t buy into the need to prepare.  As always, those will always be things that I write about as we take steps moving forward, one prep at a time.

Embrace the new year everyone!  We really are in this together.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Bargain Bin:  Today I share some of my favorite books and the cast iron skillet that belongs in every prepper kitchen!

How to Sew a Button and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew:  You are going to love this book.  It is charming and and timely and filled with good-natured humor and the loving spirits of grandmothers everywhere.

How to Build a Fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew: From the same author and another good one.  The book offers a glimpse into the hearts and minds of grandfathers near and far by sharing their practical skills and sweet stories on how to be stronger, smarter, richer, and happier.

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath:  The hallmark book, by award winning journalist Ted Koppel, will hopefully educate the sheeple and motivate them to embrace the message of preparedness.  For the rest of us, there is much to learn about the state of preparedness, or lack thereof, at the highest levels of our government.  Read more:  Prepper Book Festival 10: Lights Out by Ted Koppel.

Growing Up in the Great Depression: If you liked Clara’s Kitchen, you are going to love this book.  Written by 93 year old Delores Mixer, learn about her life growing up during the Great Depression.  The ways that she and her brother contributed to the family “kitty” are ingenious.  (Going to the Ice Warehouse, picking up pieces that fell off the ramp, then selling them to neighbors for a few cents a chunk – that is just one example.)

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way: This book teaches how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, including strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

Cast Iron Skillet with Hot Handle Holder: Likewise, I feel that everyone should own a basic, 12” cast iron skillet.  In spite of the myth, they are easy to care for and over time, will become a family heirloom.  On grid or off grid, cooking with cast iron is the way to go.

The Ringer Cast Iron Cleaner – Stainless Steel Chainmail:  I purchased one of these in October 2015 and it is friggin’ fantastic.  You will never ever have to scrub cast iron again.  I can’t say enough good things about this gizmo.  You want one (and I definitely need to do a review).


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Best of Backdoor Survival 2015 — 3 Comments

  1. Well put together piece. Always love to see “the best of” anything! Will revisit many of these. You put a lot of time and effort in to helping others. You probably don’t get enough credit for it either. I wish I could invite you over for French press coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls (made from freshly ground kamut!)….or better yet, Virginia wine and cheese! Cheers to you and yours in 2016 and thanks for all you seemingly tirelessly do.

  2. Thanks Gaye for your continued encouragement when we don’t receive it from friends and family because they think we’re prepping nuts. I’ll bookmark this piece for future reference.
    Happy New Year and continued success on the blog.

  3. Thanks for all your thought and research. Too many other prepper sites focus on defense, so I greatly appreciate your focus on everyday living when TSHTF. Your product recommendations from personal experience are invaluable. Most of us would not want to spend money on things of unknown worth, nor even realize that some of those items are out there. Occasionally I find what I consider a better version of something you’ve reviewed, but I wouldn’t have known about it in the first place without your review. So keep up the good work and have a wonderful, fulfilling, peaceful 2016!

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