Our Plans for Backdoor Survival – Call for Writers!

Jodie Weston Jodie Weston  |  Updated: September 5, 2020
Our Plans for Backdoor Survival – Call for Writers!

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In case you missed it, please see Gaye’s post here

When I first spoke to Gaye about Backdoor Survival, I knew we had a gem.

Not only is Backdoor Survival an amazing resource in the Prepping space, it has that “extra” touch. It’s more than just another content site to me.

I thought it would be helpful to outline a few expectations to our readership. We have a dedicated mission to grow Backdoor Survival into the best positive prepping resource online.

What Will Change

New Faces: Behind the scenes, we are busy screening new writers to carry the message of Backdoor Survival. NOTE: if you are interested in writing for Backdoor Survival, see instructions at the end of this message.

New Channels: We are eager to try our hand at new distribution channels, such as Newsletters and even a YouTube channel.

More Gear Testing: We are planning to step up our gear testing, evaluating and recommending (or not!) prepping gear. We will test the gear as if SHTF already!

Re-design: Within the next 3 months we are looking to re-design Backdoor Survival into a more navigable resource which speaks to each visitor at their respective prepping experience level.

What Will Stay the Same

Positive Prepping: We will always carry this message close. Readers will never see “doom and gloom” for the sake of clicks. Enough said.

Actionable Advice: Gaye has paved the path, but Backdoor Survival will continue to deliver “in-the-trenches” advice with in-depth, well researched, articles.

Giveaways: Continue to look for giveaways and raffles. In fact, our team will be working on introducing more high value giveaways as a “thank you” to the community. If you have a product or know someone who could benefit from this, you can review this page for details.

Female Perspective: In this space, Backdoor Survival has a unique voice. Our team believes it is important to maintain this perspective moving forward. While we will continue to feature guest posts from the likes of Dr. Joe Alton (and others), the core message will be from the perspective of the Survival Woman. In fact, we will even have Gaye back from time-to-time as a guest contributor and definitely for a follow up interview.

A Call for Writers and Editors

Are you interested in writing for Backdoor Survival? We would love to hear from you. Send us an email at apply@backdoorsurvival.com. Please include a summary of your relevant experience!

Do you have editing experience? We are also looking for knowledgeable editors to help maintain the tone of Backdoor Survival. Similarly, you can send us an email at apply@backdoorsurvival.com.

Our Final Word

For as much as Gaye has given to this site, it’s you – the community – who carry the torch! As the Managing Editor, I am so very excited for this next phase.

On behalf of the entire Owl Mountain team, thank you for reading! Stay tuned for more great resources….

Over to you. What improvements could we make to Backdoor Survival?

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28 Responses to “Our Plans for Backdoor Survival – Call for Writers!”

  1. An area of concern that is not covered very well by prepper sites is preparing your body for difficult times. Im not talking about self defense or body building. A more immediate need is to think about how your body will adapt to long periods without sustenance. Most people are addicted to a starchy sugary diet. When those foods are suddenly hard to get all of those people will be very weak from blood sugar drops. They will be a huge liability on family members and anyone around them. They will be angry and desperate. Some conversations about how a paleo or ketogenic diet converts people from sugar burners to fat burners is in order. Fat burning is much more efficient for energy and can be sustained for days. Not feeling hungry and still having energy could mean the difference between making it or not. And it certainly is easier to flee a disaster for days if your partner is fat adapted and isnt laying down to rest every mile or ripping your head off because they are sick and miserable. Also those sugar burners will be put through a forced detox when they run out of their processed grains and sugar. A detox is a good thing to do in good times when you can take it easy at home. But not during an emergency. Becoming fat adapted, practicing fasting and regular detoxes all prepare your body and your health for hardships. For me being fat adapted means I can go out and do a trail workout in a fasted state and not feel hungry or weak or run out of energy. It also makes your brain more alert as well as countless other health benefits.

  2. I echo so many others when I say that Gaye’s style was a welcoming and sincere approach which reached us in a way that is hard to come by. Thank you for giving of yourself in such a way we all found special and believable. Enjoy yourself and thanks for passing your good works on. I know it won’t be the same without you but I am sure you left us in good hands. Peace

  3. I will be glad to give the new team a fair shot. I will miss Gaye and her way of doing things. Her style was kept me coming back to this site. Best in all your efforts.
    Gaye, Enjoy life and THANK YOU for all you have done for me with the site.
    Bob

  4. I too will miss Gaye, and have told her so personally. To the new editors, I am the author of the series on medicinal herbs, the articles on flour sack clothes and straw bale gardening, and also Life on a Mountain Farm, currently on Gaye’s remaining list of the Prepper Book Festival. I have tried several times to reach you by the email given, with no success. How can I get in touch??

  5. I look forward to all the changes and was a little sad when I read about Gaye’s departure. Then my internet went out early Sunday morning until Tuesday afternoon (today) and I had time to process it and many other things. I’m glad you wrote a transition post and the new site sounds like something I’ll learn from and enjoy. I do love gear testing and used to pour over the Consumer Reports magazines before all the online sources. I have a nursing and nutrition background, so there was always posts that interested me. I know my weakness is weapons training and I’ve learned a lot here. I do appreciate no gloom and doom messages since I’m a positive person and feel a good attitude will get you pretty far, even with things not always in your favor.

  6. Instead of you guys testing all the gear all of the time, why not hand it over to us?!? And don’t just send out one piece of each type of gear, send out several. This way you get a better chance of the results being unbiased. Then let us, the general public, use it for say a couple of weeks. After that test period, we would send in our own critiques on the gear. Y’all could even send out a questionnaire to be filled out after testing was completed.

    • I’ve thought about this. Possibly incorporating into the giveaways and having follow ups every so often to see how it’s holding up over time. Good stuff! Will add this to the list.

  7. Welcome! We will miss Gaye very much but we also need to give the new owners a fair chance. I guess this group has become close in some ways, like a neighborhood, even though we are scattered everywhere. A lot of info has been shared amongst the readers by the readers and I would like to see that continue. We all have something to offer. Let us continue to build the cookbook Gaye put together from our donations of recipe’s, that has a lot our attention and I myself am looking for more ideas using freeze dried food, etc.

  8. I agree with much that Karen had to say, as far as your ‘reception’ so far. Gaye’s announcement threw us all for a loop. She has been ‘the girl next door’ or like a sister to many of us, even if it was just on line. I think key to keeping many of us ‘old timers’ will be keeping that personal connection. IDK how that will work with a consortium of writers. But I, for one, am willing to stick around and give the new gang a fair chance. As long as you can maintain the integrity that Gaye has shown, I think you stand a fair chance. But be forewarned, if this ends up turning into another ‘click bait’ site, you will lose more followers than you gain. That is why most of us love Gaye so much.

    • Thanks for sharing. The goal is definitely not to turn this into a click-bait site. My goal is to continue to build an audience based on long term sustainability which means delivering valuable content that improves peoples lives, in the same vein as what Gaye has done. There may be some new voices on the site, but hopefully you will get to know them. Right now we are “trying out” a few different writers around focus areas of expertise, but nothing is set in stone. All I ask is that you provide honest feedback! The BDS community has the ability to help shape this next era.

  9. What are your plans for Gaye’s past content? Will all of her columns still be accessible/searchable or do you plan to retire them to obscurity?

    • Hi Nicole- Yes, absolutely. Everything will be accessible. In fact, we are planning different ways to make these 1000+ posts more easily accessible via design functionality. As I hope you will see, we plan on complimenting past articles and referencing the existing body of research while adding “connecting dots” to the content mix.

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