My favorite online haunts

Posted on: August 2, 2011

There are several places online I tend to frequent. Most, but not all, are survival related.

Post-Apocalyptic Forums: A great little message board devoted to all things post-apocalyptic (books, movies, video games, etc.). There is even a subsection of the board where real world survival tactics are discussed.

Post-Modern Pulps blog: My buddy Jack Badelaire is an even bigger geek than me when it comes to those cheesy action/adventure books from the 70s and 80s. He has a great blog here where he posts reviews and news. I’d encourage you to check out his new ezine, Hatchet Force Journal. It is just awesome.

Survival-Gear blog: Full disclosure, I write this blog. Monday through Friday, I post here on pretty much any topic imaginable relating to survival. From bug out bags to food storage plans, expedient wilderness shelters to choosing a survival knife, I’ve covered it and will continue to do so. Topic suggestions are always welcome!

SurvivalistBoards: This is a HUGE message board with literally thousands of registered members. From the newbie to the old pro, they have it covered here. Word of caution — you can’t go into this one thin-skinned. Lots of great, helpful people here but if you act like an ass, they’ll chew you up and spit you out. They do not suffer fools.

Bug Out Survival blog: Scott Williams has become one of my favorite survival writers. He has truly been there and done that and it shows. He knows what works, what doesn’t, and how to improvise on the fly when needed.

I also belong to several Yahoo Groups. For those who aren’t familiar with them, here’s how it works. You join a group by going to the group’s home page and clicking the Join button. Some groups are set up such that you can join immediately, while with others you have to be “approved” first. The approval is typically just a means to prevent spammers. Once you’ve joined the group, you’ll receive via email the posts made to the group by the members. Essentially, it is a way to discuss topics with hundreds of people all at once. The best thing to do is to join a group, then just sit tight for a couple days and read the posts as they come to you. This allows you to get a feel for how the group operates. But to truly get the most out of the experience, you have to participate in the discussions. Ask questions, give feedback, and get to know folks. I’ve made several very good friends over the many years I’ve been on various groups.

Here are a few I heartily recommend:

Women Survivalists: The focus is on the female perspective on survival matters but there are several of us tripods on the group as well. Deborah in the UP (author of The Self-Reliant Woman blog here on SW) formed this group with the idea being to provide a safe place for women to post questions and have discussions without fear of ridicule from the more vocal male segment of survivalists. It is truly a wonderful group and one I’m honored to be involved with.

Survival Retreat: One of the largest survival-related Yahoo Groups currently active. Chock full of sage advice from those who have been around the block more than just a couple times.

Survival Creed: Very similar to Women Survivalists above, but with more male presence.

Survival Homestead: I haven’t been on this group very long but I’m impressed with the knowledge represented here. Seems to be a good, solid group of nice folks.

Frugal Folks Life: If you want to learn ways to save money, do more with less, and pretty much any other topic relating to being frugal, this is THE group to join. I’ve been a member for many years and learn something new every day.

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