Looking Back at the Future

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
Looking Back at the Future

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new yearWith all good intentions, I had planned today to post a philosophical article about mindset – the survival mindset to be exact.  And indeed, the article has been written but with a bit of serendipity, I decided to put the deep thinking piece off until another day.  Instead, I thought it would fun to recap and share the most popular Backdoor Survival articles of 2012 along with some of my views on what I see happening in 2013.

I call this looking back at the future.

The Top Articles of 2012

Coming up with the top articles was a bit of challenge.  First of all, many of you visit my home page that changes with each to article.  So, for all intents and purposes, the ever-changing home page would be the top article.  But that’s not fun.WW1_Poster_Patriotic_USA_America-1LG

Then, to add to the challenge, much of my work is also posted to Activist Post, Before Its News, Wake Up World and other sites.  I have no way of coming up with statistical totals from those sites other than the feedback from the site owners themselves.

Still, I do have some traffic status so – for what it is worth – here are the top articles of 2012.

Survival Gear Checklist – 15 Items to Get You Started

Written in 2011, this article is one of the top articles viewed in 2012.  In taking a new look at it, some changes are due.  In some cases I have discovered new and better products and in others, I have found a higher quality item for less money.  Watch for an update in 2013.

9 Mistakes Typically Made by Preppers

This article from last week clearly found a voice among both beginning and experienced preppers.  Given another month or two, this article may prove to be the most popular article of all time here on Backdoor Survival.

12 Months of Prepping – The First Year and Getting Prepared: 12 Months of Prepping, One Month at a Time

The two together – with the “The First Year” version being an update of the “Getting Prepared” version, are still popping up as weekly favorites.  I had hoped to layout the 12 months of year 2 in December but am now on track to do so in about a week followed up with Month #1 of Year 2.

Year 2 will focus a lot of skills in addition to the expansion of basic food supplies to a month or even longer.  There will be some new gear as well, but again, the primary focus will be on the skills you will need to survive following a disaster or crisis.

40 Items to Barter in a Post-Collapse World

I don’t know why I was surprised by this one.  If you missed it, be sure to check out my list of barter items.  There may be a few surprises you had not considered.

The Coming Collapse of the Internet

Have you considered the possibility of a total collapse of the Internet? In the book Broken Web, George Ure outlines why the coming collapse is something we all need to be concerned with – government kill-switch notwithstanding.

5 Things You May Not Have Thought of When Planning for an Emergency

People love lists and my readers are no exception.  This particular list went a bit viral and includes some common items you may have overlooked when putting together your survival supplies.

What are Antioxidants and Why Should the Prepper Care?

I write about healthy eating a lot and am thrilled that this particular article was one of the most popular in 2012.

How to Build an Outdoor Mud Oven for Use Now and When the SHTF

Do it yourself articles (DIY) are popular too.  Of all of the DIY articles posted last year, this was the number one fav.

Ten Tips That Will Guarantee You Have Food if SHTF

Anytime the term “SHTF” in the title, the viewer count escalates.  SHTF is an interesting concept and in 2013, I plan to explore how “SHTF” means different things to different people.

FEMA Faceoff: Truth as an Urban Legend

This article literally took months to complete.  A promised interview with a top FEMA executive took place but the PTB within his organization did not allow him to release his interview answers to me.  Instead, read the sanitized answered provided by the FEMA PR department.  A must read.

The Rising Tsunami of the Police State

I try not to subscribe to conspiracy and fear but sometimes I do need to speak my mind on political and government related matters.  This one was a bit hit among readers.

The Six Enemies of Food Storage

This became a classic around the net and was the topic of a couple of guest appearances on radio shows.  Just goes to show you that whether you are new to prepping or an old hand, getting back to the basics is something we all revisit time and time again.

Rosie We Can Do ItLooking forward to 2013

So what do I see coming up in 2013?  Here are five to get you started.

1.  Preppers will move more in to the mainstream in spite of the “out there” depiction on Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers series.  Grocery stores, warehouse clubs, online merchants and everyone else selling something will try to compete for our dollars.  Buyer beware.  Spend carefully on products that are part of your overall prepping plan.  This is not the time to make impulse purchases.

2.  Second amendment rights will dominate the news.  The shooting of innocents has provided fuel to our government and steps will be taken to limit our right to bear arms and to defend ourselves.  Be forewarned and stock up on ammo and magazines if you favor firearms.  If not, continue to acquire defensive skills including the proper use of pepper sprays, martial arts, and the like.

3.  Food and fuel prices will continue to escalate in a slow and insidious manner.  A nickel here, a dime there.  It all adds up and affects our ability to get by either on income from our jobs or our retirement savings and social security.

4.  The cost of healthcare will go up and the quality will go down.  Obamacare is part of the reason and greedy and deceptive health insurers are another.  The trickle down to working physicians does not exist and many are choosing to retire.  Furthermore, young people see the writing on the wall and realize they can make more money as a computer programmer than a physician so why bother with the time and expense needed to become a physician?

5.  Monsanto and the like will continue to take over our food supply and the government will ignore our call to recognize and study the ill-effects of GMO foods.  Unfortunately, I wish things were different but see no change on the horizon.  Our best bet is to grow (or catch) our own food.

These are just starters and to be honest, some of the others I have been thinking about are just too depressing to articulate.

The Final Word

Those of you that subscribe to my newsletter should have found a little New Year’s gift in your inbox this morning.  To everyone else, I want to pass on that I am having a dilemma with the newsletter in that I don’t know how to separate newsletter content from blog content.  Oy!  That will be something I need to work on in 2013 but if you have any thoughts, be sure to let me know.

In the meantime, I wish you all a happy, healthy and prepared New Year.  Thank you for being loyal to Backdoor Survival.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


Bargain Bin: I had every intention of sharing the top 20 picks for 2012 but heck, that can wait.  Today I stick with the basics – things that will enhance your ability to store food for the long term plus my favorite cast iron pieces.

Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: The basic standby for all types of cooking, inside or out. I also have the 15-inch skillet which is huge. But the 12-inch is my go-to cookware for everything, indoors and out.

Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers: A must have to go with that skillet.

Lodge Logic 4-Quart Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven: Love it love it love it. This is the perfect size for all types of things: baked beans, stews, and my favorite, peach cobbler.

60 – 300cc Oxygen Absorbers: This is one area where you want to make sure you are getting a quality product.

20 Gallon Size Mylar Bags: Another product I have purchase from OakTea through their Amazon store.

Mylar bags & Oxygen Absorbers: Sometimes it is more economical to purchase the oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags as a “kit”.

Remington Hair Straightening Flat Iron: Perfect for sealing those Mylar bags. This one is very affordable. For this purpose, there is simply no reason to spend more than that.

6-gallon Buckets with Gama Air-tight Lids: I purchased 20 of these and am using them to store gallon sized packages of food in either Mylar or Food Saver bags. With oxygen absorbers, of course.

Gamma Seal Lid- 6 Pack: If you can get your hands on some free buckets, this is the way to go.

Food Saver Jar Sealer: I can use this gadget to vacuum seal anything and everything in a wide mouth mason jar.

Lodge 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet: The basic standby for all types of cooking, inside or out.  I also have the 15-inch skillet which is huge.  But the 12-inch is my go-to cookware for everything, indoors and out.

Lodge Set of 2 Pan Scrapers: A must have to go with that skillet.

Lodge Logic 4-Quart Cast-Iron Camp Dutch Oven: Love it love it love it. This is the perfect size for all types of things: baked beans, stews, and my favorite, peach cobbler.

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The goal with these recipes is to help you rotate and take advantage of your food storage on a daily basis – not a bad idea if I do say so myself.  One other thing.  The recipes can be printed or saved in a PDF so they can be saved on your hard drive.

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